Internship and Scholarship Program—Developing Future API Leaders
Click HERE to download application. Deadline March 9, 2018.
The Internship Program was implemented in 2004 and designed to get API youth civically engaged and prepare them to assume leadership roles in the future. It provides high school and college students throughout California summer internship opportunities working for elected officials at all levels of government. Participating students are culturally and ethnically diverse from low to moderate income families living in the northern, central and southern California regions.
API Annual International Leadership Alumni Conference
The 4th Annual International Leadership Conference, hosted by Vision New America (VNA) and APAPA, was held on August 3-5, 2018, at UC Berkeley Conference Center. Over 100 interns and alumni from organizations such as APAPA, CAPA, and China’s own Siyuan group attend. The California APAPA interns and alumni join interns from Texas, Florida, and New York, and students from prestigious universities in China for a cross-cultural exchange.
The program consists of networking, workshops, mentoring and guest speakers. Workshops are hosted by Liliana Li, Executive Director of Vision New America (VNA) discussing topics such as “Ethical Leadership: Strong Core Values” and “Social Media-How to Create a Strong Network”, led by LEAP and other guest speakers. Over twenty business professionals and organization leaders participated as speed mentors, offering advice to enthusiastic and engaged attendees.
Financial Literacy Workshops
APAPA provides workshops to teach students the importance of budgets and financial goals to navigate in the current economy. Students also learn about debit cards, credit, student loans, and identity theft. APAPA partnered with Wells Fargo Bank, Walmart and State Farm Insurance on designing and implementing these informative workshops.
Digital Literacy Project
The Digital Literacy Program is designed to develop and expand student’s digital skills for today’s technology driven workforce. The goal is to educate and provide job training and workforce development to under served Asian Pacific Islander American young adults.
The program provides opportunities for participants to be engaged and become proficient in a business setting; use of digital resources on the web and in social media; and to understand the power behind the use of digital technology. The workshops provide the skills applicable in business today. A large number of students completing the summer project have gone on to work in non-profit community-based organizations, local businesses and pursued advanced degrees. Digital skills are essential and invaluable to businesses and/or non-profit organizations.
The Program, initiated in 2014, was funded by Comcast.
APAPA strives to achieve a more balanced API representation in state and federal government that more closely reflects the API in proportion of the American population. APAPA has established a process for its membership to seek judicial and political appointments at the local, state and federal level. It formed a Political and Judicial Appointment Committee that recruits, coaches and supports highly qualified API candidates in their political aspirations and journeys.
This program has dramatically increased the number of California API appointments, both political and judicial positions. APAPA has created fruitful relationships with the Governor’s office and the Appointments staff as well as key members of the Legislature since the founding of APAPA.
APAPA Making a Difference—California Elected and Appointed Successes
APAPA is honored to work with other community associations, organizations and individuals to help get more APIs elected into federal, state and local offices in California. In 2008, fifteen members of the API community were elected to legislative and constitutional offices and the numbers have continued to increase. In 2010, Tani Cantil-Sakauye was the first Filipino-American elected as the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. By the November 2014 election, APIs held California state constitutional offices, occupied seats in the State Senate and Assembly, held positions across the Executive branch, and on the bench in the State Judiciary.
2014 brought many new firsts for the API community:
- Carol Liu was the first API woman elected to the California State Senate.
- Michelle Steel was the first Korean-American elected to the California Board of Equalization.
- Van Tran was the first Vietnamese-American elected to the California State Assembly.
- John Chiang was the first Asian-American elected as California State Controller.
- Judy Chu was the first Chinese-American elected to the U.S. Congress.
- Jean Quan was the first Asian-American elected City of Oakland Mayor.
However, there is much more work ahead to build a better government, a better society and a better country. APAPA is proud of its partners of all ethnicities across the political spectrum.