The Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute was launched in October 2006 in honor of Secretary Mineta’s lifetime career achievements of promoting civic participation and public service. The NYMLI Institute focuses a series of weekend-long leadership trainings for nonprofit staff, community leaders and volunteers in cities across the county. Trainees are taught to run an effective voter-mobilization program and incorporate civic participation into an organization and or coalition’s existing structure. In 2016, trainings are being planned in a dozen states.
APIAVote works with the Election Protection coalition and other organizations to advance the right of voters and ensure that our communities have unencumbered access to the ballot box. APIAVote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC also run the toll-free AAPI voter hotline, which provides bilingual assistance in various languages to voters.
Out of all racial and ethnic groups, Asian American youth are the least likely to be registered to vote, yet they are some of the most engaged in volunteering and other forms of involvement in the community. There is extensive potential in engaging the AAPI youth across the United States, especially on college campuses with active Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations and students. APIAVote works with youth networks, as well as other organizations, to engage AAPI youth voters.
The APIAVote Internship Program strives to encourage and cultivate young AAPI student leaders to explore a career in the public sector or the political arena. This internship program will also provide hands on experience and training on how to organize and implement voter activities to increase the participation of AAPIs in the electoral process.
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APIAVote participates in several AAPI student conferences across the nation to provide workshops and trainings to students so they learn different organizing strategies, develop their own sense of power, and have tangible strategies on how to best turn out voters from their campus and uplift the voices of AAPI students in their community.
APIAVote attends regional conferences that bring over 800-1000 students like the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), the Midwest Asian American STudent Union (MAASU), and the Southeast Regional Conference for AAPI Leaders (SERCAAL). APIAVote also attends ethnic-specific conferences like the Hmong National Conference, the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA) , and the Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (FIND Inc.)
Each of these conferences bring a unique array of AAPI students to dialogue about how their community overcomes adversity. APIAVote develops culturally competent workshops that addresses and supports these communities to encourage real life action.
#WeTheAAPI Ambassador Program
APIAVote’s #WeTheAAPI Ambassador Program is an initiative which provides forty AAPI student organizations from twenty-three states and forty college campuses across the United States with the skills and resources necessary to amplify and educate the AAPI community about the importance of civic engagement and political participation.
The 2017-2018 ambassador cohort includes campus organizations from 22 states ranging from the Asian Student Union, Korean Student Association, Chinese Student Association, Sikh Student Association, South Asian Student Association, to greek organizations such as Alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority and Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity.
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APIAVote works with local nonprofits organizations, coalitions and civic groups and helps them incorporate civic and voter engagement into their existing frameworks. Based on the successes of previous election cycles, APIAVote continues to assess leadership, coalition, and organizational infrastructure between our local partners and national partners.
Developing an approach to organizing inclusive of the national and local levels and of AAPIs’ diversity and experience, and is what led APIAVote to redefine its alignment with local and national partners. With these new relationships APIAVote creates and implements strategic joint program initiatives that will strengthen the framework and infrastructure for long term engagement.
APIAVote has been aggressive in developing and executing its communication and media relations strategy with the focus on promoting AAPI issues and stories that highlight the importance of AAPI civic and electoral participation.
In addition, APIAVote is working with its media and community partners in developing a communications infrastructure that will strengthen the capacity to frame and promote appropriate messages that will support the overall education, outreach and mobilization activities at the local level.