About AAYP

The Asian American Youth Project (AAYP) is a youth community-based program supported by the non-profit organization China AIDs Fund, Inc. (CAF).  Its mission is to encourage Asian American youth to speak out about their experiences growing up at the intersection of two cultures. Many Asian American adolescents face unique challenges meeting the expectations of their families at home while also confronting stereotypes and discrimination at school and the society in which they live. The AAY Project aims to help youth turn their experiences of diversity and adversity into strengths, grow in self-awareness and become a part of a larger community that inspires others to reach their full potential as leaders and thinkers.

The Youth Ambassadors Scholarship

Every one of us has a story to tell.

Raise your voice; let’s initiate the conversation.


The 2017 Youth Ambassadors Scholarship seeks to award Asian American youth who are committed to generating dialogue on Asian American issues and can reflect on their experiences as Asian Americans in a meaningful way.  Awardees will be chosen from two open categories: High School and Collegiate, and critiqued via an essay, video, or art competition.


Topic:   “What differentiates you from others as a great leader?” or

              “What does it mean to become a leader?”


We are looking for personal accounts that touch upon a story that is particularly meaningful to you through the lens and perspective as an Asian American.

The examples that you chose should be both distinctive and creative, either community-based or even national or global in nature that has indirectly or directly affected you and through the actions that you took, it has reaffirmed your drive to become a great and effective leader.

  • What is your interpretation of a great leader? What qualities does the individual need to possess to become a great leader?
  • How have your unique experiences or struggles growing up as an Asian American helped you to become an aspiring leader?
  • What would you do as an aspiring leader to address a challenge(s) that our global community is facing?
  • How will you continue advocating and empowering others to stand alongside you to address the issue and create change?

2017 Winners’ Essays

2016 Winners’ Essays


2015 Winners’ Essays