Congratulations to our 2021 Youth Leadership Institute Graduates

APIDC is proud to announce the 2021 graduating class of its annual Youth Leadership Institute!


Clockwise from top Left: Melissa Chow, Connecticut College; Kelvin Chau, UCLA; Angela Zhu, PCC, entering Cal State Fullerton; Shruti Rajkumar, Emerson College (Boston)

Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) students received information about the Asian American and disability rights movements; research on APIs with disabilities, an update on strategies to address anti-Asian hate, APIDC’s college campus program to support students experiencing anxiety, public speaking tips, writing effective resumes, how to put your best image forward during job interviews, dispute resolution skills, the importance of positive media images, how to create a realistic budget on a college student income, and finding your career path. Special presentations were also offered on breathing, yoga and meditation, and the True Colors personality paradigm (for understanding self and others).

APDIC is grateful for the generous expertise shared by our panelists:

Kenna Chic, Johnna Cho, Jackie Dai, Rick Eng, Rose Gaw, Annie Haga, Kristen Higa (YLI alumnus), Christina Kataoka (Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center), Barbara Kim, Patricia Kinaga, Millie Kronsteiner (The Nielsen Company), Raymond Kwong (YLI alumnus), Derek Li, Mark Matsui, Brian McGrath (YLI alumnus), Trisha Murakawa  (Murakawa Communications), Phuong Nguyen (Bank of America), Hector Ochoa, Timothy Saito, Renee Te, Peter Wong


Additional support from Tho Vinh Banh, Wendy Shiba, & Nicole Williams.

The YLI program is possible through the generous support of Bank of America, Southern California Edison, individual donors and community partners.

Learn more about YLI and to apply for the 2022 YLI