Vision:

For every resident in Howard County and every family in Howard County public schools to be equally represented in the community and to have equitable access to services and resources.

Mission:

To advance, empower and unite the Chinese and other immigrants in Howard County by advocating for the underrepresented, leading in civic activities, promoting greater community engagement, and supporting integration into the larger community.

 

Services:

  • Family Education Program (youth internship/volunteer opportunities, tutoring services, seminars on academic achievement and career development, and mental health awareness)

  • Community Outreach (new residents outreach for public programs and services, cultural events, and fundraising for local charities)     

  • Civic Engagement (advocacy on local or regional issues, services on boards or commissions, seminars on participation in the democratic process, voter's registration, and candidate forums)

Program Highlights:

  • Achieve Success Together is an after-school tutoring program to support students on Free & Reduced Meal (FARM) plans and taking English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Howard County. Every year, CAPA collaborates with HCPSS and the county government to work on closing opportunity gaps for these disadvantaged students.

  • CAPA Cares was launched to help low-income senior citizens living in senior apartments. The seniors we serve speak limited English; We pair them with volunteer families to help them with day-to-day tasks. We call them regularly to ensure their physical and mental well-being.

  • New Residents Outreach Program is a partnership with HCPSS's Office of International Student and Family Services that reaches out to new immigrant families to help them through all stages of assimilation to their new environment and the Howard County education system.

  • Mental Health Awareness Program is a program, partially funded by the Horizon Foundation for the past three years, that seeks to serve Asian and new immigrant families who are prevented from seeking professional mental health treatment due to the stigma around mental health, culture barriers, and language differences.

  • Educational Talk Series: CAPA, in conjunction with the Howard County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), has been holding live, interactive Zoom presentations for K-12 students, college students, and parents from all racial and ethnic groups since April 9, 2020.

  • Civic Engagement involves advocating for local or regional issues; serving on boards or commissions; and hosting seminars on participation in the democratic process, voter's registration, and candidate forums.

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