NGEC Organizational Fellows (2009 - 2011)
As NGEC's capacity building program in two pilot states, Minnesota and California, the Organizational Fellowship Program provides these 12 organizations with three-year core operating support, peer-to-peer learning spaces, and culturally relevant skills-building trainings. The OFP is designed to strengthen each organization's social justice capacity and to build upon on their existing assets in their communities in order to advance shared movement building goals.
- Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota
- Center for Hmong Arts and Talent
- Chinese for Affirmative Action
- Chinese Progressive Association
- Khmer Girls in Action
- Korean Resource Center
- KIWA - Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance
- Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota
- Mu Performing Arts
- Shades of Yellow
- South Asian Network
With more than twenty years of history, the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota (AAHWM) is a visible leader in community. AAHWM's mission is to strengthen Hmong families through education and leadership development for women, girls and families. AAHWM was formed as the first nonprofit organization operated by Hmong women and to serve Hmong women in the U.S. AAHWM serves the evolving needs of Hmong women and girls to gain knowledge and skills to help them succeed and plan for their future. AAHWM also provides programs that help Hmong women and girls stay connected with their unique cultural heritage.
CAPI is an inclusive multi-ethnic organization that provides culturally grounded services to communities in transition through two integrated programs of workforce development and social services. Started as a mutual assistance association, today CAPI responds to newcomer needs of Minnesota and serves 3,000 Asian and African immigrants and refugees.
Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT) is a multi-disciplinary arts organization that exists to nurture, explore, and illuminate the Hmong American experience through artistic expressions. CHAT envisions a vibrant community where Hmong American artists are inspired to share their perspectives, valued for their creative contributions and empowered to challenge life's boundaries. Their programs include: Arts Save Us, nurturing youth voices and leadership; DabNeeg Dawning Theatre: Old Stories in a New Light, developing skilled artists to perform; CHAT Radio, spotlighting the arts, news, and culture; and festivals, highlighting Hmong artists in the Twin Cities.
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) is a community-based organization that protects the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and advances multiracial democracy in the U.S. CAA's programs include Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE), which focuses on advocacy on behalf of APA communities and API Equality, which works for equal marriage rights, fair treatment, and acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. CAA's movement building work is anchored by their service delivery and policy advocacy activities that address the needs of low-income, immigrant, and limited-English proficient individuals.
Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) is a 36-year old membership-based organization that educates and organizes low-income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities and to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people. Their programs include: Worker Organizing Center, focused on low wage workers; Chinatown Justice Program, focused on adult tenants and families; and Southeast Organizing Program, focused on environmental health risks for youth and families.
Khmer Girls In Action (KGA) is is a youth organizing group increasing the community's power and ability to challenge oppressive systems and institutions that are not accountable to immigrant and refugee needs. KGA contributes to the movement for social, economic and political justice by building a strong, progressive, and sustainable community institution led by Southeast Asian women and girls. Their programs include organizing, advocacy, leadership development, cultural and media arts, and individual support that empower young Southeast Asian women and girls to become agents of social change.
Korean Resource Center (KRC) is is dedicated to empowering low-income immigrants and people of color communities, particularly Korean Americans through social services, education, grassroots organizing, civic participation, and advocacy. KRC also acts as a space for dialogue on questions of identity, representation and appropriate political systems and structures. Events such as the Los Angeles Civil Unrest of 1992 and the anti-immigrant wave starting with Proposition 187 during the mid-90s steered KRC's course to focus on educating and organizing Korean Americans on major civil rights and immigrant rights issues.
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) is a worker center organization that empowers low-wage immigrant workers and to develop a progressive constituency and leadership in the Koreatown community that can struggle in solidarity with other underrepresented communities. KIWA's strategies are cross-racial grassroots organizing, leadership development, direct services, advocacy, community-based research and multi-ethnic coalition building. Their programs include: Tenants Organizing Campaign for affordable housing and equitable development, Workers Empowerment Clinic, Cultural Resistance Drumming classes, Koreatown Tenants Defense Network, and Leadership Development.
Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (LACM) is a multi-service organization that works to increase the capacity of Minnesota's Lao-American population. LACM responds to community-identified needs through programs and services that will promote the well-being of families and children while retaining their cultural heritage. Through its committed volunteer base, LACM educates and organizes the Lao community around issues of health, education, and family needs.
Mu Performing Arts strives to provide a voice and vision for Asian American community and culture. It offers a unique blend of Asian and Western artistic forms in the expression of Asian and Asian American stories and music. In addition to taiko and theater performances, Mu organizes artist development to support the work of emerging actors, directors and playwrights. Its taiko classes serve approximately 200 youth and adult students annually. Finally, Mu's outreach programs and performances bring theater and taiko performances and residencies to schools, colleges, community organizations, and corporations throughout the upper Midwest. In the combination of all of these programs, Mu lives out its powerful vision of "filling every seat and transforming every heart through the power of theater and taiko."
Shades of Yellow (SOY) is a newly emerging community organization in the Twin Cities, dedicated to supporting Hmong GLBT individuals, non-Hmong GLBT individuals, families, friends, and allies. The founders, Phai Xiong and Xeng Lor, started the organization not only out of their own personal experience as gay Hmong men, but out of a recognition that many GLBT members of their community were feeling invisible, marginalized, and in desperate need of support. SOY has bravely taken on the role of confronting this isolation through services in education, cultural awareness, social gatherings, and advocacy.
South Asian Network (SAN) is dedicated to advancing the health, empowerment and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin in Southern California. SAN informs and empowers South Asian communities by acting as an agent of change in eliminating biases, discrimination and injustices targeted against South Asians and by providing linkages among other communities through shared experiences. Their programs include organizing, leadership development, research and advocacy on multiple rights issues.