The theme of Youth Leadership Week 2018 is Conductivity, revolving around the idea of our generation as the catalyst for change and empowering Asian American voices, both back on our campuses and on a national level: the spark needed to ignite a movement.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email our Special Events Coordinator Aishika Jennela at

Map of Key Locations

Our venues (red), AAPI-owned food places (blue), and other AAPI-owned businesses (green) are on the Google Map below.

Day-By-Day Programming Calendar

Event previews are below, with more programming and details coming soon. 

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Monday, June 25

Welcome Event

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Check in for Youth Leadership Week and meet other attendees while eating dinner in one of the many restaurants in DC!

* Dinner will be on attendees. 

Tuesday, June 26: Sponsored by Planned Parenthood

From Vision to Action: Achieving Reproductive Justice for AAPIs

9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Google DC Office, 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900

Hosted by Planned Parenthood and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, in this workshop, participants will learn about the current attacks on reproductive health and rights in the US and the specific challenges of AAPIs in health access. After walking through the history of reproductive justice, participants will use the reproductive justice framework to 1) deepen their understanding of the fight for AAPIs’ reproductive and sexual freedom and 2) drive their campaign organizing by learning how to cut an issue in their community.

* Refreshments provided. 

Prepare to Care: Creating a Plan

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Google DC Office, 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900

Hosted by AARP, caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles you’ll play. Having a plan and preparing for the future is critical. During this workshop, we’ll share a framework to help you make plans to care for your family members, neighbors and friends.

* Refreshments provided. 

Mental Health and the Professional World

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Google DC Office, 25 Massachusetts Ave NW #900

Hosted by the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, this workshop will address how to take care of oneself in a professional environment, how to access resources, and how to practice giving care to others. 

Congressional Reception

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Hart Senate Office Building, 2ND St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Hosted by APIA Vote, join us for an evening with AAPI members of the U.S. Congress. Hear their inspiring stories and have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with them. 

For more information and registration, visit

*Refreshments will be provided to registrants. Dress code is business casual. 

Wednesday, June 27: Sponsored by APIAVote

USSA GROW Training 

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

During this training, students will learn how to be more strategic in their fight for justice on campus and in the community. This training will teach participants how to increase student power on campus, build on-campus organizations and develop an effective strategy for running and winning campaigns.

*Lunch will be provided.

CAPAL Washington Leadership Program Ideas to Action: Grassroots Advocacy

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | GWU Elliot School of International Affairs RM 213, 2121 I St NW, Washington DC 20004

The fourth WLP Session: Ideas to Action: Grassroots Advocacy hosted by the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership will focus on the history and involvement of AANHPIs in grassroots advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement. The session will discuss the role of the AANHPI community in past civil rights movement and grassroots efforts, and how the community can mobilize today with shifting political landscapes, mass communication, and prolific sociocultural movements. 

For more information and registration, visit

*Dinner will be provided to registrants. 

Thursday, June 28

OCA: Effective Lobbying and Advocacy 101

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | GWU Elliot School of International Affairs Rm 211, 1957 E St NW, Washington, DC 20052

Hosted by the Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA), this training will prepare attendees for meeting with senators and other representatives through hands-on learning about immigration policy and the protocols involved with lobbying.

*Lunch will be provided

Social Event: Picnic at the Mall

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. | Smithsonian Metro Station - National Mall

Join us for an evening of eating banh mi and playing games as we get to relax and hangout at the Washington Mall! After the OCA Lobbying training, we will be meeting at the Smithsonian Metro Station to unwind before our last day!

Friday, June 29

Hill Visits

Time TBD | Senate Offices at the Hill

More information will be released shortly!

* Dress code is business professional. 

APAICS: Sponsorship + Development

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | WeWork Dupont Circle, 1875 Connecticut Ave NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20009

Afraid of the ask? Building new relationships with potential sponsors, partners, and funders is daunting but, never fear! This workshop will provide you with ways to expand your organization's methods of fundraising and how to maintain relationships with sponsors. Reflect on your own organization's practices and learn how to integrate innovative ways to fundraise money in your own communities! 

Campus Organizing and Communications: Creating a Media Strategy to Drive Action 

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | WeWork Dupont Circle, 1875 Connecticut Ave NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20009

Hosted by Crossroads Campaigns, this training is about implementing media strategy for campus organizing by delving into creating a media plan, honing your message, writing a press release, and what to do after sending the press release.

PIRG: Community and Coalition Building

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | WeWork Dupont Circle, 1875 Connecticut Ave NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20009

A lot of us see problems in the world that we want to fix, but not all of us know what to do next. How do you get from picking an issue to running a fully developed campaign? Whether you're working to increase faculty diversity on campus or targeting your state legislature on a bill, we'll walk you through the steps from assessing your organizational strengths to how-to influence your target to vote the right way.

Closing Plenary

5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | GWU Marvin Center Amphitheater, 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052