Leadership in Action (LIA) is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to work hands-on in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Southern California.
Leadership In Action is sponsored by
Southwest is the official airline of Leadership In Action.
And the 2015 Bid for Empowerment Donors
Celebrating 19 years of developing student leaders!
Approaching its 19th year, the program takes learning beyond the classroom, and places the student interns in a range of API community based organizations in order to gain real-life experience working at nonprofits. The intern’s weekly schedule is comprised of 4 days at their assigned community based organization (CBO) and 1 day at LEAP.
At the CBO, the intern works with their assigned supervisor on a meaningful project. At LEAP, the intern’s day is devoted to leadership development training, issue discussions, CBO site visits and a community impact project. Nationally recognized trainers deliver workshops in critical skill areas. Issue discussions are on local or timely topics of interest and are facilitated by local community leaders/activists and LEAP trainers. The community impact project will give the students interns an opportunity to flex their leadership skills in a safe setting, as well as allow them to contribute a service that has lasting impact on to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
WHAT DO LIA INTERNS DO?
HOW IS THE PROGRAM STRUCTURED?
PROGRAM LENGTH AND STIPEND
The eight-week program runs from June 13 through August 5, 2016. Interns will receive compensation in the amount of $3,200 for successful completion of the program and are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and insurance.
Applications for 2016 are now closed.
Please visit www.leap.org/lia_updates to sign up for updates.
Summer 2015 LIA Interns
Left to Right (top): Johnson Nguyen, Andrew Hua, Carl "Gio" Viray, and Maikoau Vang
Left to Right (bottom): Trisha Hongcharti, Ronia Auelua, Jimmy Tang, Avalon Igawa and Nathan Lee
Here are the 2015 Leadership In Action interns, their blogs, and their assigned community based organizations (CBOs):
- Ronia Auelua (University of Hawaii) / www.teineoceania.tumblr.com / Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
- Trisha Hongcharti (University of Virginia) / www.tfatrishaforasians.tumblr.com / Teach For America - Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative
Andrew Hua (University of California, San Diego) / www.leapandrewdathua.tumblr.com / API Equality – Los Angeles
- Avalon Igawa (University of Southern California) / www.whatshapanin.tumblr.com / / East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
Nathan Lee (Loyola Marymount University) / www.nathanclee808.tumblr.com / Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance
Johnson Nguyen (University of Washington) / www.jbnguyen206.tumblr.com / Japanese American Citizens League
- Jimmy Tang (American University) / www.tang-jimmy.tumblr.com / Asian Youth Center
Maikoau Vang (University of Wisconsin - Madison) / www.mkvangg.tumblr.com / Koreatown Youth and Community Center
Carl "Gio" Viray (California State University, Northridge) / www.carlangeloviray.tumblr.com / LEAP
Group Community Impact Project
This year’s cohort decided to create an interactive API timeline, which they were able to deliver as a workshop to the students from the Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment (SCAPE) at the University of Southern California. This workshop was then designed into a toolkit for future student leaders and community members to use. The LIA interns created this API Timeline Toolkit to educate, create cross-cultural bonds, and honor API history and heritage. To view their API Timeline toolkit, visit: bit.ly/API_timeline.
Click here to view past interns, their blogs, and their community impact project at: www.leap.org/empower_lia_pastinfo.