Find out what kids would do as our first Asian American President!

"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, discrimination 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.
WATCH Growing Up Asian in America's very first winning video, by high school junior Abigail W.!
WATCH contest winners celebrate and share what they would do as the first Asian American president.
HEAR Voice of America's Ira Mellman interview Executive Director Audrey Yamamoto and Growing Up Asian in America essay winner Amelia Ny. And LISTEN to essay winners reading their work on KPFA 94.1 FM and KEST 1450 AM!

CONGRATS to our board chair, Emerald Yeh, who was honored at San Francisco's City Hall during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month "for her dedication to advocating for San Francisco's Asian Pacific American communities."
CONGRATS also to Andrew Ly, board member and Sugar Bowl Bakery CEO & co-founder, who was recently featured on KTSF's Asian Heritage Celebration program on Bay Area entrepreneurs!

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