This year’s training’s will take place at the following college and universities:
• University of Michigan – Feb. 18
• Hendrix College – Feb. 25
• Columbia University – March 3
• University of Minnesota – March 17
• University of Arizona – March 24
• American University – March 31
• University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – April 21
• University of California, Irvine – May 19
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 26, 2012) — The Organization of Chinese Americans has received a $157,500 grant from State Farm for support of its 2012 APA Youth Leadership Summit, APIA U: Leadership 101 Training, and the upcoming JACL/OCA Leadership Summit.
As part of its mission as a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, OCA continues to develop programs that foster the future generations.
“OCA is honored to have this relationship with State Farm and we’re grateful for their continued support of our leadership programs,” said OCA National President Ken Lee. “Because of State Farm, we have been able to provide future leaders with the tools they need for success.”
The APA Youth Leadership Summit is a newly designed program that will bring high school students for a one-day training hosted by local chapters. The training is designed to encourage civic engagement and raise awareness of Teen Driver Safety, financial literacy, and career planning through facilitator-led workshops.
OCA also hosts APIA U: Leadership 101 Training in college campuses nationwide to prepare leaders of the upcoming generations. APIA U: Leadership 101 is a day-long training that helps students understand their identities, develop their leadership and become community advocates.
The training provides an opportunity for APA student leaders to partake in discussions, hands-on exercises and presentations. Led by two facilitators, the training helps students gain skills in organizing and team building, while making connections with their peers along the way.
Last year, the leadership training program served approximately 400 students during the academic school year across the nation at 11 colleges and universities.
“State Farm is pleased to continue to partner with OCA in these leadership programs. Our commitment to education excellence for all students is a top priority as we help build safer, stronger, better-educated communities,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, Corporate Public Affairs at State Farm.
In partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League, the JACL/OCA Leadership Summit continues to enable leaders from chapters across the country to attend a three-day intensive training in the nation’s capital. During the training, participants from both organizations will enhance their leadership and coalition building skills by becoming familiar with the political process and meeting with APA leaders in Congress, the White House, and partners from the social justice community.
This year’s summit will be held from Sunday, March 10 to Tuesday, March 13. Those eligible to apply and are interested in attending can register by visiting www.ocanational.org. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 31.