High School Leadership Initiative

LEAP's High School Leadership Initiative is Sponsored By







Tailored specifically for Asian and Pacific Islander (API) high school students between the ages 15-18 year olds, LEAP's High School Leadership Initiative (HSLI) uses LEAP’s current professional leadership workshops as the foundational base.  The HSLI curriculum offers a series of workshops that help students increase their self-awareness and challenge them to think critically about the type of leaders they are and hope to be. LEAP believes that this enables youth to more accurately portray themselves in college and scholarship applications, interviews, resumes, and at networking opportunities. 

Participants in the workshops will be able to…

      • Explore leadership strengths and areas for development
      • Learn to expand and use multiple tools as a leader
      • Discover ways to make memorable impressions on college and scholarship applications, at interviews, and in networking opportunities.


HSLI workshop series include:

      • Values-Based Leadership

- Discussing and breaking down stereotypes and assumptions about leadership
- Exploring leadership strengths and areas for development
- Understanding LEAP’s leadership framework

      • Understanding Your Cultural Values

- Exploring and articulating personal, family, and community values
- Discussing outside perceptions of values and possible conflicts
- Learning to expand and use multiple tools as a leader

      • Keeping It Real

- Utilizing tools to help present themselves
- Exploring ways to make memorable impressions on essays, at interviews, and in networking situations

      • Know your Roots:  An API Timeline

- Learning about the history of APIs in America
- Sharing personal histories and how they are influenced by major events

      • API Speaks

- Watching a series of videos where college students give advice to their younger selves.
- Discussing expectations and questions about attending college

      • Getting In 1, 2, 3 (College)

- Creating action plan for college applications and scholarships
- Exploring best practices for letters of recommendation and references
- Discussing how to select the college that fits best


Workshops are offered nationally and in partnership with various organizations. If you are interested in partnering with LEAP to bring a high school workshop near you, please contact us.

As workshops are booked, they will be listed below.

For more information, please contact:
Connie Oh, Program Coordinator
(213) 485-1422 x4118



Upcoming High School Workshops


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College Selection 101: How Your Values Can Guide You
Co-Hosted by Florida Asian Services Center and the Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association

Date: March 17, 2018
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: 659 NE 125th St., North Miami, FL 33161
Registration Fee: $10 - includes lunch

LEAP is delivering the following workshops: Values-Based Leadership, Storytelling (Branding), and a college panel. To register, please fill out this form at: www.leap.org/empower_hslimiami.

If you have any questions, please contact Connie Oh at coh@leap.org / (213) 485-1422 x 4118.


Previous High School Workshops


Date: October 19, 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Partnership: The Center for Hmong Arts and Talent

LEAP delivered Keeping it Real to the CHAT Youth Leadership Group and provided an opportunity right after the workshop for the students to practice the tools they had just learned at a live networking event (LEAP's Community Reception). Students were anxious at first but quickly gain confidence as they continued meeting more people throughout the evening and had support from the LEAP trainers, who were also present at the event. 

Date: September 24, 2016
Location: Coral Springs, CA
Partnership: Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association

LEAP delivered Cultural Values, Branding, Getting in 1, 2, 3 (College) to over 25 students and included a parent session.

Date: July 30, 2016
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Partnership: Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)

LEAP delivered Cultural Values and Effective Work and Communication Styles at SIPA's at their Kapwa Conference.

Date: May 26, 2016
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Partnership: Teacher from Downtown Magnet High School 

LEAP delivered the Leadership Workshop and Getting In 1, 2,3, (College) Workshop at Downtown Magnet High School.

Date: March 19, 2016
Location: New York, NY
Partnership: Korean Community Services of New York

LEAP delivered two workshops: Leadership and Effective Work and Communication Styles.





Date: October 21, 2015
Madison, WI
Partnership: The Hmong American Student Association at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

LEAP delivered a 2-hour Leadership workshop. Students were encouraged to think about their leadership and explore their leadership strengths and areas for development.



Date: October 10, 2015
Location: Coral Springs, Florida
Partnership: Coral Springs Chinese Cultural Association 

LEAP delivered a full day of high school workshops.  The 1-day event included modules related to Leadership, Asian and Pacific Islander (API) History, Cultural Values, Branding, and College Preparation.  There were 25 students who attended the event.



Date: May 28, 2015
St. Paul, MN
The Center of Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT)

LEAP delivered a workshop the Youth Leadership Group from CHAT. LEAP delivered a workshop on Understanding Your Cultural Values. Students were able to talk about different types of leadership styles and how cultural values can inhibit or enhance their leadership styles.

Date: March 6, 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Partnership: Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)

LEAP was invited to help prepare youth for a networking opportunity at the SIPA gala. To help prepare the youth for the gala, LEAP delivered the Keeping it Real workshop where students were able to share their values and passion to present themselves genuinely.

Date: February 21, 2015
Claremont, CA
Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), Asian American Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (AAAJ - LA), and Mark Keppel High School

LEAP delivered a three-hour Keeping it Real workshop to help with branding at Pitzer College.