To learn more about our past interns' experience, visit their summer blogs. You can also find more information on their community impact projects below.
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2015 LIA Alumni / Community Based Organizations (CBO) Placement
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
- Ronia Auelua (University of Hawaii) / Empowering Pacific Islander Communities / teineoceania.tumblr.com
- Trisha Hongcharti (University of Virginia) / Teach For America - Asian American and Pacific Islander Initiative / tfatrishaforasians.tumblr.com
Andrew Hua (University of California, San Diego) / API Equality – Los Angeles / leapandrewdathua.tumblr.com
- Avalon Igawa (University of Southern California) / ESGVJCC / whatshapanin.tumblr.com
Nathan Lee (Loyola Marymount University) / Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance / nathanclee808.tumblr.com
Johnson Nguyen (University of Washington) / Japanese American Citizens League / jbnguyen206.tumblr.com
- Jimmy Tang (American University) / Asian Youth Center / tang-jimmy.tumblr.com
Maikoau Vang (University of Wisconsin - Madison) / Koreatown Youth and Community Center / mkvangg.tumblr.com
- Carl "Gio" Viray (California State University, Northridge) / LEAP / carlangeloviray.tumblr.com
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2014 LIA Alumni / CBO Placement
Left to Right (top): Maggie Quan, Kenny Ung, Tonga Fakalata, Steve Marsiglia, Paul Nguyen
Left to Right (bottom): Anna Courchaine, Julie Mac (front center), Shaomay Vong, Mayta Lor, Chan Naing
- Anna Courchaine (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) / KYCC / leapinglianna.tumblr.com
- Tonga Fakalata (University of Redlands) / Asian Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance / thefinedime.tumblr.com
Mayta Lor (University of Wisconsin, Madison) / LEAP
- Julie Mac (California State University, Northridge) / ESGVJCC / jmacxleap.tumblr.com
- Steven Marsiglia(University of California at Berkeley) / APA Dispute Resolution Center / smarstakeslosangeles.tumblr.com
Chan Naing (University of Florida) / Thai Community Development Center
Paul Nguyen (University of California, Irvine) / Little Tokyo Service Center
Maggie Quan (University of California, San Diego) / Keiro Senior HealthCare
- Kenny Ung (Boise State University) / Asian Business Association / leapkennyung.tumblr.com
- Shaomay Vong (University of California, Irvine) / API Equality – Los Angeles / shaomayequality.tumblr.com
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2013 LIA Alumni / CBO Placement
Left to Right: Thanh Nguyen, Art Li, Linh Chuong, Keshav Tyagi, Deborah Hwang, Diana Pereda, and Kim Navoa
- Linh Chuong (Hendrix College, Arkansas) / Kizuna / kizunaandi.tumblr.com
- Deborah Hwang (University of Wisconsin, Madison) / APIOPA /debapiopa.tumblr.com
- Art Li (Pomona College) / LEAP / leapinart.tumblr.com
- Kim Navoa (University of Illinois, Chicago) / Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center / kimleaps.tumblr.com
- Thanh Nguyen (Ohio State University) / FilAm Arts / leapfilamartstvn.tumblr.com
- Diana Pereda (University of Southern California) / Thai CDC / leadershipinaction2013.tumblr.com
- Keshav Tyagi (University of Southern California) / API Equality – LA / welcometotherealworldwellsortof.tumblr.com
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2012 LIA Alumni / CBO Placement
- Tevita Folau (UCLA) / Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) / oldpassionsnewoutlets.tumblr.com/
- Monique Matautia (Cal State, Long Beach) / Tongan Community Service Center / thatmatautiablood.tumblr.com/
- Veronica Thao (University of Wisconsin, Madison) / APIOPA / veroyourhero.tumblr.com/
- Kyle Tsukahira (Cal State, Los Angeles) / Visual Communications (VC) / theleapinitiative.tumblr.com/
- Yuhe Faye Wang (Pomona College) / LEAP / losangelesimfloored.tumblr.com/
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2011 LIA Alumni / CBO Placement
- Melissa Bautista (San Francisco State University) / FilAm Arts / connectinthedots.tumblr.com/
- Emmanuel Chan (Colorado College) / LEAP / thetimetoleap.tumblr.com/
- Chelsey Kitazawa (Pitzer College) / ESGVJCC / cia-chelseyinaction.tumblr.com/
- Kat Kouot (USC) / API Equality – Los Angeles / katsleapintoactivism.tumblr.com/
- Ethan Nguyen (UCLA) /EPIC / ethanisepic.tumblr.com/
- Kelly Nguyen (UC San Diego) / Vietnamese Community of Orange County (VCNOC) / leapintogrowth.tumblr.com/
- Maria Vallarta (UC Berkeley) / Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) / mariamiscellany.tumblr.com/
- Sasha Wijeyeratne (Swarthmore College) / South Asian Network / leapbeforeulook.tumblr.com/
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2010 LIA Alumni / CBO Placement
- Rhommel Canare (UCLA) / TCSC / aznfalconeyes.blogspot.com/
- Monique Chhoeun (Cal State, Long Beach) / Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
- Lina Chung (UCLA) / LEAP
- Lance Kanamori (Cerritos College) / SIPA / imasleepypanda.blogspot.com/
- Katherine Lebioda (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) / Screen Actors Guild (SAG) / radianteagle.blogspot.com/
- Albert Lee (UCLA) / API Equality – Los Angeles / authenticcow.blogspot.com/
- Amaris Leiataua (UC Berkeley) / EPIC
- Kelley Lowe (USC) / Korean Resource Center (KRC)
Community Impact Projects
2015 Group Project
The 2015 LIA group project consisted of two related parts.
1. An API timeline workshop toolkit.
The LIA interns created an interactive API Timeline Toolkit to provide future leaders and community members to use as a resource to educate, create cross-cultural bonds, and honor API history and heritage. To view their API Timeline toolkit, visit: bit.ly/API_timeline.
2. A workshop on API history.
In partnership with the Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment (SCAPE) at the University of Southern California, the LIA interns were able to deliver a workshop to 25 college students as part of a test run and receive feedback for improvement. The workshop allowed participants to share personal API history through the interactive API history timeline.
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:
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
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 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.
2005 Group Project
The Handoff Book: A Strategy Guide for API Leaders
As the Director of Development at Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of student leaders through Leadership In Action (LIA). 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 based organization in Southern California. Because of Southwest Airlines’ support of the program, LEAP has been able to provide travel for the out of state participants. In addition, LEAP also invites these participants to bring a guest to their program’s graduation.Read more
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 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
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.Read more
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) 2015 Leadership In Action Intern, Avalon Igawa, was placed at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center. She is a rising junior in the fall, attending the University of Southern California. Below she shares with LEAP who she would appreciate having attend her LIA graduation.
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) Leadership In Action Intern, Kenny Ung, was placed at the Asian Business Association. He worked on numerous projects, events, and assessments at the organization. He is currently an MBA student at Boise State University and a graduate of Azusa Pacific University. Below he tells LEAP who he would like to have present at his Leadership In Action graduation and why.Read more
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) Leadership In Action Intern, Chan Naing, was placed at the Thai Community Development Center (ThaiCDC). She worked closely with their Executive Director, Chanchanit (Chancee) Martorell, on the organization’s annual fundraiser, 20th Anniversary Gala. She is a senior at the University of Florida, majoring in Anthropology. At the Leadership In Action Graduation, Chan spoke candidly about her life changing experience at ThaiCDC and began tearing when she realized she could not attend the event she had worked hard to help plan. However, upon receiving the below email from Chancee, LEAP and Southwest Airlines offered Chan an opportunity to come back to Los Angeles for the event.Read more
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) Leadership In Action Intern, Mayta Lor, was placed at LEAP. She worked on numerous projects, events, and assessments at the organization. She is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a double major in Southeast Asian Studies and History. Below she tells LEAP who she would like to have present at her Leadership In Action graduation and why.Read more