Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP)

Introduction

AAOP’s mission is to advance Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in democracy for an equitable and just society.

AAOP’s vision is that Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals, families, organizations, and communities in Minnesota will affect long-term social change and civic engagement through grassroots, neighborhood organizing efforts.

Contact

Linda Her, Executive Director
linda@aaopmn.org
612.377.2561

Website

Offices

  • 2375 University Ave W
    Saint Paul, MN 55114
  • 713 Minnehaha Ave E
    Saint Paul, MN 55106

Business hours

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Accessibility

The mission of AAOP is to advance Asian American and Pacific Islander participation in democracy for an equitable and just society. AAOP provides a variety of programming to assist AAPI community members, including:

Leadership opportunities

  • The Organizing Fellowship Program: 6-12 month paid internship, invites emerging Asian American leaders to learn, develop, and apply their skills in real world situations; integrates civic engagement, community and cultural organizing, and participatory action research
  • Seeding Change Fellowship: intensive 7-10 week full-time volunteer program that combines substantial investment in political development and organizing training through placement at host sites with intentional community-building and community-centered leadership development to prepare a new generation of organizers
  • The Youth Organizing Program: geared towards high school aged youth interested in learning more about civic engagement process; 2-year paid learning experience focused on social justice, civic and community engagement, and grassroots organizing
  • Internships: AAOP also offers internships to growing leaders in the Twin Cities as a way to develop leadership skills and also gain practical skills in the field of organizing.

Programs

  • Civic engagement: AAOP focuses on creating voter accessibility as well as providing gateways towards civic engagement. Programs focused on civic engagement include daily evening phone banking, door knocking, and community outreach events.
  • Asian Language Organizing: The Asian Language Organizing Program focuses on creating accessibility and bridges between generations. It hopes to use language as a tool, equipping bilingual speaks with the language skills needed to community with monolingual speakers and help provide a path towards civic engagement.
  • Door Knock Host Program: Door Knock Hosts create door-knocking surveys and reports, outreach to other community members, and attend leadership trainings. This program helps build unity within the community, allowing community members to speak with each other about issues they care about.
  • Grantees: AAOP provides small grants to nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities area.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Phone Bank Canvasser
  • Door Knock Canvasser
  • Informational Tabling