Engage in activities for professional development, gain cultural knowledge, and find your voice!

APACE (Asian Pacific Advocacy, Culture and Education) Academy is a 5-day summer program at ASU with a focus on Asian Pacific American history, culture, contemporary topics, cultural competency, public-speaking, and civic engagement.

APACE Academy students engage in activities which help them find connections between their cultural identity, history, and their own professional development. APACE is a space for high school students to make new connections with similarly aged peers, professionals, ASU faculty and students, and community organizations and mentors.

This year, APACE Academy is open to 30 students from Asian and Pacific Islander communities entering grades 9-12 in fall 2024. The program will be held on ASU’s Tempe campus from Monday through Friday, June 3 – June 7, 2024.

Daily activities begin at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm. The schedule includes:

  • Team-building activities
  • Culture Show and Tell
  • Classes on history, culture, and contemporary issues
  • Storytelling workshop
  • Mock Trial
  • Career exploration
  • Closing Celebration for students and families
  • and more!

Note: A lunch hour is scheduled each day. Students should bring their own lunch or will be provided with an M&G card to be used at campus restaurants at the Memorial Union.

Registration fee: Registration fee helps cover t-shirts, materials, snacks, lunches, etc. However, we plan on offering our program each summer with no cost to our students and their family. This is possible thanks to donations made by our community organizations and corporate sponsors. If interested in financially contributing to the ongoing success of our academy, please see below for details.

Registration application: To be accepted into the APACE Academy, complete and submit the online application form here.

Application Due Date: TBD

Questions? Contact Dr. Brandon Yoo at yoo@asu.edu

The APACE Academy is an ASU program coordinated by Asian Pacific American Studies, in collaboration with a number of partner organizations in the community.


Your generosity helps Arizona Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander high school students participate in one of few programs in the state that focuses on the culture, history, and empowerment of AANHPI youth and families. If interested in donating to or sponsoring our academy, please click here or contact Dr. Brandon Yoo at yoo@asu.edu.