On Saturday, November 14, 2015, APAICS launched its first ever Young Leaders Summit in Salt Lake City at the Utah State Capitol. The summit is geared towards college students and young professionals to promote and inspire leadership and public service.
“We are excited to launch the very first APAICS Young Leaders Summit, giving students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills to create positive change through public service and civic engagement in their local communities and campus groups,” said Amy Watanabe, APAICS Program Director.
“This is an important building block for a strong foundation for the next generation of leaders and creating the political pipeline for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. From this group, we hope to see many of these young AAPI leaders involved in local politics, be future members of Congress and even get to the Oval office,” said Floyd Mori, APAICS CEO & President.
Over 45 participants from University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Salt Lake Community College, Brigham Young University, Weber State University and the local community attended the full-day summit.
JACL NY/SC, LEAP, APAICS and APIAVote/National Tongan Society led workshops for students to explore how to to be an effective leader, network and create positive change through public service and civic engagement. State Farm hosted a workshop on financial literacy and American Petroleum Institute facilitated a dynamic role-playing simulation that gave students first hand experience of making legislative decisions and competing pressures elected officials face everyday from constituent relations, fundraising to media.
The Young Leaders Summit is a regional event and done in collaboration with local community, government and student organizations. We like to thank our collaborative partners of the Salt Lake City Young Leaders Summit: Japanese American Citizens League’s National Youth/Student Council (JACL NY/SC), LEAP and OCA National.
This program is made possible with the support of our national and local Utah sponsors: American Petroleum Institute, Comcast, State Farm, Southwest Airlines, Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs, National JACL Credit Union and Salt Lake County.