Path & Purpose—Asian Pacific Cultural Center

In our 2021 Annual Report, Path & Purpose, we explore how through shared vision and purpose, connection, community, and persistence, our partners are creating equitable pathways for thriving youth across this beautiful state. Read the full report here.

The Asian Pacific Cultural Center’s mission is “to bridge communities and generations through art, culture, education and business.” Executive Director Faaluaina (Lua) Pritchard shares her insight into the work of the organization.  

“Teaming up together (with school districts) makes the difference. That’s what’s fantastic about our work. We are making a difference. The Tacoma School District graduation rate was low until they partnered with our organization and now it’s up. In January 2011 we started with 5 kids in our program and even though the school year was already happening, we still helped them graduate. We now work with over 260+ students from six school districts in Pierce County.” 

“We are a cultural center. We use culture to turn students around. When students fully understand who they are as a person and their cultural background, they become better people and it shows in school too.”