Sponsor Pacific Island-Based Students to Attend a Higher Education Summit in DC

submission by APIASF
Sponsor Pacific Island-Based Students to Attend a Higher Education Summit in DC

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http://www.apiasf.org

Describe the creative youth microprojects that your nonprofit would fundraise for if you win.

Eight thousand miles & an ocean. This is the distance between the US mainland & US territories in the Pacific Islands (PI). PI-based students have limited access to college, career preparation & leadership development opportunities in the US due to affordability, technology & geography. PI college participation rates are low: roughly 50% of Native Hawaiians & PIs over age 25 do not enroll in postsecondary education. APIASF addresses these issues at our Higher Education Summit (HES) in DC, which convenes the nation’s leaders to discuss how to improve college access & success and achieve educational equity, particularly for marginalized & vulnerable students. The student voice is central to the HES dialogue. We want to sponsor 4 PI students (who are PI-based) to attend & participate in our HES for leadership & professional development. This meets a critical need by empowering these students to engage in a dialogue with key stakeholders who shape higher education policies & programs.

Explain how possibly gaining funding through the Give for Youth platform would better able you to complete these projects.

We’re the only national scholarship nonprofit supporting PIs with financial assistance and leadership development. Civic engagement is at the core of what we instill in our Scholars. Supporting PI-based students to attend our HES fosters leadership and professional competencies, and contributes to a vital need to cultivate a PI education and leadership pathway. PIs coming from meager means who demonstrate high potential for success often don’t have access to these opportunities. Without investment, a cycle of perpetuating inequitable outcomes for PIs is created. When the power of knowledge is recognized by the student, their voice becomes a catalyst for change. This is what happens at our HES: we create a platform for PIs to leverage their voice to translate personal experiences into a public issue. Support these students and you empower the next generation of PI leaders to create social change for their communities.

Describe why your nonprofit is innovative and entrepreneurial.

APIASF has many reasons why we are innovative and entrepreneurial; first and foremost, it’s because our community demands it. The AAPI community is growing rapidly, outpacing all other ethnicities in the US. Our needs are dynamic, misunderstood and diverse, and our higher education needs in particular are largely overlooked. The support structure to respond to these needs does not exist, so we must create it. Attending our HES engages students in an active dialogue about leadership, identity, and the greater AAPI community. One challenge we often face is that many of our programs are unprecedented. In an environment where so many nonprofits are duplicating efforts and failing to demonstrate social impact, APIASF has set itself apart & is being recognized by groups like the Social Impact Exchange. Our scalable business plan and careful evaluation of the success of our efforts has resulted in being recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 socially impactful organizations.

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Thank you for your comments. Sorry, Kfuega, you may be right, I haven

by linda.birmingham
about 1 year ago | Reply

True to a great Vietnamese proverbial saying that goes: “A mark of gentility to achieve or a mark of humiliation to suffer from is predestined in each phase of a human life”, The fact that I have been a permanent resident in the United States since April 2010, and now have become an American college student with a prestigious scholarship awarded by the APIASF, when already having 58 years behind me, is a huge honor to me as well as a great motivational force to get my academic goal soon realized, then have a chance to serve my community. Again, thank APIASF.
Hung Ta, APIASF Scholarship recipient, 2012

by adamta55
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for awarding me the scholarship. I am able to concentrate on my education that is very important for me. Your financial generosity has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal and has inspired me to help others by giving back to community in healthcare field.

by Danica_H
about 1 year ago | Reply

"PI" usually refers to the Philippines ...it may be confusing to islanders if they are referred to as PI students.

by linda.birmingham
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for your comment. “PI” in this instance was used frequently due to a character limit on the submission. We appreciate your feedback and will keep that in mind for future correspondence.

by APIASF
about 1 year ago | Reply

Hmm...I often hear PI used to reference Pacific Islanders, and most students I've worked with know or self-identify as PI as well.

by Kfuega
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for your comments. Sorry, Kfuega, you may be right, I haven’t been to the mainland for awhile. I've been living on an island in the Pacific for over 20 years. Out here, PI refers to the Philippines / Philippine Islands. Generally, Islanders refer to themselves more specifically as Chamorro, Carolinian, Yapese, Chuukese, etc.

by linda.birmingham
about 1 year ago | Reply

I am Truong Le, I was born Viet Nam. Right now, I live in the United States. This is a first time that I join APIASF.

by letruong303
about 1 year ago | Reply

I am Truong Le, I was born Viet Nam. Right now, I live in the United States. This is a first time that I join APIASF.

by letruong303
about 1 year ago | Reply

APIASF helped me confirm my passion for higher education. Although other passions like public health drives my career, I wouldn't have known how much of an impact I could make and how much higher education really put me on the right path in life. It was due to the higher education summit that pointed me to really advocate and stand for higher education opportunities for the API community.
-Yian Saechao

by Saechao.23
about 1 year ago | Reply

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