I’m writing today to update you on the great progress ECAASU's Civil Rights Taskforce has been making in our partnership with APIAVote in collaborating with the Youth Census Advocacy Project, or YCAP initiative! If you missed the message last week: over the course of the past several months, I’ve been working with local students across the Washington D.C. in expanding the Youth Census Advocacy Project (YCAP), an initiative that I started to promote Asian and Pacific Islander American participation in Census 2010 through outreach to the nation's Asian and Pacific Islander American network of student leaders. Ultimately, I urge you to join me in this exciting, groundbreaking endeavor to tackle the issues facing Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the political arena. So, why should you care about whether or not Asian and Pacific Islander Americans participate in the Census? Each year, over $300 billion dollars is appropriated based, in part, on demographic information obtained from the census. Census outreach is an important Civil Rights issue. Much like staying home from the polls on Election Day, failing to complete census documentation severely restricts the growth of the Asian and Pacific Islander American community.
Currently, we are looking for interested organizations to partner with us as well as dedicated Asian and Pacific Islander American student leaders to advocate for Census awareness.. This is an excellent opportunity for you to become active in your community and have a say in how the government affects you! If you are interested in applying for the national or regional board, or are interested in partnering with us, I ask you to fill out a short form to let us know to contact you when future information about applications and specific partnership packages are available: http://www.apiavote.org/ycap/how. If would like to learn more about YCAP, please visit our website at: http://www.apiavote.org/ycap, or feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.