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State Farm® Awards Grant to OCA for Leadership Development Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
26 January 2012

CONTACT
Victoria J. Rumsey | Director of Development
202 223 5500 | vrumsey@ocanational.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is pleased to announce they received a  $157,500 grant from State Farm. The grant will be utilized in 2012 to support OCA’s APA Youth Leadership Summit, APIA U: Leadership 101 Training, and the upcoming JACL/OCA Leadership Summit.

"OCA is honored to have this relationship with State Farm and we’re grateful for their continued support of our leadership programs,” said OCA National President Ken Lee. "Because of State Farm, we have been able to provide future leaders with the tools they need for success.

”As part of its mission, OCA continues to develop programs that foster the future generation of APAs. The APA Youth Leadership Summit is a newly designed program that will bring high school students for a one-day training hosted by local chapters. The training is designed to encourage civic engagement and raise awareness of Teen Driver Safety, financial literacy, and career planning through facilitator-led workshops.

OCA also hosts APIA U: Leadership 101 Training in college campuses nationwide to prepare leaders of the upcoming generations. APIA U: Leadership 101 is a day-long training that helps students understand their identities, develop their leadership and become community advocates. The training provides an opportunity for APA student leaders to partake in discussions, hands-on exercises and presentations. Led by two facilitators, the training helps students gain skills in organizing and team building, while making connections with their peers along the way.Last year, the leadership training program served approximately 400 students during the academic school year across the nation at 11 colleges and universities.

This year’s training’s will take place at the following college and universities:        ·         
  • University of Michigan –  Feb. 18
  • Hendrix College – Feb. 25
  • Columbia University – March 3
  • University of Minnesota – March 17
  • University of Arizona – March 24
  • American University – March 31
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – April 21
  • University of California, Irvine – May 19 
"State Farm is pleased to continue to partner with OCA in these leadership programs. Our commitment to education excellence for all students is a top priority as we help build safer, stronger, better-educated communities,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, Corporate Public Affairs at State Farm.

in partnership with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the JACL/OCA Leadership Summit continues to enable leaders from chapters across the country to attend a three-day intensive training in the nation’s capital. During the training, participants from both organizations will enhance their leadership and coalition building skills by becoming familiar with the political process and meeting with APA leaders in Congress, the White House, and partners from the social justice community. This year’s summit will be held from Saturday, March 10 to Tuesday, March 13. Those eligible to apply and are interested in attending can register by visiting www.ocanational.org. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 31.

About State Farm®: 
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.
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