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2016 OCA National Convention
Civic Engagement Track
Forging Ahead: Legacy, Advocacy, Actisim
Westin Jersey City Newport| Jersey City, New Jersey

July 21 - 24, 2016



Facilitators - Christine Chen and Eric Salcedo, APIAVote


As the 2016 Election quickly approaches, the Civic Engagement Track (CET) is full two day training on how to increase chapter member and community advocate capacity to amplify the Asian and Pacific Islander voice in elections. In collaboration with APIAVote, participants will have the opportunity to learn best practices and engage with some of the most experienced trainers to maximize civic engagement, voter registration, and voter turnout.


Friday, July 22, 2016
9:00 - 9:10 AM | Welcome and Introductions
9:10 - 10:30 AM | Asian Americans as a Political Force: Campaign Overview and Best Practices
What does the Asian Pacific American Vote mean for this year’s election? We will explore how our community can make an impact on this year’s election. We will also discuss best practices that can utilized in your GOTV efforts. From city townhall discussions to the ballot box, the voices of the Asian Pacific Americans are becoming more and more important to elections and decision making. 
10:30 - 10:45 AM | BREAK
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM | Voter Registration 101: How to talk to Voters
Attendees will learn how to best engage potential voters to get civically engaged! We will discuss different scenarios and share best practices. 
12:00 - 1:30 PM | Youth Recognition Luncheon 
1:30 - 2:30 PM | Planning a Successful Drive
What does it really take to effectively motivate a first time voter or someone who traditionally voted only once every four years? You will be exposed to strategies for voter registration, voter education and get out the vote. 
2:30 - 3:00 PM | Dos and Don’ts for non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations
For months already, Presidential candidates have been attacking AAPI communities. While 501(c)(3) organizations may engage in nonpartisan, election-related activities and education and advocacy to promote their issues during the election season, they are strictly prohibited from supporting or opposing candidates for public office. So can Asian Pacific Americans and other 501(c)(3) non-profit groups comment on candidate's’ statements? How can nonprofits help challenge anti-immigrant and racist narratives in an election year while remaining non-partisan? 
3:00 - 3:15 PM | BREAK
3:15 - 3:45 PM | What to Expect while Phone Banking
Attendees will learn the ins and outs of Phone banking. We will discuss what you should expect when running a phone bank in your community. We will cover timelines, volunteer recruitment, and resource utilization. 
3:45 - 4:45 PM | Voter Mobilization and Election Protection
4:45 - 5:00 PM | Review of CET Day 2

Saturday, July 23, 2016
9:00 - 9:30 AM | Ice Breaker 
9:30 - 10:30 AM | Messaging 101: Get Out the Vote!
Don’t know how to get the word out? No fear! This workshop will discuss the best ways to create your messaging to reach your community! Attendees will work together to craft different messaging techniques and resources. 
10:30 - 10:45 AM | BREAK
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM | From Volunteer to Community Leader
How do you get volunteers to be excited about civic engagement? How can you expand your capacity to successfully implement a civic engagement campaign? Attendees will share and learn about best practices in volunteer recruitment. 
12:00 - 1:30 PM | Chapter of the Year Luncheon 
1:30 - 2:45 PM | Resources and Capacity: Haves, Needs, and Wants aka. Your Field Plan
What makes or breaks a successful civic engagement campaign? In this workshop, attendees will work together to discuss a collaborative civic engagement plan that can be implemented to their local chapter. 
2:45 - 3:00 PM | BREAK
3:00 - 3:30 PM | Phone Banking 101 and VAN 201
What tools are available to help chapters run a civic engagement campaign? In this workshop, attendees will be broken up into 2 different groups. We will introduce the Voter Activation Network (VAN) and learn about the ways that VAN can facilitate success in civic engagement campaigns. 
3:30 - 4:00 PM | Debrief and Evaluation  



If you have questions or concerns regarding this track, please contact Janet Namkung at or 202.223.5500 ext. 119


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