Los Angeles, CA - LEAP, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to uncapping talent in the Asian and Pacific Islander community, is deeply disappointed with the announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The end of this program will mean that over 800,000 young and talented people (DREAMers), many who are friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors, will be pushed back into the shadows, forcing them to abandon their dreams and depriving us all of their full potential.Read more
LEAP kicked off its sixth Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), a selective 6 month, 3-part program supporting and developing mid- to senior-level Asian and Pacific Islander leaders in nonprofit organizations. Selecting 17 exceptional leaders from diverse non-profit organizations across 9 states, LEAP brought together the 2016-2017 cohort in Los Angeles this past November to expand and strengthen their individual leadership skills for Part 1: The Learning Component.
On August 5, 2016, LEAP completed its 19th Annual Leadership In Action (LIA) summer internship program. Leadership In Action 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. Selected interns are placed at their assigned community based organization for 4 days out of the week and 1 day at LEAP for leadership development. The graduation was held at the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), downtown Los Angeles. Intern supervisors, family, and friends attended the LIA graduation.Read more
On Sunday, Nicholas Kristof wrote an op-ed, “The Asian Advantage”, for the New York Times generalizing Asian Americans as the model minority and writing that “Asian-Americans are disproportionately stars in American schools, and even in American society as a whole.” He focuses on Asian American exceptionalism by citing aggregate statistics about the Asian American community, US Census data showing higher overall educational attainment and median household income for Asian Americans, and excerpts from The Asian American Achievement Paradox.Read more
On August 7, 2015, LEAP completed its 18th Annual Leadership In Action (LIA) summer internship program. Leadership In Action 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. Selected interns are placed at their assigned community based organization for 4 days out of the week and 1 day at LEAP for leadership development. The graduation was held at Search to Involve Pilipino Americans in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles, and attended by over 70 people which included intern supervisors, family, friends, and LEAP sponsors.Read more
In 2014, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) selected seventeen (17) emerging leaders from Asian and Pacific Islander serving nonprofits. These leaders were asked to commit time to developing their leadership skills and continue to build their capacity as nonprofit leaders. The participants ranged in age from 26 to 55, were of 9 different ethnic backgrounds, and live in 8 different cities. Many of these leaders work in small nonprofits with little to no support for personal professional development. With the support of America Express Foundation, General Motors Foundation, Ong Family Foundation and Southwest Airlines, LEAP was able to bring these diverse leaders together, many of them visiting New York and Los Angeles for the first time.Read more
LEAP just wrapped up Part 1 of the 2014-2015 Emerging Leaders Program for nonprofit staff this past Friday, December 12, 2014. The Emerging Leaders Program is a three part, six-month program designed to build nonprofit organizational capacity by developing Asian and Pacific Islander (API) staff for future and current leadership and management roles in nonprofit organizations as well as increasing the retention of APIs who are committed to working in the nonprofit sector.Read more