Program Accomplishments


From 2011 to 2019, we have influenced decision makers to increase funding for Asian Pacific American community based organizations by 110%, with an all time high of $1.77M in 2016. We’ve come so far, and are still looking to go further with and for the Asian Pacific American community


  • In February 2014, 100+ public high school students held the first Asian Pacific American Youth Advocacy Day on the steps of City Hall.
  • Hosted 11th Annual Asian Pacific American City Advocacy Day with “15% and Growing Coalition” and 45+ member organizations.
  • Influenced increases in discretionary funding from 2.9% in FY’2015 to 3.2% in FY’2016 ($1.77M) for Asian Pacific American organizations.
  • Advocated for $2.5M Non-Profit Stabilization Fund with Communities of Color  to strengthen the capacities of 81 CBOs, of which 15 serve our community.
  • Secured $1M for the Access Health NYC initiative to ensure that the most underserved New Yorkers are informed about their rights and options in accessing health care services and programs.
  • Over 12,000 individuals and families were assisted in enrolling in affordable health insurance by in-person assistors/navigators in 19 different Asian languages. This was due to CACF’s advocacy to the NYS Department of Health to grant contracts to 17 APA organizations to serve as in-person assistors/navigators in the New York State of Health Marketplace.
  • Completed a 5-year partnership with Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL) to address and improve healthy eating and active living in the NYC Asian communities, while contributing to the larger health disparities discussion affecting Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders in the mainland US and the Pacific Islands
  • As part of the Lunch 4 Learning coalition, and in collaboration with the NYC Public Advocate and NYC Department of Education, helped implement universal school lunch in NYC public, middle schools for the 2014-2015 school year with the possibility of extending the program to other grade levels
  • Engaged key NYC Department of Education agency staff in a series of meetings detailing the language access needs of Asian Pacific American students and families.
  • Joined the Administration for Children’s Services’ Racial Equity and Cultural Competence Committee to ensure that policies and programming are culturally competent and linguistically accessible.
  • ASAP Youth Leaders gathered New York City Council support and testified for the establishment of Fred T. Korematsu Day in New York City, a day to honor the legacy of the Japanese American civil rights activist who advocated against the unconstitutional internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. ASAP helped pass Resolution 0792 on December 19, 2017 to establish Fred T. Korematsu Day in New York City. New York City celebrated the inaugural Fred T. Korematsu Day on January 30, 2018.
  • ASAP Youth Leaders gained hands on experiences through organizing and meeting with New York City Council Members for over 5 years to discuss educational equity, increased ASAP funding and the needs of APA students.