Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) 2015 Leadership In Action Intern, Maikoau Vang, was placed at the Koreatown Youth and Community Center. She worked with their summer youth program. She helped to create curriculum for middle school students and aided elementary school students with their theater production. She is rising senior in the fall at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Below she tells LEAP why she is interested in attending a summer leadership internship program in Los Angeles.
Having the opportunity to be in California and participating in the Leadership in Action Program is a huge step in my college career. This is a challenge where I know I will learn many new skills and grow from the experience. As a Human Development and Family Studies major, this program offers hands-on learning for me by giving me an opportunity to work daily with nonprofit professionals who work with families.
In addition, one of my future career goals is to make an impact and give back to the community, specifically the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. This opportunity allows me to network and create national connections in the API community that will serve as a solid foundation for when I graduate. Being in California will definitely be a new environment; one that I am not usually used to. I am extremely excited to see what this opportunity will foster for me and what lasting impacts I will be able to make in the API community in Los Angeles.
Coming to Los Angeles will also open doors for me by allowing me to work with professionals with a diverse set of career and leadership experiences. My hope is to be able to bring the skills and resources from Southern California, to my community in Wisconsin, where the API community is growing quickly. I also have family in Fresno, California who I hope to be able to visit and reconnect with. Through the Leadership In Action program, I will get both the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills as well as maintain family and personal relationships.
Lastly, as a person who enjoys traveling, this opportunity is one that I cannot turn down. Exploring new cities that I have never been to will open my eyes to the diversity of the world and keep me open minded about my surroundings. I believe that this opportunity in Southern California will make me a stronger leader and an asset to my local communities in Wisconsin.
Thanks to Southwest Airlines, Maikoau had the opportunity to fly to Los Angeles and meet eight other interns from around the country, all of whom are placed in nonprofit organizations that serve Asian and Pacific Islanders around Southern California. LEAP's Leadership In Action program began on June 15, 2015.
About Leadership In Action
Leadership in Action (LIA) is LEAP’s 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. For more information, visit: www.leap.org/empower_lia.