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Young AAPI activists are trying to stop bullying at their high schools.

Sep 28 2021

Young AAPI activists are trying to stop bullying at their high schools. According to an Act to Change survey, 80% of more than 300 AAPI youths said they experienced bullying either in-person or online, and as the school year begins, many K-12 students in the AAPI community are channeling their frustration into activism and working with community organizations to push schools to take “a more proactive approach” to addressing incidents of racism. Some are working directly with nonprofits through interning with Stop AAPI Hate or organizing events with Act to Change. For instance, the latter organization enlisted Queer Eye star Tan France to lead interactive workshops at several high schools, with the goal of teaching students to become active anti-bullying advocates on campus. Meanwhile, Stop AAPI Hate research found that 81% of AAPI students who experienced bullying say they have some form of mental health service at school, but less than a quarter said they were satisfied with the available treatment, and only 15% report actually using them—so the groups are working on providing teachers with “culturally sensitive resources” to address anti-Asian racism. (NBC News)