Through an organization-wide leadership development model, APANO aims to grow the analysis, skills and confidence of Asian and Pacific Islanders to take action to improve their lives and achieve social justice for future generations. We meet people where they are, ask critical questions, discuss the issues that are impacting their lives, collectively develop shared analyses, and support them in taking action and leadership together. In doing so, we are building the capacity of those most affected to take collective action for stronger, healthier and more resilient local communities, supporting an organized movement for long-term systemic change. APANO is particularly focused on ongoing organizing and support for young people (e.g. youth and students) to build up the next generation of leaders.

Founded in 2011, the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI) is a culturally-specific leadership cohort program designed for Asian Pacific Islander emerging leaders to address racial and ethnic disparities and prepare leaders to represent API communities at decision-making tables. This program uses a popular education model in its leadership skills curriculum to engage and empower community leaders. With staff support, Fellows have the opportunity of working in teams based on their expertise to design and facilitate these workshops.

This program is application-based and admits 15-20 participants per year.

Started in Summer 2017, the CHHI fellowship is a workshop-based cohort program focused on analyzing the connections between and root causes of the housing crisis, climate change, and community health. This program is an annual, 6 workshop session, application-based organizing and advocacy training program which aims to prepare participants to take on increased leadership roles within decision-making bodies in their communities.

APANO offers ongoing year-round series of workshops, issue forums, and experiential opportunities that help politicize Asian and Pacific Islanders in Oregon. In this political moment, we need to think critically and consciously of who has power and control of resources and policies that affect our lives–from education, healthcare to civil rights. Whether members are brand new to policy or a seasoned expert, our workshops help build the political analysis skills of our members to navigate systems of power and oppression. Volunteers play critical roles in helping co-lead, facilitate workshops, and outreach to the community.