Interested in building with other immigrant communities? Join the 2012 Common Roots Program!

Common Roots is now accepting applications for our summer youth leadership program!


The Common Roots Youth Organizer Program is a collaborative environmental justice and youth leadership development program between People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER) and the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA). Through our joint program, PODER and CPA have brought together low-income immigrant youth of Latino and Chinese descent to build their skills and capacity for organizing, engaged youth in social and environmental justice campaigns affecting their neighborhoods, and ensured their participation in city-wide advocacy efforts so that their communities’ voice is heard.

In the summer, the Common Roots Program runs for 7 weeks, from June 14th to July 27th. There will be weekly meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3 hours that consist of political education workshops, team building activities, and skills training. At the end of the program, there will be a graduation event to celebrate our work and community together. Specific meeting times/location will be announced when we select the participants.

Applications are due by Friday, May 11, 2012 by 6:30pm. We will notify you by phone and email if you are accepted to the Common Roots Program by May 18, 2012.

Apply today! Click here to apply.

OPTIONAL: At the Chinese Progressive Association, we have the annual Youth Leadership Retreat on 6/4/12 to 6/7/12--a 4 day 3 nights youth training at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel (near Half Moon Bay). This retreat is open to Common Roots participants as well, where you will learn more about CPA, get to know other youth leaders, and have fun. We highly encourage you to apply for the retreat if you can make it, but attendance is not mandatory. The cost to attend is $25, which will cover ALL lodging, meals, and transportation for the 4 day 3 nights retreat.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jennifer Phung by email jennifer@cpasf.org or by phone (415)391-6986 Ext. 305.