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.
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.
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 APIAVote Ambassadors
APIAVote’s #WeTheAAPI Ambassador Program is an initiative which provides 30 AAPI student organizations from 20 states and 34 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 2019-2020 ambassador cohort includes campus organizations from 20 states ranging from the Asian Student Union, Chinese Student Association, Sikh Student Association, South Asian Student Association, to greek organizations such as Alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, and Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity.
* If you are interested in getting involved in youth voter engagement for Fall 2020, please contact Julie Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org!
This handbook is a resource that includes APIAVote's ambassador training for best practices of voter registration and education. Check it out below!