APANO’s youth organizing arm, ALLY (Asian 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 2015 campaign: Missing Pages of our History, in which ALLY youth were victorious in getting the Portland Public Schools School Board to vote unanimously for a resolution to bring ethnic studies to all PPS high schools within 4 years.