Special Service for Groups / Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (SSG/APIFM)

Special Service for Groups / Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (SSG/APIFM)

Based in Los Angeles, Special Service for Groups (SSG) is a non-profit health and human service organization dedicated to building and sustaining community-based programs that address the needs of vulnerable communities. Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (APIFM) is an SSG division established in 2007 (as Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention

Special Service for Groups / Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (SSG/APIFM)

Based in Los Angeles, Special Service for Groups (SSG) is a non-profit health and human service organization dedicated to building and sustaining community-based programs that address the needs of vulnerable communities. Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (APIFM) is an SSG division established in 2007 (as Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance, or APIOPA) to ensure that Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities are represented in efforts to address local community health and environmental justice issues. SSG/APIFM’s family of programs address issues such as food access, nutrition education, tobacco prevention, COVID-19 outreach and education, and environmental justice.

About the Organization:

Based in Los Angeles, Special Service for Groups (SSG) is a non-profit health and human service organization dedicated to building and sustaining community-based programs that address the needs of vulnerable communities. Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (APIFM) is an SSG division established in 2007 (as Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance, or APIOPA) to ensure that Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities are represented in efforts to address local community health and environmental justice issues. SSG/APIFM’s family of programs address issues such as food access, nutrition education, tobacco prevention, COVID-19 outreach and education, and environmental justice.

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

31+ YEARS

The Issue:

In the San Gabriel Valley (SGV) region of Los Angeles County (LAC), the cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park are predominantly home to communities of color, with over half of residents identifying as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI). Residents of these cities face numerous environmental burdens, including pollution (air, water, and soil) and disproportionate effects of climate change. These issues contribute to inequitable health outcomes among residents, including increased risk for preterm births, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Despite these challenges, there is a lack of public education available to AANHPIs in the SGV to increase awareness of local environmental burdens and linkages to health, including among youth. There is a critical need for the future leaders of Alhambra and Monterey Park to have the opportunity to learn about the environmental issues impacting their communities and advocate for safe, healthy, and just neighborhoods.

The Solution:

The Environmental Justice Summer Institute (EJSI) will engage with AANHPI youth and other youth of color from the San Gabriel Valley (SGV) on environmental justice issues affecting their communities. Through a combination of education and empowerment, the EJSI project aims to ignite a passion for environmental justice among youth and inspire students to become advocates for themselves and their communities. To achieve this, SSG/APIFM will develop a curriculum that takes youth outside of the classroom setting to improve their understanding of local environmental justice challenges. We will also recruit and engage 15 youth in a 9-week summer program that provides education on the scope and complexity of environmental justice issues, provides training on advocacy and community organizing, and exposes students to potential careers in the environmental justice movement. Through this unique program, we hope to spark genuine interest, connection, and enthusiasm about health and environmental justice among participating youth.

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