AAPI Emerging Leaders Program
Cultivating Passionate Leaders
The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is proud to announce the second session of our AAPI Emerging Leaders (ELP) Program.
Over the years numerous Asian American Pacific Islander community organizations have expressed the need for culturally sensitive leadership programs dedicated to train AAPI youth and young adults.
In 2012, CDBF completed its first Emerging Leaders Program with great success. Nine exceptional young AAPI leaders were trained over three months and learned skills to empower them and serve them through their lives and careers.
With the generous financial support from the Arun Das Memorial Fund, Miller/Coors, Denver Foundation and private donors, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Emerging Leaders Program is now accepting applicants for the second session of ELP.
The AAPI Emerging Leaders Program Council would like to invite you to encourage your youth and young adults to apply for this program. The program is designed to develop their leadership skills through leadership training, mentorship, support, and development opportunities.
Please call us at 303-953-7277 or email us at [email protected] if you have questions or need more information.
The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to develop the leadership skills of Asian American and Pacific Islanders — between the ages of 18 and 25 — by providing leadership training, support, and opportunities. The purpose of this program is to build bridges from one AAPI generation to another to help these emerging leaders become successful in their personal and professional lives and to strengthen their communities through service, engagement, and education.
Identifying and developing young leaders is the life blood of many organizations and this is especially true in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
Over the years, numerous AAPI community organizations have expressed concerns regarding the lack of culturally sensitive leadership programs available to train AAPI youth and young adults. In 2008, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival convened a series of meetings with Asian American organizations and community leaders to identify leadership programs and resources being offered to AAPI youth and to determine populations not served by these programs. Through this research, the gap became clearer as the group sought leadership programs specifically tailored for Colorado’s Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders ages 18 through 25…none could be found.
To ensure that AAPI young adults become powerful, productive, effective community and business leaders the Asian American and Pacific Islander Emerging Leaders Program was developed.
Requirements and Selection
- The deadline to submit applications is Friday Aug. 30, 2013 at 5 pm.
- A potential candidate must be 18 to 25 years old and is a current member of one
of Colorado’s current AAPI communities.
- Each candidate is required to submit the application, answer all essay questions articulating his or her desire to be a leader and three references. A letter of recommendation from a teacher/professor, school counselor, community leader, mentor or professional is a plus.
- The Selection Committee will interview the candidates and select 15 individuals to participate in this program. Upon selection each participant is required to sign a written commitment to complete the program and community project.
- The application fee is $100 and is due by August 30, 2013. You can send payment with your application form, or you can submit the fee online via PayPal here. For applicants who are not selected, the application fee will be refunded in full. If cost is a factor, please contact the Emerging Leaders Program Council at [email protected].
The program consists of 4 training sessions
- A portion of each training will be set aside to help identify and plan each participant’s community project
- Teleconferences will be scheduled in-between modules. This is a time for participants to call in to ask questions, practice skills and to get coaching on a particular issue.
- Every participant must develop and execute a community project. Individuals can choose from several group projects or may elect to carry out his or her own project
Each participant will be matched with a mentor to guide them as they plan and carry out the community project, learn from the training sessions and create their personal development plan.
Connecting to other leadership opportunities
After the successful completion of the program and community project, we are committed to helping graduates further their community and career development by connecting them to opportunities where they can utilize their leaderships skills, e.g., internship programs, jobs opportunities, appointment to Boards or Commissions, chances to network with successful AAPI professionals, etc.
AAPI Emerging Leaders Council:
Ding Wen Hsu
Donna B. LaVigne
Chuong Le, Esq.
Joanne Tabellija- Murphy