APAPA's Core Services

The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development. To accomplish this objective, APAPA provides the following core services to the community.

Civic Engagement

APAPA provides community members with the opportunity to be proactive, participate, educate, and impress upon the API community that we have a voice in government and public affairs. We are accomplishing that through Voters Education, standing up for civil rights, and an active role in government appointments.

Youth Leadership Development

APAPA’s established track record demonstrates that we value and support our future leaders and is dedicated to fostering our future through development of our youth. This initiative includes both college scholarship and legislative internship programs.

Community Services

APAPA is also dedicated to enriching our community and helping members grow and adapt to our ever-changing society. Partnering and collaborating with other community organizations and business sponsors, APAPA has a vision to become the central hub for bringing services to our community members. Major initiatives include Digital Literacy, Health and Senior Services, and Personal Finance

APAPA Welcomes You

Welcome to the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) website. Here you can see our efforts to educate the public about public policy and fostering future leaders from minority communities to serve at federal, state, and local levels.

We are a non-profit and non-partisan organization with a diverse membership representing all communities throughout California and around the nation. Everyone is welcome to become a member of APAPA to support our efforts of empowering Asian and Pacific Islanders in civic and public affairs. You can also receive recognition by becoming a sponsor of one of our events such as the Internship Gala and Voters Forum. If you are a college student, keep checking our Internship and Scholarship programs page to learn about enrollment opportunities.

You can find our latest updates here, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or at APAPA's Blog. We value your feedback and support.



APA News & Review: May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage month! Read more about the celebrations in the latest issue here.

APAPA-SCR 2015 Leadership Program & Summer Internship: The APAPA Southern California Regional Headquarters is awarding a number of internships for college students. The purpose of the internship is to help students better understand California state and local government and to develop future leaaders in the API community. Interns will be working for a local/state legislator, congress member, or constitutional officer in Southern California. Application materials are due by June 12, 2015. Apply now

APAPA Bay Area 2015 Internship Program: The APAPA Bay Area Summer Internship Program in San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland area is designed to prepare college students of Asian Pacific Islander background to become future leaders in the State of California. The program provides an opportunity for students to work in the offices of elected officials and policy offices across the Bay Area as staff interns.

Nepal Earthquake Relief: Please help support the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund to help the thousands of people affected by the devastating disaster. You can safely and securely text-to-donate to the organizations listed on the link below to provide assistance to those in need today. No amount is too small and every donation makes a difference. Click here for more information

Congratulations! APAPA-NYC Change in Leadership: APAPA New York Chapter Chairman Justin Yu promotes President Bobby Bao to Vice-Chairman, and Vice-President Michelle Wang to President. Click here to read the full article

APAPA-BAR College Leadership Internship Dinner: APAPA-BAR is hosting a graduation dinner to celebrate the success of our interns and scholarship recipients. Come join us in honoring these students on their success! With your support, we hope to award many more deserving students and empower our future leaders!

APAPA-GDC's Grand Opening: APAPA Greater DC Chapter will have a Chapter Grand Opening on June 2, 2015 at the U.S. Capitol, House Visitor Center. Elected officals from the federal, state, and local levels along with community leaders are invited and will be present at our event.