FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6th, 2021
Washington, DC—The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) issued the following statement after coalition members voted to approve the membership application of Act To Change, making it the coalition’s 38th member. Established as a public awareness campaign in October 2015 from President Obama’s White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), Act To Change is now a national nonprofit working to end bullying among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth. Act To Change supports AAPI youth, educators, and caregivers, so they may access important culturally and linguistically appropriate support and resources to prevent bullying.
Gregg Orton, National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) said:
“We’re thrilled that our coalition continues to grow and to be able to add an organization like Act To Change unquestionably makes us stronger. It has emerged as a leading voice for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth voices, and its work continues to have an impact. Act To Change has long been a partner to NCAPA and our member organizations, so it is my pleasure to formally welcome them to the family.”
Maulik Pancholy, Chair and Co-founder of Act To Change stated:
“Act To Change is thrilled to join NCAPA and be part of such a strong coalition advocating on behalf of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. In joining NCAPA, we’re recommitting ourselves to achieving our mission — to end bullying among AAPI youth and create a world where all young people feel proud of and supported in their identities. We look forward to working with NCAPA and its members to equip youth, educators, and caregivers with the tools they need to deal with bullying, as well as advocate for systemic change. Together, we can end bullying.”
Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of 37 national Asian Pacific American organizations that serves to represent the interests of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities’ concerns. Our communities are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, currently making up approximately six percent of the population.