ACLF partners with 2010 Census to ensure Asian Pacific Islander representation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Contacts: Ehren Watada (project advisor)/Cherry Cayabyab/Craig Kanaya (aclfnw@aclfnorthwest.org)

ACLF partners with 2010 Census to ensure Asian Pacific Islander representation
Partnership will also develop future leaders in the Asian Pacific Islander community

SEATTLE – The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) will partner with the U.S. Census Bureau to increase the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community’s awareness and participation in the 2010 Census. The project is part of ACLF’s Community Leaders Program (CLP). The CLP trains and supports the leadership of Asian Pacific Islanders with a commitment to social justice, community empowerment and public service.

“As a trusted advocate and champion for leadership development in the Asian Pacific Islander community, ACLF will be play a vital role in our outreach efforts to ensure nobody is left uncounted in the API community,” said Francesca Ty Abellera Esperanza, U.S. Census Bureau Community Liaison. Asian Pacific Islanders are considered a Hard to Count (HTC) community that historical estimates from every decennial reveal as undercounted for various reasons including linguistic barriers, distrust in government or shifting migration patterns.

The CLP class of 2009 will work with the U.S. Census Bureau to develop and implement a community outreach strategy to engage the API community in the 2010 Census. The community outreach campaign will begin with focus groups to help identify barriers and challenges facing API communities. They will use their findings to propose a culturally relevant 2010 Census API awareness campaign plan that can serve as an outreach tool for community and government organizations.

Census data are used to distribute Congressional seats to states, to make decisions about what community services to provide, and allocates $300 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year. “This project not only promotes team-building skills among the CLP ’09 class, but engages community-wide API civic participation in the Census to ensure our needs are reflected in accurate data collection that informs public policy and funnels resources to our communities,” said Cherry Cayabyab, ACLF Executive Director.

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ACLF’s mission is to promote social, economic and political justice by training and supporting a strong, sustainable community of civically engaged leaders that reflects the diversity of local Asians & Pacific Islanders.

For more information on ACLF and past community projects, please visit: http://www.aclfnorthwest.org
For more information on the 2010 Census please visit: http://www.2010census.gov

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