For Immediate Release:
May 23, 2023
WASHINGTON – The Alliance for Youth Action celebrates generations of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) trailblazers who have paved the way as we uplift AANHPI youth organizers leading the fight for a more just, equitable, and inclusive future. At the state level, Alliance Network organizations Asian Community Development Council (ACDC), One APIA Nevada, and North Carolina Asian Americans Together (NCAAT) are inspiring civic participation and fostering future AANHPI leaders every day.
AANHPI youth are a formidable political force that should never be overlooked. In the last presidential election, 83% of Asian-Americans ages 18-29 supported Biden, and if the President hopes to retain their vote in 2024, he’ll need to demonstrate early on in his campaign how he’s supporting and investing in AANHPI communities.
We celebrate the organizations and AANHPI organizers in our network focused on building AANHPI youth power:
ACDC and One APIA Nevada work to build AANHPI power across the state of Nevada through year-round voter engagement, advocating for policies that further the interests of the community, and through grassroots engagement and coalition building around issues that matter most to the AANHPI community. Earlier this month, ACDC and One APIA Nevada brought 100+ community members to the Nevada state legislature where they had over 50 meetings with legislators and to advocate for 389,000+ AANHPIs in Nevada on policies that will impact them.
NCAAT is committed to supporting equity and justice for all by fostering community among Asian Americans and allies in North Carolina through civic engagement, leadership development, grassroots mobilization and political participation. NCAAT kicked off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with their second annual Asian American Advocacy Day. From students to young professionals to parents to community leaders, people showed up to share their stories and hopes for the future. NCAAT informed legislators about their diverse constituents and the issues they face day-to-day, as well as the policies that would improve the growing Asian American community in North Carolina.
We also want to shine a light on the incredible AANHPI organizers in our network who build AANHPI youth power all year long. Here is one youth organizer spotlight from NCAAT. Read more AANHPI organizer spotlights here.
Samuel Lynn (he/him)
Field Manager for North Carolina Asian Americans Together
Sam comes to NCAAT with a passion for creating the capacity for change through enhanced civic engagement. He’s a life-long resident of North Carolina, growing up in Johnston County just outside Raleigh before moving to obtain his Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from UNC – Chapel Hill. With a background in grassroots organizing and political fieldwork, Sam is dedicated to building political power and leverage for marginalized communities through solidarity and social justice.
“I want my legacy to show that I saw needs in my community and chose to engage in the ways that I could, rather than stay on the sidelines. We owe it to everyone who could not, or can not, act themselves to do everything in our power to bring change.”
To schedule an interview with the leaders of ACDC, One APIA Nevada, and/or NCAAT, please reach out to Carmel Pryor at email@example.com.