This year marks CACF’s 12th year of organizing the Asian American Student Advocacy Project (ASAP). In our largest cohort to date, this year’s ASAP comprised of 40 members from all across NYC. CACF believes that Asian Pacific American (APA) youth have a meaningful role in promoting justice and equity. In ASAP, high school youth are empowered to share their stories, and make sure their voices are represented alongside the voices of decision makers and officials.
On June 17th, 2016 ASAP held a community briefing where they updated community stakeholders on their work in the past year. As an eventful year for ASAP, they reported back on all their advocacy endeavors. Some notable actions were: developing and conducting community surveys for the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene on the impact of tobacco use on APA youth; discussing the impacts on bullying of APAs to the Federal Department of Justice and Department of Education; and launching their own campaign to establish Ethnic Studies in NYC public schools.
Over 100 people attended this year’s briefing. This event was attended by various city official offices including the City Comptroller’s Office; the Public Advocate’s Office; theCity Council Speaker’s office, and members of the City Council Education Committee and the NYC Department of Education.