The 2012 Collegiate Japanese American Internship program is running full speed with 5 passionate and hardworking interns placed at APIsCAN, OCAPICA, and APALC this year.
They are doing many hands-on advocacy and outreach work such as researching API funders and doing voter mobilization for the November elections. Three of the interns are conducting phone banking sessions every week to speak directly with potential API voters on issues that matter to them. Their work impacts the community in positive ways and their energy is vital towards obtaining social justice.
These great interns are putting together a 1 Day Conference as part of their Program. Please join us as we learn about how youth can make a difference in their post-college communities.
“How do everyday professionals serve as strong advocates for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities? And how can you likewise utilize your technical and professional skills to empower the AAPI community when you enter the post-college world?
In addressing such questions, this conference offers an open forum for participants to explore various post-college opportunities as well as various forms of activism that align with their future interests. Ultimately, through a series of workshops and panels, this conference hopes to build community while cultivating active and well-informed AAPI youth.”
When: Saturday Nov 17th
Time: 10:00am ~ 4:30pm
Where: Garden Room B @ JACCC
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
by Eri Kameyama
I can’t believe it’s already week 8 of Katarou Histories, inter-generational oral history program, held at the San Fernando Valley’s Japanese American Community Center. This inaugural program has shown that a multi-generational program is possible and that dialogue can happen and community can develop across ages. Throughout the program, participants have gotten to really know each other’s histories and how their Japanese American family histories fits into the larger Asian Pacific Islander history, become more familiar with their intersecting identities of race, ethnicity, gender, class, ability, nationality, and have learned how to use this knowledge to move forward and take action for the larger API community.