"Working Together to Build A Green Community"
- Abigail C. Grade 2, San Francisco
Bay Area Students Share
What They Would Do As First Asian American President
As we witnessed the historic second inauguration of a president who has broken boundaries, we asked students entering our 18th annual Growing Up Asian in America
contest to imagine they made history by becoming our very first Asian or Pacific Islander American president. We asked them to tell us—through art, essay, poetry or video—what they would do to change things for the better.
We welcome you to take a glimpse into the future of our nation. Their inspired ideas touch on everything from national issues like immigration
and gun control
, to more immediate concerns such as bullying
and the lack of cultural diversity in school lunches
. We wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these ideas become reality in the not-too-distant future!
This year, nearly 1,000 K-12 Bay Area students sent us essays, poems, artwork, and—for the very first year—video, to compete for over $30,000 in cash and prizes. The exhibit tour launched at City Halls in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose—where they were hosted during Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May, before traveling to 50 public libraries throughout the Bay Area until March 2014
. You can also see all of the winning entries HERE
Thanks to our major sponsors Target, Wells Fargo, NBC Bay Area, Walgreens and the Safeway Foundation for helping to make this cherished program possible.