YLW 2017 Programming


Youth Leadership Week 2017 will include talks about advocacy and leadership. Read about these workshops and activities below! 

All events on Tuesday (June 20) will be at Chinatown Garden (618 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001) on the Third Floor.

All events Wednesday-Friday (June 21-23) will take place at Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), located at 1628 16th St NW #3, Washington, DC 20009, unless otherwise specified. View our YLW 2017 map.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Samantha Ng at 973-960-1407 by call or text, or Christine Lee at christine.lee@ecaasu.org.

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Tuesday, June 20

Grassroots Organizing Training: How to Build Power & Develop a Winning Strategy (USSA)

10:00AM-6:00PM | Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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.


How to Begin a Career in Politics hosted by Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

Hosted by Jason Liu and Anthony Reyes

6:00-7:00PM | Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

There are currently 18 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elected officials in Congress, which is the highest AAPI Congressional representation in American history.

Although there has been an increase in elected representation, there is still a major discrepancy among Congressional and federal staffers.  This workshop will address how young leaders can take the first step in becoming more politically engaged  and what type of public service career opportunities there are on Capitol Hill and in our democracy.  

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Wednesday, June 21

Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II Exhibit

9:30-11:00AM | National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue NW Between 12th and 14th Streets, Washington DC, 20001

Hosted by Noriko Sanefuji

The exhibition explores this history through the Executive Order 9066 document on loan from the National Archives. February 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a document that President Roosevelt signed in 1942, two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The order resulted in the imprisonment of 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals in prison camps across the country, many being relocated far from home. Some 40 years later, the U.S. Congress formally recognized that the rights of the Japanese American community had been violated and President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, providing an apology and restitution to the living Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II.


Fighting for Affordable Health Care (AARP)

Hosted by Joseph Liu


As the fate of health care legislation now rests with Senate, get an understanding of what is currently occurring in the health care debate and what can you do about it. Learn about some of the on-the-ground tactics that AARP does with members and non-members. While some legislators continue the talks about benefit cuts, AARP continues to oppose legislation that would impose an age tax, eliminate protections for preexisting conditions, and give deals to drug and insurance companies while doing nothing to lower the cost of health care or prescription drugs.


Advocating for Yourself and Your Cause

Hosted by Samantha Cheng


Have you ever been unsure of how to present yourself and your ideas to people in power? Meet Samantha Cheng, an accomplished journalist, documentarian, and advocate for the APIA community. She is currently advocating for two bills that would grant Chinese American World War II Veterans with a Congressional Gold Medal for their service. In this workshop, she’ll be sharing the best tips and tricks to best advocate on the Hill and in your community.


WLP: Politics and Policy Makers hosted by Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership



This event connects participants with politicians and policymakers, focusing on the power of storytelling to influence politics and policy making. Reflect upon your heritage and learn to tell your story in the context of advocacy work. The speakers are Christopher Kang, National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 34 Asian Pacific American organizations, and Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, the Founder and Principal of Arum Group, LLC. Registration begins 5:30 p.m. with the event at 6 p.m. Dinner is provided. Reserve a seat here.

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Thursday, June 22

Effective Lobbying and Advocacy 101 hosted by OCA - Asian American Advocates

Hosted by Kham S. Moua, Kim Hall, and Andrew Lo


Effectively lobbying and advocacy is the backbone of policy advocacy. If organizing ensures that an issue is discussed, then lobbying fine tunes the details of the law. In this workshop, participants will learn basic lobbying concepts to help them frame their issues, tell their stories, and make their asks.

YLW Unconference


Interested in continuing conversations that you have had during YLW so far? Want to help others learn more about the things you are passionate about? Participate in YLW Unconference to do all that and more! To get involved, join the #unconference channel on Slack to propose ideas and topics of interests. There, you can chat and organize with other participants about leading your own discussions, workshops, and more. 

Congressional Reception hosted by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)



The evening will highlight the leadership of AAPI members of U.S. Congress. Be inspired, hear their stories, and meet many AAPI Congressional staff members. This event will also provide an opportunity for you to also engage one-on-one and learn how to develop life as a public servant. For more information, visit http://www.apiavote.org/reception.

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Friday, June 23

Fundraising and Sponsorship Relationships Workshop

Hosted by Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke


Afraid of the ask? Surely, 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!

Read workshop host biography here.


Developing a Winning Campaign Workshop hosted by Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG) 

Hosted by Dan Xie


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.


Legal Contracting and Finance Basics

Hosted by Nimesh Patel and Keith McAllister


Creating programming for large events or for a conference means tending to the smallest details. As organizers, you are responsible for meeting asks and following through your end of the stick. Learn how to negotiate contracts, enact fair policies for potential speakers and entertainers by recognizing precautions to take to limit your own organization's liability. Afterwards, join us in discovering that budgeting isn't as stressful  as it may sound! We will give you an overview on the basics of accounting and advice on how to maintain a realistic budget to successfully balance the budget of an organization or non-profit.


Community & Media Relations Workshop

Hosted by Mary Tablante and Alton Wang


Effective communications with the community and media are critical to advance the goals of your organization and ensure that you are able to manage anything that comes your way. Learn how to structure and manage crisis communications and relations, and the best practices for maintaining a communications strategy that benefits your organization. This workshop will focus on how to write coherent press statements, official organization statements, approach press, and maintaining a strong media presence.

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