By Juo-Hsi (Sylvia) Peng

Last December, the Asian American Federation (AAF) where I am a Community Navigator, partnered with Sapna NYC, a nonprofit serving South Asian new immigrants. Together, we decided to hold a six-week virtual digital literacy class with a cohort of around 20 students. Almost every class ran over because the students had many questions both out of their enthusiasm, and the need to clarify what had been taught. Despite audio problems and children making noise in the background, the students enjoyed the class so much that Sapna held another six-week program. …


By Nicole Morgenstern and Emily Chi

To address the affordability of broadband service the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolled out the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) as part of a COVID-19 relief program to help families with limited access to internet services. The EBB program provides qualifying households a $50/month discount toward broadband service and $75/month discount for those on tribal land. While the EBB provides immediate assistance to communities who are struggling to get connected, this program is temporary and the funds allocated by Congress are limited. …


How Asian Counseling and Referral Service adapted during the pandemic

By Alex Olins

At the Asian Counseling and Referral Service based in Seattle, we offer a 10-week introduction to digital literacy class for clients with support from Comcast. We have a computer lab and we offered three-hour classes on Friday mornings in our lab to up to 20 students. This is how we had been doing things since 2016. Then, at the end of the winter quarter in 2020, COVID-19 came to the United States, and it changed everything about how we offered digital literacy programming and everything else that we do.

Thankfully, after a few weeks of envisioning how…


Highlighting the importance of digital access and literacy

By Andrew Neill

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of internet accessibility became clearer than ever. As social distancing, isolation, and quarantine became more common, more people had to rely on the internet to do their jobs, send their children to school, and access social services. Unfortunately, the people who need the internet the most to do these things tend to have little to no access to the internet. …


By Emily Chi and Nicole Morgenstern

Last spring as 42 states and territories issued mandatory stay-at-home orders, and millions of people faced questions around what it meant to live, work, and learn from home, our need for quality broadband service grew. While the pandemic may have heightened our awareness of the digital divide and the staggering number of households who are unable to benefit from digital services and opportunities, many communities across the nation have been left behind by the digital divide long before the pandemic, including many Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Although studies have shown that 95%…


How the Burmese Rohingya Community of Wisconsin is addressing the needs of the community and increasing digital access and literacy

By Andrew L. Trumbull

Rohingya in the United States face severe language and technological barriers that stem from years of persecution, interrupted education, and denial or lack of access to many services and opportunities that we have. When they arrive in the United States, for many these barriers are overwhelming and there isn’t enough time for them to learn all the systems and technology, let alone hope to acquire a high level of English acquisition and literacy.

While cell phone…


Announcing our Spring Youth Leadership Summit Cohort!

Since 2014, Advancing Justice | AAJC has convened college students for its signature youth program, a multi-day leadership development program for young advocates that is focused on advocacy, communications, and civic engagement around policy issues impacting our communities. Through this annual convening, we provide a unique opportunity for young advocates from across the country to learn from and network with policy advocates and national leaders. In addition, students are able to build and strengthen their own networks of student leaders across the country. …


Reflections on Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Power Station’s “Count On Your Census” podcast and how it told the stories of advocates working to get out the count in tumultuous times.

By Anne Pasmanick

When Michelle and I discovered our shared love of podcasts in the way-back world of 2019, we imagined what we might create together. I had just interviewed John C. Yang, President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC, for Power Station, my podcast about power-building nonprofits. John spoke about the diversity of AAPIs, whose 50 subgroups experience starkly different levels of educational attainment…


One year out from Census Day 2020, we reflect upon how we leaned on one another to improvise, adapt and overcome the challenges of the 2020 Census, while looking toward what we need to accomplish for the 2030 Census. (Photo: Advancing Justice — AAJC census team in 2019)

By Terry Ao Minnis

The year 2020 always promised to be a busy — even hectic — year, with both a decennial census and presidential election happening in the same breath. As much as groups such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC planned years in advance for a flurry of activity to engage and mobilize our communities, there was nothing that could have prepared us for what 2020 had in store. The COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty the previous administration introduced uprooted the taking of the census and the elections and resulted in the complete overhaul of many of…


A group of high schoolers interested in studying stress among their peers. Then, the pandemic hit.

By Arushi Gupta, Elina Parekh, Rishi Kumra, Samika Saste, Sanchi Kohli, and Sanya Gupta. Edited by Trisha Satish.

Saahas Youth is the youth chapter of the non-profit organization Saahas for Cause which has the mission of educating, empowering, and enabling the South Asian American community. We drafted a survey with questions about family, friends, school, relationships, and health-related stressors. During our research project, we were able to see how high school stress changed before and during the pandemic.

Mental health issues don’t just pertain to high school students, of course, but to all ages. From young children to senior citizens…

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