Over the course of the past several months, I’ve been working with local students across the Washington D.C. area in expanding the Youth Census Advocacy Project (YCAP). YCAP is an initiative that I started to promote and increase AAPI participation in Census 2010 through outreach to the AAPI network of student leaders.
YCAP is a program of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that encourages and promotes civic participation of AAPIs. We are also currently partnered with the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU)
Why should YOU care about whether or not AAPIs participate in Census 2010?
- Census participation is an important civil rights issue. Much like staying home from the polls on Election Day, failing to complete the Census severely restricts the growth and progress of our AAPI neighborhoods and communities.
- Census participation determines how federal funding for communities is allocated. Each year, over $300 billion dollars in federal funding is appropriated based, in part, on demographic information obtained from the census.
- Census results determine how you are represented in Congress. Results are used to calculate how many representatives from a state will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Government, businesses and community based organizations use census data to allocate money, resources and services for the community.
We are writing to ask for your help in making sure that Census 2010 gets an accurate count of AAPIs! You can be an advocate on your campus and to your families!
We are currently looking for student/groups leaders, community organizations, and businesses to partner with YCAP. As a partner organization, you will be expected to:
- Conduct Outreach to the Community—The primary responsibility of partner organizations will be to get information out to your community about Census 2010. Depending on where you live, this includes handing out toolkits prepared by YCAP National, phone banking, promoting YCAP at community events (marketplace, libraries, schools), going door-to-door, etc.
- Engage in Social Networking—Partners should not only join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter, but also be prepared to brainstorm innovative ways to use social media to outreach to the AAPI network.
- Attend Trainings, Workshops, and Conferences—YCAP will be hosting a National Youth Summit in D.C. for partners, as well as in-person or teleconference trainings. Partners are encouraged not only to attend these trainings, but also check out opportunities with your regional Census Bureau offices, and perhaps set up their own workshops.
- Communicate with other YCAP Partners—In order to share ideas and feedback, YCAP partners are encouraged to communicate with other YCAP Partners to share ideas and concerns, as well as make suggestions to other YCAP Partners.
- Organize local chapters—The most important task for regional leads will be to create and oversee operations within your respective region by serving as the contact for partner organizations in helping to organize YCAP outreach projects. Regional leaders will also be expected to contact community organizations to seek opportunities to partner with YCAP.
- Uphold the YCAP Mission—National leads will be expected to fulfill a number of specific roles. Tentative positions are Finance/Fundraising Chair, Field Initiatives Chair, Recruitment Chair, and Outreach/Publicity Chair.
This is an excellent opportunity for you to become active in your community and have a say in how the government affects you!
Interested applicants will be able to view the National and Regional board applications on November 16, 2009, and have their applications submitted by December 4, 2009.
If you are interested in applying for the national or regional board, or are interested in partnering with us, please fill out a short form on our website to express your interest, and let us know how we can get in contact with you in the future at: http://www.apiavote.org/ycap/how
If you would like to learn more about YCAP, please visit our website at: http://www.apiavote.org/ycap. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.