We believe that youth united by a common
purpose can make a difference. We aim to establish and maintain a forum
for free dialogue and for positive change in our communities. Our
initiatives are diverse and include avenues to abolish stereotypes, to
educate ourselves and others about Asian Pacific Americans, to celebrate
our heritage, and improve race relations. Our hope is for all to be able
to contribute to society. CAPAY May 14, 1994
CAPAY is run by and for APA youth. A Steering
Committee directs the organization with the help of the YouthLearn
Members, High School Youth Organizers, and the General Members. Hundreds
of General Members, Student Volunteers, and APA youth participate in
CAPAY's initiatives. The CAPAY Coordinator and Adult Advisors provide
support and guidance for the Steering Committee and APA youth.
APA young people face many complex challenges and
deserve a voice in the issues that concern them. Through CAPAY, APA
youth can find that voice and learn the skills needed to become leaders.
CAPAY believes that youth united can make a difference.
CAPAY aims to improve race
relations, support youth-led activism in schools and communities, and
provide leadership training to APA youth. Ongoing projects focus on
issues such as APA civil rights, history, culture, community organizing,
and immigration concerns.
Leadership Development focuses on developing critical leadership
skills for young people to become activists in their high schools and
Building provides resources and support for APA youth in high
schools, focusing on the educational, social, and cultural development
of APA youth.
Newsletter is a quarterly newsletter written, compiled, and
organized by CAPAY youth. It creates a forum for vital issues impacting
APA youth such as cultural identity and civil rights.
Leadership Program includes an Annual Strategic Planning
Retreat, and engages newly elected Steering Committee and general
members in training on CAPAY's programs.
Leadership Symposium is the kick off event for the statewide
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Education Project (APAHMEP). The
symposium provides resources and technical assistance to Massachusetts
high schools students to educate others on APA history, heritage,
immigrant experiences, and APA contributions to America.
YouthLearn Program engages APA high school youth in
community-based activities, and projects planning that empowers them
and their communities.
American Studies Workshop is a series of workshops on Asian
American history that offer APA youth the opportunity to learn about
their own history and issues that are relevant to them, which they may
not learn in their own schools.
Alumni Network allows former CAPAY members the opportunity to
mentor younger members. The network also supports their work
environment to promote awareness and positive change.