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Newsletter: May 2021





How To: Build Allies


This month's "How To" video shines a light on actions you can take to build allies within the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. In this video, you'll find three introductory steps on how you can build your allyship network!


During this Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we encourage our audience to consider showing their allyship and support towards Asian Pacific American community organizations, companies, and other AAPI-serving institutions and reflect on what we can do to uplift these communities in their time of need. For a list of resources and materials that you can share and amplify head to our website here.


Watch the video here.


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Calling all High Schoolers:

2021 Youth Leadership Academy



Our Youth Leadership Academy immerses AAPI high school students in a week-long program on the political process and leadership development. APAICS aims to give youth the spaces and tools to approach sociopolitical issues in AAPI communities so that they can see the viability of a career path in public service. Please circulate this program with interested youth in your network.

The deadline to apply is May 14th at 11:59 PM ET! Get your applications in today!

Program Dates: June 21st through June 25th

Program Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT.

To apply for our Youth Leadership Academy, please click here.

Apply to Eastern Regional Leadership Academy Today!




Races for New York City Council, Virginia House of Delegates, and more offices are opening across the country. Thinking of running? Apply for our Eastern Regional Leadership Academy (RLA).

APAICS invites Asian American and Pacific Islanders interested in running for public office in the eastern seaboard region of the United States to join us for a 2-day training. The training will cover campaign planning, fundraising, and online communications. Whether you're considering elected office in the future or filing for candidacy now, sign up to meet campaign experts and other AAPIs running for public office. Run for office and be the representation you want to see in government! Submit your application here.

Last Chance to Sign up for Kakehashi 2021



APAICS and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) will be hosting a Kakehashi event on June 15th, 2021, from 8-10 PM EDT. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and engage in cultural exchange with University students from Japan.

Space is limited, but we still have a few spots left! Current students of Asian American and/or Pacific Islander (excluding Japanese American students) descent with an interest in Japanese politics, culture, and business are encouraged to apply! (For Japanese American students interested in participating, check out our friends at the Japanese American Citizens League more information). To apply for this year's virtual Kakehashi Program visit bit.ly/Kakehashi2021 today.

How Local Leaders Can Address

Gender-based Violence in API Community


In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) and Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) of the National League of Cities will host a joint membership meeting on How Local Leaders Can Address Gender-based Violence in API Community.

Join us on Wednesday, May 26 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET for a discussion on how municipal leaders can address and prevent violence against AAPI women. Register Here for the event.


Applications for the

National Leadership Academy are Open!


Are you a passionate citizen who wants to make change in their community? Or an elected official seeking higher office? Apply to APAICS's annual National Leadership Academy (NLA), an in-depth three-day leadership training event for AAPI leaders who are running for office.

Program Dates: July 16-18, 2021 Deadline to apply: Friday, July 9, 2021 Apply for our National Leadership Academy here.


Congrats Class of 2021-2022 APAICS Fellows!



On June 3, 2021, at 12:30-1:30 PM ET, join us for a virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate our class of 2020-2021 fellows! Our fellows have completed their nine-month fellowship working in Congressional offices on the Hill.

Congratulations to our class of 2020-2021 Fellows: Natasha Anis - Office of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Mieko Kuramoto - Office of Congressman Mark Takano Veena Muraleetharan - Office of Senator Maggie Hassan Michelle Nguyen - Office of Congresswoman Susie Lee Joshua Shin - Republican Study Committee Judith Teruya - Office of Congresswoman Grace Meng Tony Tran - Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu Register for our Fellows Graduation here.