Voting is a habit-forming practice, and voting young prepares the electorate to keep voting when they get older. Out of all eligible Asian American and Pacific Islander voters 26.7% are AAPI ages 18-30—a significant share of the citizen voting age population. Engagement with AAPI youth is a critical component of voter outreach.
Out of all racial and ethnic groups, Asian American youth are the least likely to be registered to vote in 2012, 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.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) will continue our partnership with youth coalitions, including the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU), the National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA), to name a few. From past collaboration, we have found that youth voter engagement, particularly the millennial generation, cannot be done weeks prior to an election, but instead must be done over time through relationship-developing and consistent engagement.
APIAVote is rolling out a network of youth ambassadors to invest in their campuses and communities and engage their peers. We are looking for Individuals and Student Organizations on various campuses to amplify the message of civic engagement and political participation.
APIAVote will work with our Ambassadors to develop and implement a voter engagement program on their campus and in their community. The focus of the campaign is to register and turn out young voters for the 2016 elections and to recruit volunteers for our efforts. You or your organization will be key in coordinating volunteer and team recruitment, voter registration drives, and a get-out-the-vote program on their college campuses and in their communities.
APIAVote will support Ambassadors through regular webinars and trainings, online hangouts, development of materials and technical assistance. APIAVote will provide mini-grants on a case-by-case basis to support the work of these ambassadors, to ensure they are supported and integrated into the APIAVote voter contact program. This program is volunteer based.
- College or graduate student
- Leadership abilities
- Oral and written communication skills
- Dedicated to promoting civic participation of AAPIs in the electoral and public policy processes
- Information on your campus or community (location, etc.)
- 100 word paragraph on why you want to be an APIAVote Ambassador and how you plan to engage your community