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 20 years of developing student leaders!
Approaching its 20th 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 and Pacific Islander (API) 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 2017 updates.
Summer 2016 LIA Interns
Left to Right (top): Angie Tran, Ryan Huynh, Tony Tang, Danny Yang
Left to Right (bottom): Aian Hurtado-Doppenberg, Sharayne "Ray-Ray" Tuala, Dee Pha
Here are the 2016 Leadership In Action interns and their assigned community based organizations (CBOs):
- Ryan Huynh (University of California, Berkeley) / Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
- Aian Hurtado-Doppenberg (University of California, Riverside) / API Equality – Los Angeles
- Dee Pha (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) / LEAP
- Tony Tang (California State University, Los Angeles) / East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
- Angie Tran (University of Oklahoma) / Thai Community Development Center
- Sharayne "Ray-Ray" Tuala (Cerritos College) / Search to Involve Pilipino Americans
- Danny Yang (California State University, Fresno) / Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance
Group Community Impact Project
This year’s cohort decided to create a promotional video that shared the impact of the program on the participants and a self-published magazine with articles and artwork about being minorities within a minority. The magazine is being shared with college age youth around California, Minnesota, and Oklahoma.
Watch their video below:
Read their Zine here:
To be uploaded
Click here to view past interns, their blogs, and their community impact project at: www.leap.org/empower_lia_alumni.