AAPI Emerging Leaders Program

Cultivating Passionate Leaders

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

 

The first class of Emerging Leaders Program graduate (ELPers) thank their mentors: (front, from left) Ali McNally, Eve Tang, Victor Nguyen, Alexandria Joo; (back, from left) Joie Ha, Jennifer Nguyen, Vanessa Teck, Craig Hirokawa and Alisha Rushford.

The first class of Emerging Leaders Program graduate (ELPers) thank their mentors: (front, from left) Ali McNally, Eve Tang, Victor Nguyen, Alexandria Joo; (back, from left) Joie Ha, Jennifer Nguyen, Vanessa Teck, Craig Hirokawa and Alisha Rushford.

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is proud to announce the third 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 third 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.

Purpose

The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to develop the leadership skills of Asian American and Pacific Islanders — 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.

Background

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…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

  • 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 up to 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.
  • This program is FREE and open to all AAPI young leaders and professionals.

Workshops

The program consists of 3 training sessions

  • 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.
  • Individuals can choose from several group projects or may elect to carry out his or her own project.

The workshops will be held at the Denver Foundation 55 Monroe St. Denver, CO, 80206 on the 6th floor.

Workshop dates are as follows:

October 14th from 9 AM to 4 PM

November 18th from 9 AM to 4 PM

January 20th from 9 AM to 4 PM

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:

 

  • April Greene Apking
  • David Chung
  • Janet Shih Hajek
  • Kirk Matsuzaki
  • Jennifer Nguyen
  • Asha Vasant

Email us at [email protected] for more information, or call 303-953-7277.

 

APPLY. LEARN. LEAD.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!

 

 

 

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