A Community Effort with SEAMAAC #PhillyVotes

Over the course of the last couple of weeks I had the opportunity to work part-time with SEAMAAC on their civic engagement field staff team.

A few things we did was: 

  • Voter Registration

  • Phone Banking  

  • Door Knocking

  • Canvassing 

With the leadership of Keith Mui, SEAMAAC's Civic Engagement Coordinator, we connected with Philadelphians to get actively engaged in the Municipal Elections for Philadelphia (Nov 2017).

We took action by registering community members. Through these efforts we'd empower the community of their political agency.

Prior to the election, we called our registered voters and checked in to see if they were aware of their polling locations. If they weren't, we made sure to inform them. 

Since most of our staff were young people of color, we utilized our language skills to better communicate with non English speakers and elders. I was able to utilize my Vietnamese language skills. We occasionally spoke Vietnamese, Khmer, and Chinese to our registered voters. 

This experience reminded me the value of my Vietnamese language skills and how it can make a difference. Word of mouth and direct communication with community is a step always worth taking.


Field Staff Team



Philadelphia APA Youth Summit 

ANDY TOY - Communications & Dev Director 


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Melissa Ly