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OCA Annual Convention will highlight youth and college leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2007

Contact: 
Hope Chu, Communications Manager 
hchu@ocanational.org | 202 223 5500

Linda Ng, OCA-Sacramento Chapter 
916 996 3770

Ken Avelino, OCA-Sacramento Chapter 
916 941 6100 | 916 941 0892

Filmmaker Justin Lin to speak at national event in Sacramento, CA, June 28 – July 1, 2007

Sacramento, CA – OCA, a national Asian Pacific American organization with 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of APAs, announced the schedule for the youth and college leadership days at the 29th Annual OCA Convention. OCA also announced that filmmaker Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, Annapolis, Fast and Furious 3: Tokyo Drift), will be speaking to youth and college participants at the convention on Thursday, June 28.

"Our college and youth leaders truly embody this year’s convention theme, Light the Torch for the Next Generation,” said Ginny Gong, OCA National President, "OCA is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of leaders in the Asian Pacific American community. The youth and college days at the convention are a crucial part of our leadership development program, which includes year-round internships, scholarships and college trainings."

Youth and college events at this year’s convention include:
  • College Leadership Summit. This day-long training provides students with the tools to strategize on campus politics and organizing events and campaigns. During the summit, students will learn to elevate their activism, set goals and formulate action plans, and build lasting working relationships. Space is limited to 75 college students. The summit will be held on Thursday, June 28, from 9 am – 5 pm. Sponsored by Aerojet.

  • College Day. A full day of workshops and discussion groups focused on issues affecting college students, with an opportunity to visit the career fair and exhibit area. Space is limited to 100 college students. College Day will be held on Friday, June 29, from 9 am – 5 pm. Sponsored by Sodexho.

  • Youth Leadership Training. A chance for high school students to discuss issues and concerns. The training will provide students with tools to become better leaders in high school, college and beyond and to build lasting working relationships. Space is limited to 75 students. The training will be held on Thursday, June 28, from 9 am – 5 pm.

  • Youth Day. Focuses on issues affecting high school students such as accessing scholarship resources, APA media representation, how to develop oral histories, and exploring alternative careers. Students will have an opportunity to visit the job fair and exhibition area. Space is limited to the first 100 high school students who register. Youth Day will be held on Friday, June 29, from 9 am – 5 pm. Sponsored by McDonalds.
Lunch is provided for all participants on both days. Airfare, hotel, and other convention expenses must be covered by the student.

This annual event draws thousands of Asian Pacific Americans from around the country and is one of the largest gatherings of APAs in the US. This year the convention features three days of workshops; exhibits and job fair; youth and college programs; community health fair; senior day; cultural events; and many notable speakers and guests, including celebrity chef Martin Yan. Convention activities also include a tour of Locke, the only town built by Chinese Americans for Chinese Americans; and dinner at the California State Railroad Museum.

Register online at www.ocanational.org .


Workshops, exhibits, job fair, college/youth and senior days, and community health fair are free and open to the public. Tickets for all meals, Locke tour, Railroad Museum tour and dinner, and Homeland musical performance are available for purchase online at www.ocanational.org or at www.ocasacramento.org. Special hotel rates end Thursday, 14 June 2007. The conference will take place at the Sacramento Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Hotel.

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Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA, a national organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates across the country, is dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.
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