Asian Youth in Action

Apply now! Applications due June 6 (Extended Deadline)!

What is AYA?

CAAAV’s newest project Asian Youth in Action (AYA) builds on our legacy of developing young leaders who engage their communities for social change. We organize high school students ages 14-20 to work towards CAAAV’s mission of building power among low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in New York City.

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What does AYA do?

Currently in its fourth year, the program is part of a campaign against police violence. As part of Communities United for Police Reform and People’s Justice, we have conducted Know Your Rights trainings concerning interactions with the NYPD, produced a documentary short on the impact of police harassment on Asian communities, spoken to elected officials, participated in city-wide rallies, marches, and press conferences, and much more to organize around the issue.

We meet:

During the summer (July and August): on Tuesdays and Thursdays (from 1-4 PM), and Saturdays (from 12-4 PM).
During the school year: on Saturdays (from 12-4 PM).
Youth can further develop leadership and experience by attending events outside of the meeting times or volunteering for leadership opportunities.

For our members to conduct a training at your school or organization, please contact Ruben at

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Why should I apply?

You will:

  • deepen your awareness about issues affecting low-income Asian communities;
  • lead campaigns that build power among Asian immigrants and refugees;
  • develop leadership skills through trainings and workshops;
  • travel to other cities and meet other youth;
  • organize and participate in different community activities and events;

Youth members are provided Metrocards to attend AYA and actions, and are provided with lunch on Saturdays. Community service letters provided.

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How do I apply?

Fill out this application and send it to or bring it to our office at 55 Hester Street. All applications are due Friday, June 6, 2014. For questions, contact or call 212-473-6485.