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NAKASEC VA’s 2020 in Review!

By January 11, 2021 August 27th, 2021 No Comments
NAKASEC VA 2020 Year in Review
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Stories

Community Services – Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Park applied for citizenship for the first time in 2018, but their application was rejected due to lack of English proficiency. They tried again after seeing a NAKASEC VA ad in September 2019. They came to a workshop feeling discouraged and weighed down by the previous experience. NAKASEC VA staff and volunteers assisted with application completion and support with the interview. This time, they passed the interviews, completed the oath ceremonies and will vote for the first time in 2021.

Civic Engagement – NAKASEC VA’s multilingual canvassing team (Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean and English) focused on non-partisan voter registration and mobilization of almost 75,000 Asian American voters in Virginia. By Election Day, over 129,000 Asian American voters had voted, representing a 367% increase from 2016 (a higher rate than for all voters at 303%).

Youth Leadership Development

With the new knowledge and skills, I hope to continue to stay involved and help my friends and family get more involved. I still feel like there’s so much to learn and do before I can consider myself “civically engaged,” but I’m excited for how the future turns out. I’m really thankful to NAKASEC (VA) and everyone that was a part of the internship. I’m so glad that you guys could be a part of my story. As I said, this is a part of my character development, and there’s still so much more to my story to be written.

NAKASEC VA Youth Leader

Wins

Here are a few highlights that we’ve been able to achieve with your support:


Media Coverage


By the numbers…

  • 803 unique Asian American callers to office
  • 169 health care referrals and applications
  • 163 citizenship applications + fee waivers
  • 142 supporters
  • 93 undocumented Asian Americans with whom we provided direct financial support
  • 29 Census workshops and events
  • 13 Asian American youth leaders trained
  • ELECTION 2020
    • 70,8118 text messages for November elections
    • 114,223 calls for November elections

We couldn’t have done any of this without you, our community! Now, we’re pivoting to what we can accomplish together in 2021. Wanna know how to get more involved with Asian American community organizing with us at NAKASEC VA in this upcoming year?