The core of APANO’s work is a place-based approach to building a powerful base of members who create and lead solutions that address real issues in their communities and shift the balance of power.

APANO’s organizing is rooted in the belief that those most affected by an issue should be the ones shaping the solutions.  This approach requires disciplined year-round work to support our members in identifying and prioritizing the issues APANO works on, building skills, knowledge and confidence through APANO campaigns, and increasingly taking on public leadership.

Through our organizing we envision:

  • Leadership roles for people and communities most impacted
  • Solutions that challenge the root cause of the problem
  • Advocacy efforts that shift the balance of power to the communities who are most affected
  • Space for reflection that provides for personal and institutional transformation
APANO’s youth organizing arm, ALLY (API Leaders for the Liberation of Youth), aims to build the leadership skills of working-class API high school youth through community organizing. Youth leaders undergo leadership development and political education to develop a community organizing campaign. This past summer, youth leaders participated in an overnight youth-led retreat to evaluate the past year, and plan for the upcoming year. Youth members also participated in ALLY’s Social Justice Bootcamp, a week and a half-long intensive summer program focused on deepening participants’ analysis around topics like anti-black racism, imperialism, capitalism, and more.

Read about their current campaign, Missing Pages of our History, to create and implement Ethnic Studies classes at all Portland Public Schools.

The parent organizing program at APANO works with API parents on empowerment and leadership development. Our goal is to help break down the barriers that prevent API immigrant/refugee parents from getting involved in their child’s education. We believe that as parent involvement increases, the opportunity gap decreases.
The mission of C2C (Classroom to Community) is to organize a safe space for Asian Pacific Islander (API) college students, in order to create a pipeline from the classroom to the API community.
APANO’s Strong Families is a group committed to building organizational capacity, honoring the voices and narratives within our own Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and working in coalition with other communities to take strong stances on policies that impact our families and what they need to thrive.