Growing Up Asian in America Awards
Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American.
Every year, hundreds of Bay Area students in grades Kindergarten through 12 submit artwork, essays, poems and videos on a single theme, competing for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. We started our signature program in 1995 as one of the largest youth celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the nation. It encourages young Asian Americans to take pride in their identities, and helps others understand the varied experiences of our youth growing up in the Bay Area’s diverse communities.
2017 Contest Theme:
Letter to the Senator
Entry Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017
The 2016 election saw victories for the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. Especially exciting is the historic election of Kamala Harris as California’s new senator and the first Indian-American and second African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate. On what issues do you want her to work, and how? What changes would you want to see happen? What advice do you have for helping your community, our country, and the world?
- 3 ESSAY and 3 ART winners from each grade category will win $500 in cash and prizes.
- Up to 3 VIDEO winners will win iPad minis and have their videos featured online.
For full contest guidelines, please click here
If you are submitting a video entry, please send it via the contest page for video entries here
If you have any additional questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community & Corporate Partners
We are grateful for the many teachers, parents and community members who encourage their youth to participate in Growing Up Asian in America. We are especially thankful for the guidance of our volunteer advisory committee of professionals in the media, public relations and marketing. We extend our thanks for their involvement and counsel.
Sally Carlson – Managing Partner, Carlson Beck
Garrett Kuramoto – Branch Manager, Portola Valley & Woodside Libraries
Lance J. Lew – Director of Community Marketing & Events, NBC Bay Area
Mina Li – Associate Director of Public Affairs, KTSF Television
Andrea Yamazaki Williamson – General Manager & Vice President, Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, Inc.
Vicky Wong – Chief Executive Officer, DAE Advertising
Audrey Yamamoto – President & Executive Director, Asian Pacific Fund