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.
APIAVote is seeking passionate student groups to participate in our 2017-2018 Student Ambassador Organization Program. We are looking for student organizations at U.S. colleges and universities to amplify the message of civic engagement and political participation, to educate their peers about the APIA narrative, and engage their peers in building power for their community.
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 Ambassador is to build power for APIA youth on college campuses and have the APIA community participate in the civic and political process.
Your organization will be key in coordinating volunteer and team recruitment, voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote program on your campus, educate your community on current APIA topics, and build sustainable programming at your school.
APIAVote will support Ambassadors through regular webinars and trainings, online hangouts, one-on-one advising, development of materials and technical assistance. In addition, there will be a mandatory 3-day training in Washington DC during the summer.
The Student Ambassador Organization program runs from July 2017 to December 2018. APIAVote is offering a $1000 stipend to each Ambassador Organization participating in the program.
Requirements of Student Ambassador Organizations:
- Be recognized on their college campus;
- Focus on the APIA community;
- Have a current college student representative to be the liaison to APIAVote;
- Committed to participate in the full 18-month program from August 2017 through December 2018;
- Dedicated to promoting civic participation of AAPIs in the electoral and public policy processes
- Information about your organization and campus
- Essay Questions about why your organization wants to be an APIAVote ambassador and how to engage your community
- Interview with an APIAVote staff member
Applications will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2017.