AYPALAsian Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership
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"A lot of their parents are from war-torn countries, so there are a lot of mental-health issues," says Armael Malinis, a lead organizer at AYPAL. "They face so much, with violence, poor education, and issues at home dealing with war and genocide, and just the angst of being a teenager." Malinis heads a group of more than two dozen community youth leaders who organize grassroots campaigns with the assistance of 250 to 300 activists.
Vincent Saephan, age 20 and a five-year veteran of AYPAL, spoke in front of City Council members but admits he didn't have faith in the process at first.