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Proposal Challenge: Expanding Opportunity for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

About the Challenge
Your ideas for how you would partner with the federal government to make a meaningful impact on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Proposals may include innovation, enhanced infrastructure, or a solution for a hot topic issue.

Posted By: Department of Education
Category: Ideas
Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Feb 26, 2014 - 11:59 p.m. ET, Apr 15, 2014

This challenge seeks ideas for how you would partner with the federal government to make a meaningful impact on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Proposals may include innovation, enhanced infrastructure, or a solution for a hot topic issue to achieve effective outcomes during a focused amount of time (e.g. one year) on a project of choice. The White House Initiative on AAPIs is calling for submissions on great ideas to work in partnership with the federal government to expand opportunities for the AAPI community.

View our National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout for the announcement about this Challenge.

America is home to 18.2 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) who are part of diverse communities with diverse needs. They speak numerous languages, represent several cultures, and all are part of America.  It’s a time of extraordinary growth for the AAPI community. The AAPI population is on the rise in every region of the country. In fact, the population has increased by nearly 50% in just 10 years. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI or Initiative) is working with local leaders to provide the necessary tools for communities to keep up with this growth. WHIAAPI is also helping AAPIs realize the potential of an America built through shared prosperity and equal opportunity. We’re helping to build new government connections with the AAPI community on national and regional levels.  At the heart of this work is the desire for AAPIs to work across cultures and sectors to establish effective local services, and ultimately achieve prosperity nationwide.

Expanding Opportunity for AAPIs: WHIAAPI Proposal Challenge is based on these principals and seeks to generate fresh ideas to expand the mission and work of the Initiative through ideas for potential partnerships.

Over the past three years, the Initiative has connected with diverse AAPI communities across the country. The Initiative has hosted more than 200 roundtables, stakeholder meetings and summits in 25 states, the District of Columbia and the Pacific Islands, reaching more than 30,000 individuals. Recent community engagement efforts have focused on emerging AAPI communities—targeting AAPIs in regions of the country that have experienced explosive growth over the past ten years. The Initiative has built upon those conversations with better-informed AAPI communities and federal agencies working together to address unique health, education, civil rights, economic and community development issues and cross-cutting policy areas including language access, data disaggregation, workforce diversity, and capacity building.

The Initiative’s work has thrived on past partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) to implement Executive Order 13515, which reestablished the Initiative on October 14, 2009. Some examples of this collaborative work include:

  • Parterning with AAPI professional development CBOs to conduct leadership roundtable series and summits;
  • Collaborating with AAPI health CBOs to present information on topical issues such as the HIV epidemic and conducting webinars and disseminating guidance;
  • Hosting the iCount: Equity Through Representation Symposium on data disaggregation with the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education and other CBOs;
  • Connecting with other Federal Agencies to provide technical assistance webinars on Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI); and
  • Establishing a mentorship series for young professionals.

The success of past partnerships has encouraged the Initiative to seek new partnerships. The Initiative invites proposals from entities who have never partnered with the Initiative, as well as existing partners that have new proposals.  These new partnerships will thrive on  the innovations proposed by the partner while also maintaining a focus on the Initiative’s current work on issues such as: immigration, health, health care, education, and workforce development.

Judging Criteria

Expanding Opportunities for AAPIs

Articulate plan’s potential impact to engage and motivate target audience to ultimately improve the quality of life and opportunity for AAPIs.

Innovation

Articulate a creative and original high-quality plan to increase AAPI's access to and participation in Federal programs in a clear manner.

Marketing Plan

Articulate plan to engage community stakeholders through various communications channels, including, but not limited to, ethnic and social media.

Scope/Scale Up

Describes a plan appropriate for a focused term (e.g. one year commitment) and also considers potential for future development and use.

How to Enter

Please adhere to the rules and use the linked submission form to submit one entry per idea.

Rules

Proposal Acceptance Period: Proposals will be accepted beginning at 1:00 AM EDT February 26, 2014 through 11:59 PM EDT April 15, 2014 (“Proposal Acceptance Period”).  All entries must be received by the end of the Proposal Acceptance Period.

Eligibility: This Challenge is open to community-based organizations, schools (private/public, elementary-college/university), non-profit organizations, faith-based institutions, philantropic organizations, local government, and small businesses within the continental U.S. and territories of the U.S.

Number of Entries: One entry may be submitted per proposal/idea, but there are no limits to the number of ideas that one proposer or group of proposers may submit.  However, if multiple versions of the same proposal/idea are submitted, the Initiative reserves the right to read only one proposal and will not consider the other submissions.

Word limits: Please use the linked submission form and adhere to the word limits for each section (no more than 300 words in description sections). The three prompts to address are:  (1) Interest in the AAPI Community; (2) Proposed scope of work; and (3) Why partner with the WHIAAPI on this work?

Finalist Selection and Notification: Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers, consisting of Initiative staff. The decisions of the panel on all matters relating to the Challenge are final. The Initiative reserves the right to refuse any proposals that do not adhere to the rules or that would result in a violation of Federal law, regulation, or the policies of the U.S. Department of Education or the Initiative. The proposal review panel will select the best proposed ideas and may recognize those ideas through the Initiative’s communication channels (e.g. websites, blogs, emails, etc.) beginning on April 2014.

Prizes
This Challenge is non-monetary. The proposal review panel will select the best proposed ideas and will invite the proposers to present their ideas to the White House Initiative on AAPIs. The best proposed ideas may be further recognized through the Initiative’s communication channels (e.g. websites, blogs, emails, etc.) beginning on May 2014. At our discretion, we may choose to pursue future work through partnerships on the best proposed ideas.

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  • I like to join the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for expanding the quality of life. To learn on how to start developing is to form a foundation of work to develop the economy, industry, and commerce which shall help the communities, and the children's future is education. That should be a culture of progress in a country. The Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders deserve that culture of growing economically, commercially industrially and agriculturally for self-sustainability.

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Rules

Proposal Acceptance Period: Proposals will be accepted beginning at 1:00 AM EDT February 26, 2014 through 11:59 PM EDT April 15, 2014 (“Proposal Acceptance Period”).  All entries must be received by the end of the Proposal Acceptance Period.

Eligibility: This Challenge is open to community-based organizations, schools (private/public, elementary-college/university), non-profit organizations, faith-based institutions, philantropic organizations, local government, and small businesses within the continental U.S. and territories of the U.S.

Number of Entries: One entry may be submitted per proposal/idea, but there are no limits to the number of ideas that one proposer or group of proposers may submit.  However, if multiple versions of the same proposal/idea are submitted, the Initiative reserves the right to read only one proposal and will not consider the other submissions.

Word limits: Please use the linked submission form and adhere to the word limits for each section (no more than 300 words in description sections). The three prompts to address are:  (1) Interest in the AAPI Community; (2) Proposed scope of work; and (3) Why partner with the WHIAAPI on this work?

Finalist Selection and Notification: Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of reviewers, consisting of Initiative staff. The decisions of the panel on all matters relating to the Challenge are final. The Initiative reserves the right to refuse any proposals that do not adhere to the rules or that would result in a violation of Federal law, regulation, or the policies of the U.S. Department of Education or the Initiative. The proposal review panel will select the best proposed ideas and may recognize those ideas through the Initiative’s communication channels (e.g. websites, blogs, emails, etc.) beginning on April 2014.

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