With a 72% growth rate from 2000 to 2015, Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the United States, and approximately one-third of those Asian-Americans are 24 or younger.
YALA was born from the realization of the apparent necessity of a national platform to unite those struggling with consolidating their seemingly disparate identities as Asian-Americans and youth seeking to use their voices.
The model minority stereotype has driven a racial wedge between Asian-Americans and other minority groups, and similar wedges exist among virtually all minorities. Moving forward from a history of fractured relationships will require minorities to act in solidarity with one another and emphasize the importance of intersectionality as members of both American and minority populations.
Born at the turn of the century, the current youth of America are uniquely positioned to set a new precedent for the America we aspire to become and forge relationships between historically disenfranchised minorities. The future, quite literally, is in our hands.
Thus, YALA’s Mission:
To spark youth civic engagement, provide a platform for the narratives of Asian-Americans, and foster intersectional allyship, thereby cultivating a new generation of active community leaders.
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