CAPS (Chinese-American Princeton Siblings) is an organization at Princeton University that focuses on building long-term, one-on-one relationships between Chinese-American Princeton students (“big sibs”) and Chinese adoptees in the Jersey area (“little sibs”).
Inspired by the CASPY programs at Yale and Columbia (bi-annual events where adopted Chinese children are assigned a Yale/Columbia “big sib” for a day and participate in a variety of cultural activities), I wanted to create something similar with Princeton’s Chinese Students Association (CSA), but something more focused on long-term matches.
CAPS, initially intended to be a collaboration between CSA and Princeton AASA (Asian-American Students Association), grew larger in scale than I had imagined, and is now a stand-alone student organization headed by myself and two other student coordinators. We currently have 49 children in the program, ages 4–16, coming from Central Jersey, South Jersey, and Jersey Shore’s FCC programs. Each child has been matched to one (or, in some cases, two) Chinese-American Princeton students based on common interests. These “big sibs” serve as mentors and Chinese-American role models.
We encourage all sibling pairs to build their relationship and stay in touch via email and Skype, but also hold several events on-campus every year to provide opportunities for mentors and mentees to meet eachother in person. Many families also make other arrangements to meet up for dinner, for “playdates,” etc.
Elizabeth Cai ’13
Founder, Senior Coordinator