Background Information

Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) make up about 17% of the Orange County population. While often seen as the “model minority,” local data shows that PIs have the highest high school dropout rates in several Orange County school districts. In addition, many API youth suffer from high rates of obesity and are likely to engage in high-risk health behaviors.

HAPI-YEP Program Overview

The Healthy Asian Pacific Islander Youth Empowerment Program (HAPI-YEP) gives opportunities for students to be healthy, happy, and successful. Students can receive after-school support, mentoring, tutoring, and college preparation. There are healthy and fun activities as well, and opportunities to meet friends on campus.

HAPI-YEP is a collaboration between California State University Fullerton (CSUF), Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), and Anaheim Union High School District.This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health.

Agency Background

The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) is dedicated to enhancing the health, and social and economic well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders in Orange County, California. Established in 1997, OCAPICA works to improve and expand the community’s opportunities through service, education, advocacy, organizing and research. These community-driven activities seek to empower Asians and Pacific Islanders to define and control their lives and the future of their community.

OCAPICA Website: www.ocapica.org



Dr. Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Principal Investigator

Anthony Villanueva, CSUF Student Assistant

Mandy Nguyen, CSUF Student Assistant


Ashley Cheri, Program Director

VeeJay Atilano, Program Coordinator

Heena Lodhia, Parent Partner




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