Asian Community Alliance, Inc. (ACA) is inviting Asian high school seniors from all across the Greater Cincinnati area to apply for the Dorothy O’Brien Youth Scholarship (DOBYS) 2015-2016. Two (2) scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded for students who have given back to the community through their community service or volunteering. One scholarship will also be based on financial need. This Youth Scholarship Program is created in honor of Mrs. Dorothy O’Brien.
Launched in early 2012, Project HOPE (Helping Our People through Empowerment) specifically addresses domestic violence (DV) issues in the Asian communities to build awareness, and provide key resources that are available for help to victims, and their families. ACA operates a dedicated HOPE helpline, and a Coordinator is available to connect victims and witnesses to proper professional help.
Bamboo Seeds is a youth leadership program for Asian high school students (9th-12thgrade) where the program focuses on developing leadership skill to build their confidence, drive their passion and better serve their community. We also developed programming that teach them important life experiences such as how to deal with failures, how to manage everyday stress, and tips on how to achieve a successful job/college interviews. Our goal is to have these youth leaders learn the spirit of community volunteers by tutoring and working with refugees/ immigrant students after school.
The Dorothy O’Brien (DOB) Youth Scholarship Program is to recognize the outstanding achievements of two (2) Asian American graduating high school seniors through awards of financial assistance to further the students’ educational and career goals. The program is designed to celebrate the achievements of our Asian American youth. This scholarship is created in honor of Dorothy, one of the four founding members of Asian Community Alliance.
Apna Sapna Club ( Our Dream Club) was launched in February, 2014 to meet the needs of the growing population of Indian Seniors who live with their adult children and are dependent on them for transportation or social needs. Since then Apna Sapna Club has expanded to include all Indian Seniors in need of social engagement and support.
In collaboration with the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition, ACA helped over 800 Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in Southwestern Ohio, Greater Dayton, and Columbus, obtain health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act (Oct 2014- March, 2015).
ACA is partnering with several major retirement communities, hospitals, senior centers, and home health agencies to educate care givers on various options that are available. Many Asian seniors are parents of first generation Asian immigrants who are faced with limited language capabilities, transportation access, lack of friends and loneliness. Theses challenges often lead to emotional stress, discourse and burnout for both caregivers and parental seniors.
Through a grant received from the P&G Alumni Association, Asian immigrants and refugee populations are able to attend computer classes on weekends in their own community. Immigrants and refugees are constantly challenged in learning new skills due to work schedules and family commitments. The goals of the project are: to increase individuals’ computer knowledge and teach them basic computer skills so they can build their individual capacity and navigate effectively through their new environment.
Two events were held in April to celebrate Minority Health Month. A workshop titled: “Building a Brighter Future for Your Child.” presented by a certified parent counselor, Dr. Patricia Barros, was held for several Asian communities in Greater Cincinnati.
The purpose of the project is to conduct non-partisan voter registration, voter mobilization, and civic engagement participation in the AAPI community through various outreach, engagement and education strategies. The objectives are to: Increase awareness & voter turnout on Election Day among AAPI voters to actively participate in shaping policies that protect rights and advance opportunities for all Ohioans by providing linguistically appropriate information to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens, increase the number of low-propensity, and/or first-time voters among the AAPI community, and pledge voters to participate in General Election Day activities.