Calling all Student Leaders & Aspiring Activists!


Youth Leadership Week is our summer conference, meant to empower attendees with hard skills in community organizing and grassroots advocacy. This year, Youth Leadership Week (YLW 2019) will take place June 24th to June 28th 2019 across various venues in Washington DC.

Our theme for YLW 2019 is Collectivity, recognizing the potential of students to be organizers within their own communities. Questions we hope to tackle in our programming include: What are different ways we can collectively leverage our political voice? How do we as organizers effectively combating burnout? What are the tools I need to lobby to state officials?

The cost of YLW 2019 is $10 for the entire week. In doing so, you’ll gain access to our entire week of programming, select catered meals, and a chance to network with like minded interns and AAPI youth.

For more information regarding YLW 2019, contact our Special Event Coordinator, Christopher Chin at


Monday June 24th

Opening Ceremony

6:00pm to 8:00pm | Teasim, Penn Quarter Location, 400 8th St. NW

Join us for our opening ceremony & dinner to kickoff YLW 2019. Get to meet other attendees and enjoy

Dinner will be provided**

Tuesday June 25th

Organizing 101: Action Plans in Civic Engagement & the Census

10:00am to 1:30pm | Hosted by APIAVote | Marvin Center Room 310, George Washington University

Led by APIAVote, this workshop will provide a primer to student organizing with applications on increasing civic engagement and awareness on the Census. Recognizing this as a preparation year for the upcoming 2020 election, we’ll be covering ways we can take this mobilization back to our communities back home.

Lunch will be provided**

Mental Health in Organizing

1:30pm to 4:30pm | Hosted by NAAPIMHA | Marvin Center Room 310, George Washington University

Led by the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) an organization working to address the state of mental health within AAPI spaces, this workshop will discuss how to respond to the burnouts and challenges of organizing. Specifically with a focus on collective mental health, what strategies can we employ to provide self-care for our communities?

2019 Congressional Reception

6:00pm to 9:00pm | Hosted by APIAVote | Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building 

“This is a reception featuring the members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. This is organized by APIAVote with the participation of AAPI supporting organizations. In 2018 over 500 interns participated and it provided the opportunity for all the interns from various programs and those on there on to meet one another. Be inspired, hear their stories and also meet many AAPI Congressional staff members.”

**Please note the 2019 Congressional Reception is a programming event organized through APIAVote and requires separate registration - linked here**


Light Food will be provided**

Dress Code: Business to Business Casual**

Wednesday June 26th

Digital Campaign Work: Organizing Online

3:00pm to 4:00pm | Hosted by | West End Library, 2301 L St. NW Washington,  D.C. 20037

Led by, known for their digital advocacy strategies, this workshop will look at the different ways to mobilize communities online.

Planning a Protest

4:00pm to 5:00pm | Hosted by APALA | West End Library, 2301 L St. NW Washington,  D.C. 20037

Led by APALA, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, this workshop will outline the necessary strategies for students looking to plan protests on their campuses. Come questions we hope to answer: what are the different ways  students can protest? What should students expect to achieve by protesting? What are the elements needed in order to plan a protest?

2019 Washington Leadership Program Session III: Disaggregating on the Job – Equity in the Workplace

5:30pm to 8:00pm | Hosted by CAPAL | US Capitol House Visitor Center, First St SE, #201AB

“This session will break down what diversity truly looks like in the workplace, both within and outside of AANHPI community.  Participants will hear from panelists who can speak to the importance of thinking critically about how Diversity & Inclusion data are represented, and the impact on workplace culture.”

**Please note this 2019 Washington Leadership Program is an event organized through CAPAL and requires separate registration - linked here** (

Dinner will be provided**

Dress Code: Business to Business Casual**

Thursday June 27th

Lobby Day Training

3:30pm to 4:30pm | Hosted by the Sikh Coalition| West End Library Meeting Room, 2301 L St. NW Washington,  D.C. 20037

Led by The Sikh Coalition, this training will cover the necessary etiquette needed to meet with senatorial staff members. In addition to a hard skill training, this workshop with also include a policy briefing for students to focus on specific legislation for their upcoming lobby meetings. 

Evening Social- UPDATED New Location*

5:30pm to 7:00pm | 301 Water St SE #105, Washington, DC 20003 (Ice Cream Jubilee, Navy Yard Location)

Join us for a Banh Mi and Ice Cream! Enjoy time with the other attendees at the Navy Yard!

Dinner will be provided**

Friday June 28th

How to Be an Empowered Constituent

12:00pm to 1:30pm | Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2103, 45 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20515

Hosted by ECAASU, this panel will highlight the experiences of several AAPI Congressional staffers, sharing insight on effective strategies of communication when advocating to their elected officials. Click here to see our panelists.

Lunch will be provided**

Dress Code: Business to Business Casual**

Effective Work & Communication

2:30pm to 4:30pm | Hosted by LEAP | West End Library Meeting Room, 2301 L St. NW Washington,  D.C. 20037

Led by LEAP, this training will provide insight on personal Leadership Development as well as ways to address capacity and coalition building in a student setting. Themes will include more effective ways to communicate and complete tasks as a team.