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ASAP Tobacco Storybanking Project 2015

Between July and September 2015, CACF embarked on an exploration utilizing our ASAP youth leaders to canvass and survey the neighborhood of Chinatown to gather information on tobacco use and its impact on young people in this community.

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Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund
Request for Applications
Application deadline: October 30, 2015


The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families in collaboration with the Asian American Federation, Black Agency Executives, Hispanic Federation, and New York Urban League, is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF) YEAR 2.

Application deadline: October 30, 2015

As part of the New York City Council Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, the City Council allocated $2.5 million for the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund intended for nonprofits serving majority Asian, Latino and/or Black communities to build organizational capacity through board development, financial and organization management grants. CCNSF aims to build the capacity of New York City nonprofits, in recognition of the fact that organizations led by people of the community are best equipped to meet the needs of their constituents. CCNSF also intends to promote learning among Community Based Organization leaders.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend any of the Community Briefings listed below to learn more about the grant and the application process:

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm
c/o Coalition for Asian American Children and Families
Hispanic Federation, 5th Floor,
Las Americas Conference Center
55 Exchange Pl, New York, NY 10005

Friday, September 25, 2015 at 10:00 am
c/o Hispanic Federation
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education - 6th Floor
928 Simpson St, Bronx, NY 10459

Friday, October 2, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
c/o New York Urban League
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
Room 4202

Space is limited. RSVP is required for security desk purposes.

Community briefings in other boroughs will be announced in the coming days. All briefings are open to everyone regardless of your borough location.

We encourage all organizations that are eligible to apply. This fund is significant to ensuring that organizations that serve communities of color receive the support they deserve and need!

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If you have any questions, please contact David Aguilar at or 212-809-4675 x108.

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Mayor de Blasio released his $77B Preliminary Budget that continues to build on the foundation of last years budget. In the Asian Pacific American community, where 1 out of every 2 children is born into poverty and 1 out of 4 children do not graduate high school on time at all, we are glad to see continued investment of $340 million for Universal Pre-Kindergarten, $190 million for expanding after-school programs to middle school students and continued resources to fund 128 Community Schools.

Sheelah Feinberg, Executive Director at the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families said, "We are happy to see Mayor de Blasio's continued investment in children, families and the immigrant community. We continue to face challenges when working with the Administration for Children's Services so we are glad to see the $11 million allocation and look forward to working with ACS to ensure culturally competent, language accessible training and preventive services."

Additionally, 73% percent of the Asian Pacific American community is foreign born so we are pleased to see additional resources allocated to the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to increase staffing for IDNYC and the increase in immigrant services needed in the City.

While Mayor de Blasio showed an emphasis on the city's safety, we ask him and the City Council to work together to keep vital services in the budget. We urge them to ensure these funds are distributed to the many organizations that are providing culturally competent, language accessible services to the city's fastest growing community.

To read Mayor de Blasio's full Preliminary Budget, click here.


On Wednesday, Governor Cuomo delivered his 2015 State of the State speech and presented his Executive Budget that emphasized restoring economic opportunity, reforming the education system, and restoring the public’s confidence and trust in our justice system. While we support many of these reforms, there is much more to be done.

While the 2012 Census reported New York’s poverty rate at 15.9%, in New York State, poverty rates ranged from 13.2% in the Capital Region to 39.1% in Oneida County. Poverty rates were especially high within the cities, where the majority of poor Asian New Yorkers reside. In New York City, the Center for Economic Opportunity found that 29% of NYC APA’s live in poverty, the highest of all racial groups in New York City. Therefore, we support Governor Cuomo’s Anti-Poverty Agenda to and are happy to see more investment in employment opportunities for youth and adults, housing and especially the increase of the minimum wage from $7.25 to $11.50 in New York City and $10.50 in New York State. While the 10 points Governor Cuomo addressed are all vital to the success of this state, we were disappointed to see that there was no additional investment in our adult learners even though literacy is undoubtedly a barrier for many to become employed and successful.

With 1 out of 5 Asian Pacific American (APA) students in New York not graduating on time or at all, we were pleased to see a $1.1 billion increase in education aid. We are glad to see the continuation of Universal Pre-Kindergarten and support for Community Schools, as well as a focus on increasing access and quality of schools. We urge the Governor and the State Legislature to ensure that these programs are reaching Asian Pacific American students, especially the high numbers of English language learners that fill our schools today. Additionally we were thrilled to see the Governors commitment to invest $27 million in the DREAM ACT and enabling undocumented students to apply for state college tuition to further their education opportunities; however we do not think the passing of this should be contingent on other unrelated, education reforms.

Access to affordable health care is a large issue within the Asian Pacific American community with 1 out of 8 APA’s uninsured so we were happy to see the inclusion of the Basic Health Program and we urge the Governor and State Legislature to reserve funding to ensure coverage to the immigrant community. We were also happy to see the $2.5M allocated in the states operations bill to support the consumer assistance program (Community Health Advocates), to help New Yorkers use and keep their health coverage.

With these budget commitments to address the growing wealth gap, we are hopeful APAs will be able to succeed at work, school, and at home. CACF will continue to aggressively advocate for investment in the programs and services that are vital to the Asian Pacific American community.

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