At APIAVote-Michigan, we are excited about venturing on to a new chapter in our organization’s life. Since the birth of APIAVote-Michigan just over five years ago, we have built a sound foundation under the extraordinary leadership of Stephanie Gray Chang. As we move into this next chapter of APIAVote-Michigan, I’m incredibly thankful and energized everyday by the amazing 12 individuals who are joining me on the Board of Directors. They, and most importantly YOU will be integral to growing the work of APIAVote-Michigan. We are at a unique time in our organization and community’s development. With our growing numbers and contributions to the State, it is a time to chart a clear course and determine a future that truly stands for the voice of the APIA community in Michigan, because our voice counts.
I’m excited to announce that at the end of this month, after tireless dedication from our Needs Assessment Project Coordinator, Prasanna Vengadam, and committed volunteers and board members, we will be releasing our final Southeast Michigan Needs Assessment report, complete with survey and focus group results. We’ll be calling on you to help us engage our legislative leaders for our APIAVote-Michigan Legislative Day in Lansing on Thursday, February 28th. I’m hoping that you can join me for my very first legislative day, no experience necessary! Don’t worry – we’ve got incredible board members with experience who will provide training. This will be a great opportunity to learn about the results of our Needs Assessment Project, connect with other community members, and speak directly to legislative leaders about what matters to our community.
But that’s not all…
We’ve got ambitious plans for the next two years, and want you there with us:
- April 2013 – Report out from our national partner, AALDEF on exit polling efforts in Michigan
- May 14th, 2013 –Lansing Lobby Day in conjunction with MAPAAC’s APIA Heritage Month Celebration
- July, 2013 - 3rd Annual Dinner, details coming soon
- Completion of our West Michigan Needs Assessment Project
- Developing our Comprehensive Immigration Reform Agenda with our local and national partners
- Partnering with community organizations to implement racial equity initiatives
- Growing our Youth Leadership Corps
- Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Leadership Trainings
…along with all of our ongoing electoral efforts with voter registration, education and engagement!
Please help us continue to build on the great foundation the APIAVote-Michigan has established and help usher us into the next chapter of our work by becoming a member today. Your contributions help to sustain the work and grow our base of volunteers to truly strengthen the voice of our Asian Pacific Islander American community in Michigan. Thank you in advance for your continued support!
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank Stephanie Gray Chang for her service and dedication to this organization over the last 5+ years. APIAVote-Michigan is truly indebted to her – she has made this organization what it is today. I don’t know any woman who works as hard as she does and with the selflessness, grace and humility that she exudes. I am honored to have her as a friend and mentor.