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The New Asian American Voices (NAAV) is an Instagram based program that aims to provide much-needed Asian American visibility and representation in the mainstream by highlighting Asian American individuals and collectives who have made significant strides in all sectors of U.S. society. We want to celebrate those who have a significant impact on their community or on American life, including but not limited to significant accomplishments, innovations, notable deeds, positive influences, valuable efforts, and/or meaningful actions. This program was started in late 2021 and has highlighted over 250 Asian American individuals since its inception.

We are now taking this program into the classrooms (NAAV 2024) by inviting secondary school teachers to engage with their students to submit entries for an Asian American story. We also welcome students to submit a story directly to us. 

Why Do It?

NAAV 2024 integrates AAPI ethnic studies academic learning with real world skills in research, communications, creative development, media literacy, intellectual property legal concept, project management, teamwork - contemporary skills, defined in the Partnership for 21th Century Learning (P21), that the students need for future success. This project also allows students to demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter through different mediums.

How to Get Started

Process Overview

  1. Register to participate.

  2. Download the Program Parameters document. This document will provide you with a wealth of information - from candidate selection, information needed, to 1990 Institute’s Selection Rubrics and a Submission Checklist to make sure you have met all the requirements for submission.

  3. Please download the fill out the following three forms are filled as soon as a candidate has been decided upon and the type of presentation your project will take: Personal Liability Waiver, Release Forms and Nonexclusive Licensing Agreement. Submit the signed forms to the 1990 institute by email before beginning work on your project. Parental consent must be obtained for students participants under the age of 18. Email 

Questions and Answers

Last updated on April 8, 2024

When is the submission deadline for 2024?

  • The 1990 Institute will accept submission on a rolling basis however, we encourage you to submit within 3 months of registering your project with us because there is a limit to the number of entries we will accept in 2024.

What is the maximum number of entries for 2024?

  • We plan to select 50 entries for posting in 2024.

How many entry per teacher/student group is allowed?

  • Multiple entries are allowed. We recommend teachers to use NAAV 2024 entry as a classroom project and have 4-5 students assigned to a group to work on an entry. Each student group may select a unique candidate to focus on.

What if my students need help with selecting a candidate?

  • In the Programm Parameters document there is a section that defines the selection criteria and here is a Candidate List [insert link] of possible candidates for you to consider.

How do I know if another team has already picked a candidate I am interested in?

  • Check the “Spoken For Candidates” list [insert link] here. This list will be updated after each registration we received. If an entries about a candidate is not selected for posting, we will put the candidate’s name back on our Candidate List [insert link]

How do I submit my project?

  • All materials for the entry, including required forms, should be transmitted by email to Include the “NAAV: 20XX (Year), full name of the team lead (person who registered the entry) – Name of your candidate - Submission.” in the subject line of your email. 

How do I include the 1990 Institute logo in my presentation?

  • The 1990 Institute will add the logo if your entry is selected.

How do I know if my submission has been selected for posting on New Asian American Voices?

  • Teacher or the lead student who registered for the entry will be notified by the 1990 Institute within 4 weeks of submission and the date of posting. We generally post on Tuesdays.

Is there a prize for a selected entry?

  • There will be a prize of [$50 Amazon gift card] for the team with the selected entry.

If I have questions, who do I contact?

  • Please send your question to and put "NAAV 2024 Question" as a part of your email subject line. If you have registered your project and selected a candidate, please include that information in your email.

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