AYPAL: Building API Community Power

A nonprofit organization

$21,010 Raised by 108 Donors

AYPAL is a leadership development, community organizing and coalition building organization that seeks to create healthy, safe, and thriving communities. AYPAL’s mission is to empower Oakland’s low-income Asian & Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee families to be leaders for school reform and neighborhood change.


AYPAL's approach to youth development and empowerment includes Leadership Skills Development, Youth Civic Engagement, and Cultural Arts Activism. AYPAL has been in existence for nearly two decades serving thousands of high school youth in Oakland living in high priority neighborhoods. 


Last year you helped AYPAL raise over $10K from the community to support the launch of our #WeHere campaign! Check out last year's fundraiser: here

We are replicating our goal of raising $10K again this year! 

This was a huge showing of support for underrepresented youth in this city. Please see the #WeHere highlight video above with footage of youth confronting decision makers on a number of issues ranging from data tracking to stopping unjust development that could displace hundreds of families and local businesses in our community. 


Over the past year #WeHere AYPAL youth leaders:

  • Created and submitted a Memo highlighting a platform for just development from the perspective of young people to the City Planning Commission
  • Published a youth report, disaggregating data for API youth in Oakland via a survey of over 400 API high school youth, get the free report: here
  • Engaged a multi-racial community by leading multiple workshops with Oakland middle and high school students at youth conferences on gentrification, and ethnic studies 


In the coming year, AYPAL #WeHere will:

  • Finalize and push a youth platform for just development in the city, in collaboration with other youth of color
  • Contribute to the passing of resolutions similar to the data resolution youth won at OUSD last year, in San Francisco, and with other impacted communities of color here in Oakland. See our resolution win: here 
  • Continue to organize our peers at school and community members to fight against gentrification and displacement, fight for racial equity in Oakland schools, and use culture as a tool for healing and changing our communities! + MORE! 


Young people are the courageous, creative, and hopeful leaders WE want to follow. You can play a role in our community supporting each other and making change together, instead of waiting for change to come. You can play a role in youth leading our community. 100% of this funding goes directly to youth by securing youth stipends for AYPAL core leaders.  



Organization Information


AYPAL: Building API Community Power


1238 Harrison
Oakland, CA 94612

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