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Youth Leadership Institute

2023 Youth Leadership Institute


APIDC is pleased to introduce the outstanding graduates of its 2023 Annual Youth Leadership Institute, held this past spring. The graduates are Allyson Javier, from San Jose State University, with a major in microbiology, a minor in chemistry, and a certificate as a behavior technician; Mavey Ma, a graduate student in Library & Information Science at San Jose State University who works part-time at the San Jose Public Library; Joanna Guerra, an undergraduate at Santa Ana College who is majoring in theater, and Linh Tran, from Pasadena City College majoring in political science who will be transferring to UCLA in the fall.


The students participated in an intensive 4-day leadership development program that featured experts on a range of topics and skills-building: Hector Ochoa (disability civil rights); Peter Wong (Asian American history and civil rights); the Honorable Timothy Saito (LA Superior Court, on finding one’s own path); Trisha Murakawa (networking and communications); Millie Kronsteiner (visibility of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the media); Patricia Kinaga (dispute resolution skills); Anne Haga (resume writing and job interviewing skills); Phuong Nguyen (financial independence); YLI alum Samantha Chen, Jennifer Kumiyama and Derek Li (careers in advocacy, civil rights, and community building); Johnna Cho (the joys and benefits of breathing); and Wendy Shiba (best practices for writing and delivering speeches). The graduation keynote speaker was Vinh Ngo, an executive from Corporate Supporter Bank of America. Additional support for the YLI is provided by Southern California Edison.

We are pleased to announce that the 2024 YLI cohort has been selected. Applications for the 2025 program will be listed in the winter of 2024.

We thank our generous sponsor
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