Successful Parents in NAAAP (SPIN) is a NAAAP National program with a mission to provide NAAAP members, parents, and parents-to-be with meaningful and culturally relevant resources and opportunities to support their professional and personal lives, and to empower individuals and parents to be effective leaders in their families and communities at-large.
The objectives of SPIN are to:
  • Support children, youth, and families by strengthening intergenerational dynamics and relationships;
  • Promote family-personal-work balance to ensure that NAAAP members are effective in their work and families;
  • Inform local SPIN chapters about evidence-based knowledge and provide advice on human development (such as bicultural identity, psychosocial development, cognition), parenting, fathering, family-work balance, in various social, economical, political, and cultural contexts; and,
  • Network with local and international communities that will enhance the lives of NAAAP families across multiple generations.
SPIN wishes to thank Dr. Susan Chuang, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, for her leadership as NAAAP’s first SPIN program director. NAAAP is currently seeking candidates for its SPIN Advisory Board as well as a new Program Director. If you have a question, idea, or candidate for SPIN director or staff, please email, NAAAP National Chief Programs Officer.

SPIN Events across North America

  • Boston:  In June 2017, Boston chapter will launch a SPIN Playgroup for young families with best practices discussion (e.g. Tantrum Management) and add a family-friendly SPIN focus at its annual BBQ.
  • Philadelphia: As part of its multi-chapter Northeast Leadership Conference (NAAAPNELC) on July 25, 2014, NAAAP Philadelphia organized an interactive panel called “Bridging the Generational Gap: Asian American Families” which was composed of stories and experiences from successful Asian American parents about ways to connect and grow family relationships when facing generational, cultural and communication gaps. In 2013, NAAAP Philadelphia launched its SPIN program with an annual picnic for a fun day of family activities and networking. For more information, contact Carol Wong at
  • RTP: In addition to the individual professional membership, RTP chapter offers a Family Membership and maintains a SPIN Facebook page. RTP families plan an annual Berry Picking day on a farm in honor of Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. In February 2015, the Family Connections Conference allowed families to network, share ideas and learn about local resources available to parents on topics of: Choosing the right school, Cyber-bullying, Family financial literacy, and Nutrition. In June 2013, RTP chapter organized a Family Picnic upon the reopening of Pullen Park, Raleigh’s renovated historic park complete with ferris wheel, paddle boats, and small passenger train ride.
  • Toronto: In October 2013, NAAAP Toronto organized a health information session by the world-renowned SickKids Hospital. Dr. Andrew Howard, an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Senior researcher, and Associate Professor, talked about how to prevent traumatic brain injuries. He focused on sport and playground issues. For more information, contact Jennifer Uy at

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