E3! Challenge: Educate, Engage, and Empower Young AAPI Leaders

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E3! is a new Youth Ambassadors program that discovers, develops and defines a new generation of leaders committed to advocating for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). The E3! Ambassadors Program affords young leaders the opportunity to brainstorm and implement their own unique ideas to help improve the overall quality of life for AAPIs across the country.


Background and Introduction

Last summer, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) launched the Healthy Engaged Youth (HEY!) Program, encouraging young AAPI leaders to become Ambassadors by conducting outreach around the Affordable Care Act (ACA) within their campuses and communities.  This summer, WHIAAPI is launching the E3! Program in order to “Educate, Engage, and Empower” young leaders to increase awareness and outreach around the following four issue areas: education, mental health, pathways to public service, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). You can read more about these issue areas and questions to consider here.

The mission of the WHIAAPI E3! Ambassador Program is to Educate, Engage, and Empower young leaders to increase awareness around critical issues facing the AAPI community and to highlight key federal programs and resources in which AAPIs may be underserved.  Selected E3! Ambassadors are encouraged to conduct outreach within their campuses and communities – whether it’s setting up a table to share resources at a campus fair, facilitating a workshop during a conference, or even utilizing social media – with the goal of improving the quality of life and opportunity for young AAPIs.


The Challenge and How to Enter

To enter this Challenge, please submit responses to the following by August 27, 2014:

Applicant Information

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Address (indicating whether it’s your school, work, or home address)

Essay Question

Please craft an original, innovative plan to increase outreach and awareness within your campus or community around the following four issue areas: education, mental health, pathways to public service, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Proposals should:

  • Mention why you are interested in this Challenge and what about your background makes you particularly qualified to address the aforementioned issue areas.
  • Include measurable goals and benchmarks.
  • Demonstrate the use of marketing techniques such as print/social media, etc.
  • Provide a foundation upon which future E3! Ambassadors can build.

Note: We are looking for applicants who are succinct and able to concisely outline their ideas. Responses should not exceed 750 words.

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Eligibility

WHIAAPI invites individuals between the ages of 18 to 30 years old at the time of application, and who reside within the continental U.S. or territories of the U.S., to apply. Federal employees are ineligible to apply.

E3! Ambassadors are encouraged to commit at least 10-20 hours a month working on tabling, speaking at events, facilitating workshops, or conducting outreach via print/social media, etc. within their campus or community.  E3! Ambassadors will be expected to participate in conference call check-ins every other month and will be responsible for coordinating with relevant staff members during their tenure as E3! Ambassadors. They should also expect to report back on their progress before/during the check-ins.

No more than 15 applicants will be selected per federal region:

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  • Region 1: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Region 2: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico
  • Region 3: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, DC
  • Region 4: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida
  • Region 5: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota
  • Region 6: Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas
  • Region 7: Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa
  • Region 8: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota
  • Region 9: California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific Islands
  • Region 10: Washington, Oregon, Idaho

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Timeline*

  • July 17, 2014 – E3! Program launched at White House AAPI Youth Forum
  • August 17,2014 – Application Deadline
  • September 2014 – E3! Ambassadors Announced in White House Blog
  • September 2014 – E3! Ambassadors Convening in Washington, DC (dependent on available funding)
  • September-October 2010 - Back to School Events and Focus on Education
  • November-December 2014 -  Focus on Mental Health
  • January-February 2015 - Focus on Pathways to Public Service
  • March-April 2015 – Focus on DACA
  • May 2015 – E3! Ambassadors Convening during AAPI Heritage Month in Washington, DC (dependent on available funding)

*Events/dates are subject to change.  E3! Ambassadors will also participate in conference call check-ins in November 2014, January 2015, and March 2015.

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Judging Criteria

  • Educate, Engage and Empower (40%)– Articulate a plan to increase outreach and awareness around the following four issue areas: education, mental health, pathways to public service, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), demonstrating your leadership ability and personal commitment to addressing these issues.
  • Measurability (20%) – Articulate a plan that includes measurable goals and benchmarks that will be used to evaluate the effectiveness and success of your plan.
  • Outreach (20%) – Articulate a high-quality outreach/community engagement plan that will demonstrate your use of marketing techniques such as print/social media, etc.
  • Sustainability (20%) – Articulate a plan that is sustainable and provides a foundation upon which future E3! Ambassadors can build.


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Prizes

150 E3! Ambassadors will be selected (15 from each federal region) and serve for one academic year from September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015. Although the program is non-monetary, selected E3! Ambassadors will: be announced in a White House blog in September 2014, invited to convene in-person in Washington, DC at least once (dependent on available funding), receive a congratulatory letter from WHIAAPI Executive Director, Kiran Ahuja, and have the opportunity to work collaboratively with WHIAAPI staff, members of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs and Regional Interagency Working Group, as well as other Administration officials.

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Terms and Conditions

Please click here for the full list of terms and conditions.