May 01, 2023

How Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders Fight Poverty in NYC

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Robin Hood is celebrating the contributions of AAPI leaders in New York City who are fighting poverty.

In New York, we are fortunate to have many nonprofit organizations supporting AAPI communities who are dedicated to fighting poverty and improving the lives of those in need. These groups provide essential services and support to countless individuals and families in our community.

This AAPI Heritage Month, Robin Hood is celebrating the contributions of AAPI leaders in New York City who are fighting poverty. With community partner leaders like Barbara Chang at CareerWise, Willing Chin-Ma at Grand Street Settlement, and John Park at the MinKwon Center for Community Action, we invite you to celebrate #AAPIHeritageMonth with us by watching their stories and supporting the brilliant nonprofit leaders who are tirelessly fighting poverty in NYC.

Why? Because every New Yorker deserves a fair shot!

CareerWise New York’s Barbara Chang: It’s AAPI leaders who are fighting poverty in NYC like Barbara Chang at our community partner CareerWise New York who is creating opportunities for youth and businesses across New York City by developing and supporting an innovative, sustainable youth apprenticeship system.

Grand Street Settlement’s Willing Chin-Ma: Willing has supported Grand Street Settlement in the Lower East Side for the past 20 years, championing their response to immigrants settling in NYC, helping it to blossom into an anchor institution serving more than 10,000 community members annually.

MinKwon Center’s John Park: Deep in the heart of Flushing, you’ll find the MinKwon Center for Community Action, and leading the center is John Park. Established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American, Asian American, and immigrant communities, MinKwon believes fostering community action is at the heart of what they do.

Chhaya CDC’s Annetta Seecharran: Chhaya CDC builds the power, housing stability, and economic well-being of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities in New York City. Leading them is Annetta Seecharran, their Executive Director. Meet her and learn about Chhaya CDC’s impact.

Communities Resist’s Lina Lee: Behind New York City’s most impactful nonprofits are those who are leading the fight against poverty. Take Lina Lee, the Executive Director of Communities Resist (CoRe). As a Korean-American, she’s proud of how CoRe has confronted both racial injustice and economic injustice on behalf of those who have called these communities home for decades.