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Project Gets $1.3 Million Grant

Asian Pacific Islander Youth Program Aims to Increase Health Awareness

May 6, 2013

Cal State Fullerton has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a “Healthy Asian and Pacific Islander Youth” project, a partnership effort with the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance and Magnolia High School in Anaheim in which CSUF students mentor, tutor and provide health awareness education at least twice weekly to Asian American and Pacific Islander students at Magnolia. Tu-Uyen N. Nguyen, associate professor of Asian American studies, is the grant’s principal investigator.

“This youth empowerment program is needed,” Nguyen explains, “because many Asian American and Pacific Islander youth from low-income communities in Orange County experience barriers to higher education and have risky health behaviors. The program will help them develop the necessary skills, leadership and resiliency to complete high school and gain access to college and meaningful careers.”

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