Impact Fellows Program

The Impact Fellows Program (IFP) is an intensive six-week program focused on developing the next generation of civically-minded leaders in the Asian American community. Each year, IFP recruits and trains 15 students between the ages of 17 and 24. Fellows engage in over 80 hours of training around leadership, organizing skills, and Asian American issues over a two-week period. At the end of the training, Fellows will develop a community project that impacts an area of need within the Asian American community. IFP Fellows will receive a certification from Asian Americans Advancing Justice at the end of the program.

Curriculum & Training will focus on:

  • AA Cultural Identity & Leadership
  • AA Background, Facts, Issues, & Resources
  • Community and Campus Organizing
  • Youth Development
  • Program Development & Facilitation
  • Project Management
  • Team Building
  • Public Speaking
  • Effective Communication
  • Networking

2013 Impact Fellows Program

Start Date: June 17, 2013
End Date: July 26, 2013
Location: Depaul University (Lincoln Park Campus)
Stipend: $1000

Click here for the 2013 Impact Fellows Program Application

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Impact Fellows Program 2012

IFP curriculum encompassed a variety of topics under three chief content areas: professional leadership development, Asian American and Pacific Islander 101, and social justice and civil rights.

Professional Leadership Development Social Justice and Civil Rights AAPI 101
  • Decision Making
  • Public Speaking and Presentation
  • Time Management
  • Networking
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Building
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Interviewing
  • Immigrant Integration (DREAM Act)
  • Voter Suppression and Voter Rights
  • Running a Campaign: Voter Mobilization and Turnout
  • Citizenship
  • Affirmative Action
  • Youth Violence
  • Healthcare
  • Campus Organizing
  • LGBTQ Discrimination
  • Identity Workshop
  • AAPI Civil Rights History, Activism, Model Minority Myth
  • AAPIs in Pop Culture
  • AAPI Media Training

4-week internship

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago partnered with 6 community based organizations where fellows were placed to utilize the knowledge and skills learned in their 2 weeks of training to make a direct impact in disenfranchised communities.  The partner organizations were Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), Korean American Community Services (KACS), Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC), Hamdard Center, Indo-American Center (IAC), and the Lao American Organization of Elgin (LAOE).  As part of this internship, fellows added capacity by planning and leading community workshops, providing outreach to clients, registering voters, managing events, creating youth programs, and completing community assessment research.

30th Anniversary of Vincent Chin Field Trip


Fellows went on a 3 day field trip to Detroit, Michigan for the 30th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s death.  As a part of this field trip, fellows attended a conference remembering Vincent Chin, and learning about the bigger, national social justice movement connected to this tragedy.

“I was more engaged than I even would have imagined.  This directly prepared me for the real world.”   –IFP Fellow ’12

2012 Highlights

  • Over 1500 potential voters reached through voter registration drives, phone banking, and community events ultimately registering 361 voters
  • 2 interactive panel discussions; Professional Career Panel of experts and University Faculty member panel.
  • 15 personal stories crafted by each one of the fellows to share with their communities as an organizing tool.
  • 3 final projects; 2 mutli-media videos focused on AAPI identity and culture and 1 workshop on community issues
  • In their internship placements, fellows ran 11 separate workshops reaching over 200 marginalized members of the community concentrating on topics such as ESL classes, youth art, senior care services, professional development, basic technical skills, youth organizing and after school programs.

“My mind was blown. IFP gave me such a different perspective to strive to become more aware and realize that I am not alone as an Asian American.”  –IFP Fellow ’12