Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American.
Every year, more than 1,000 Bay Area students in grades kindergarten through 12 submit artwork, essays, poems and videos on a single theme, competing for over $20,000 in cash and prizes.
We started our signature program in 1995 as one of the largest youth celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the nation. It encourages young Asian Americans to take pride in their identities, and helps others understand the varied experiences of our youth growing up in the Bay Area’s diverse communities.
We are grateful for the many teachers, parents and community members who encourage their youth to participate in Growing Up Asian in America. We are especially thankful for the guidance of our volunteer advisory committee of professionals in the media, public relations and marketing. We extend our thanks for their involvement and counsel.
Applicants do not need to be Asian American. Students must be K-12 students in the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area and must submit entries in the art and essay categories. There is a theme for each year's competition.