Past LIA Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Interns, and Blogs
2014 LIA Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Interns
- Koreatown Youth and Community Center / Anna Courchaine (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) - http://leapinglianna.tumblr.com
- Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance / Tonga Fakalata (University of Redlands) - http://thefinedime.tumblr.com
- LEAP / Mayta Lor (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
- East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center / Julie Mac (California State University, Northridge) - http://jmacxleap.tumblr.com
- APA Dispute Resolution Center / Steven Marsiglia(University of California at Berkeley) - http://smarstakeslosangeles.tumblr.com
- Thai Community Development Center / Chan Naing (University of Florida)
- Little Tokyo Service Center / Paul Nguyen (University of California, Irvine)
- Keiro Senior HealthCare / Maggie Quan (University of California, San Diego)
- Asian Business Association / Kenny Ung (Boise State University) - http://leapkennyung.tumblr.com
- API Equality – Los Angeles / Shaomay Vong (University of California, Irvine) - http://shaomayequality.tumblr.com
2013 LIA CBOs / Interns
- Kizuna / Linh Chuong (Hendrix College, Arkansas) kizunaandi.tumblr.com
- Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) /Deborah Hwang (University of Wisconsin, Madison)debapiopa.tumblr.com
- LEAP / Art Li (Pomona College) leapinart.tumblr.com
- Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC) / Kim Navoa (University of Illinois, Chicago) kimleaps.tumblr.com
- FilAm Arts / Thanh Nguyen (Ohio State University) leapfilamartstvn.tumblr.com
- Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC) / Diana Pereda (University of Southern California) leadershipinaction2013.tumblr.com
- API Equality – Los Angeles / Keshav Tyagi (University of Southern California) welcometotherealworldwellsortof.tumblr.com
2012 LIA CBOs / Interns
- Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) / Tevita Folau (UCLA)
- Tongan Community Service Center (TCSC) / Monique Matautia (Cal State, Long Beach)
- APIOPA / Veronica Thao (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
- Visual Communications (VC) / Kyle Tsukahira (Cal State, Los Angeles)
- LEAP / Yuhe Faye Wang (Pomona College)
2011 LIA CBOs / Interns
- FilAm Arts / Melissa Bautista (San Francisco State University)
- LEAP / Emmanuel Chan (Colorado College)
- East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center (ESGVJCC) / Chelsey Kitazawa (Pitzer College)
- API Equality – Los Angeles / Kat Kouot (USC)
- EPIC / Ethan Nguyen (UCLA)
- Vietnamese Community of Orange County (VCNOC) / Kelly Nguyen (UC San Diego)
- Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) / Maria Vallarta (UC Berkeley)
- South Asian Network / Sasha Wijeyeratne (Swarthmore College)
2010 LIA CBOs / Interns
- TCSC / Rhommel Canare (UCLA)
- Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) / Monique Chhoeun (Cal State, Long Beach)
- LEAP / Lina Chung (UCLA)
- SIPA / Lance Kanamori (Cerritos College)
- Screen Actors Guild (SAG) / Katherine Lebioda (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
- API Equality – Los Angeles / Albert Lee (UCLA)
- EPIC / Amaris Leiataua (UC Berkeley)
- Korean Resource Center (KRC) / Kelley Lowe (USC)
Community Impact Projects
2014 Group Project
The 2014 LIA group project consisted of two related components.
1. A webisode series.
The prompt for the webisodes was: "Create a video for your younger self. What do you know now that you wish you knew then?" These videos will be released early in 2015.
2. A workshop for high school students.
In partnership with Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, the LIA interns delivered a workshop to 15 high school youth where they shared information about applying for college, what to expect when at college, and how to look for scholarships and financial aid. The interns also shared a trailer for their webisode series, which touched upon topics that would resonate with the students.
Below is the trailer for their webisode series:
To date, the LIA program has graduated 139 interns, representing 55 colleges and universities from across the country. The interns have served in 43 community-based organizations in the Southern California area.
2013 Group Project
The 2013 Group Project was a photo exhibition documenting the stories of different members in the API community. Each photograph featured a direct quote about each individual’s immigration story. The exhibit was seen by over 150 people. Audience members were encouraged to post their own immigration stories onto the exhibit. These photographs were show in Thai Town and LIttle Tokyo, Los Angeles.
2012 Group Project
For their group project, the 2012 Leadership In Action Interns created the following short film entitled Three Letters.Three Letters is a short film which was created to empower the Asian and Pacific Islander community by addressing API self-identity. This short film aims to inspire API people to care about/ become more involved in their communities, come together to fight for social justice, and combat invisibility and marginalization in American mainstream society and discourse.
2011 Group Project
Model My voice
Vision: Providing a collective space for our API communities to express our identities and explore OURstories in order to raise awareness about issues affecting our communities from the past, through the present and to the future.
2010 Group Project
Locating APA Today
Shifting borders. People in motion. Everyday experiences. What do these mean? How are they remembered? Locating Asian Pacific America Today is a Web 2.0 project created by and for Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) to preserve and share our experiences and histories.
In Summer 2010, the LEAP Leadership in Action internship program expanded upon an existing APA oral history collection (www.leap.org/internship) to create an ongoing repository of stories and histories as captured through art. Members of the APA community were invited to submit artwork in response to a single prompt: “What does your API identity mean to you?”
2009 LIA Group Project:
Locating Ourselves in History (LOIH): An Asian American Oral History Project / http://www.locateyourself.net
The LOIH project is a unique online platform that allows Asian Pacific Islander Americans to share their personal stories and place them within a larger framework of Asian Pacific Islander American history.