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Mission Statement

The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation is to build individual and community leadership which:

Promotes greater economic, social, and political justice;

Develops and mentors ethical, highly-skilled, and caring Asian and Pacific Islander (API) leaders who are committed to the API community and;

Strengthens the unique and diverse voices of the united API community in the democratic process.

The objectives of this Foundation are:

To prepare Asian Pacific Islanders for leadership positions in the public, private, political and non-profit sectors;

To strengthen Asian Pacific Islanders? influence in the democratic process and;

To increase Asian Pacific Islanders? involvement in civic participation.

Our core values are:

A belief in social and political justice;

Non-discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation; and;

Asian Pacific Islanders must be represented in all echelons of business, academics, government, nonprofit and political sectors.


The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) was organized in 1998 in response to a growing concern about the need to enable the Asian Pacific Islander community to understand the complexities of the democratic process. Moreover, we have recognized a critical need to identify, train, and mentor community members for future leadership to ensure that the Asian Pacific Islander community has a voice at the table of political discourse and policy making.

The purpose of this Foundation is to provide an environment which fosters the development of individual leadership, community strength and inter-community unity to promote issues critical to Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs). The key components of this Foundation include leadership training, political empowerment/ community organizing, and mentorship.


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