Staff

Joshua Fisher Lee, Project Director

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Joshua has been contributing to and leading youth leadership work for the past ten years. Earning a MA in Higher Education concentrating in Diversity and Social Justice from the University of Michigan in 2012, Joshua has been able to advance his practice in working with students to identify and engage in their own transformation. Joshua has served in an organizing as well as operations capacity for several organizations in Oakland and the Bay Area including  Youth Together, Forward Together, and Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy; prior to joining AYPAL, Joshua served as the Assistant Director of Leadership in student activities at The University of California Santa Cruz. He is pleased to be back in his hometown of Oakland supporting a legacy youth leadership organization like AYPAL, creating space for underrepresented immigrant and refugee API youth in Oakland to reflect on their experiences and take action towards meeting the needs of our community.

joshua@AYPAL.org

ORGANIZING SITES

Stanley Pun, Site Coordinator

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VOYCE (Voices of Oakland Youth for Community Empowerment)
Organizing site for Chinese, Filipino & Vietnamese youth

Stanley has been involved with AYPAL for the better part of 10 years.  He has worked as an Intern, college intern, and now as a site coordinator.  AYPAL has shaped and informed the work he has done with other organizations such as Korean Community Center of the East Bay (KCCEB), National Council for Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), and Chinese Progressive Association (CPA).  He graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Asian American Studies and Ethnic studies.  His politics have been shaped through his lived experience growing up in Oakland and witnessing inequity, violence, and how oppression has shaped communities of color and their relations with each other.  He strives to create a better Oakland through cultivating youth empowerment to bridge cultural, ethnic, and generational gaps.  He hopes that he can inspire youth through this work and most of all prepare them for their future endeavors so they can thrive wherever they go.

stanley@AYPAL.org

 

Vincent Saephan, Site Coordinator

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SEAYCA (Southeast Asian Youth Community in Action)
Organizing site for Southeast Asian youth

Vincent has been here at AYPAL for nearly 10 years, starting off as a youth member before becoming an intern. He continued to come back each year as a program assistant during his time in college and has now grown to become one of our organizers. At 24, he just graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Sociology. Along with working at AYPAL, he has also been involved with Serve The People (STP), a grass roots organization that focused on self healing and liberation. His politics and purpose centers around his experience with growing up in Oakland around violence and a school system that did not prepare him or his peers for college. With this work, he hopes to help create an Oakland where communities of color can strive and live safely. Vincent looks forward to building with his community and continuing the work with the youth.

vincent@AYPAL.org