Youth Leadership Academy
The APAICS Youth Leadership Academy program, in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, is a week-long leadership development and enrichment program geared towards high school students. The purpose of the program is to provide students of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AA & NH/PI) heritage the unique opportunity to learn more about government and public policy issues impacting the AA & NH/PI community and how they can be more involved in the political process.
About the Close Up Foundation
The mission of the non-profit, non-partisan Close Up Foundation is to inform, inspire and empower young people to understand and embrace the rights and responsibilities of active citizenship. Since 1971, Close Up has served more than 900,000 students and teachers from across the country. Close Up serves middle and high school students and teachers through civic education programs, professional development for educators, and classroom resources.
Dates: August 14-19 2022
Participants must be currently enrolled high school students for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Program Details and Structure
Currently, this event is planned to be in-person. APAICS will be closely monitoring the COVID-19 numbers in the coming weeks, and if necessary may alter the program including the possibility of shifting to a virtual event. If the program moves to a virtual setting, then the tuition for the program will be $150.
Fees and Financial Aid
Cost: $1,607 to participate. This cost includes any entrance fees, hotel accommodations, all meals, and programming. Scholarships are available to students whose families demonstrate financial need. Please complete Section 4 - Scholarship Information to be considered for a scholarship.
Note: APAICS will be closely monitoring the COVID-19 numbers in the coming weeks, and if necessary may alter the program including the possibility of shifting to a virtual event. If the program moves to a virtual setting, then the tuition for the program will be $150.
"After attending the APAICS youth leadership program last summer, I learned many new skills. The best I learned was probably how to speak up and be more outspoken on things we strongly believe in...My experience has further intrigued me into pursuing Pre-Law and working with the communities that are underrepresented. In college, I want to start an alliance club for underrepresented minorities, in hopes of giving them a better voice. I've also personally thought about doing public service in college."
APAICS YLA 2020 Participant
2020 YLA Wrap-Up
APAICS hosted the 2020 Youth Leadership Academy in partnership with the Close Up Foundation as a virtual program from June 14-19, 2020. We were joined by 52 AAPI high school students from 16 different states and territories and developed the skills and attitudes to become active and engaged citizens and reflect on how public policy impacts their lives and communities. Students working in small-group “workshops”, studied curriculum topics ranging from Federal Government Structure to Building AAPI Political Power and Leadership. We were honored to have Senator Amanda Shelton of the Guam Legislature join us as a guest speaker.
Throughout the week, students deliberated policy issues including criminal justice, immigration, and climate change. The week concluded with a legislative congressional simulation. Students were “sworn in” as U.S. Representatives, debated current bills moving through the United States Congress such as the VOTE Act and Original Living Wage Gap, and cast their vote in the “virtual Congress."