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2016 OCA National Convention Youth Track
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2016 OCA National Convention
Youth Track

Westin Jersey City Newport | Jersey City, New Jersey 
July 21 & 22, 2016 

The OCA National Convention Youth Track is a two-day track that is for middle school to high school aged students to learn about advocacy, leadership, and identity. This year, we welcome students from across the region for a hands-on training with experienced national professional facilitators.

The Youth Track sessions on Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd are free to attend and include breakfast and a boxed lunch.

RSVP's strongly encouraged.

For questions, please email Jonathan Ho at 

Schedule of Events:
Thursday, July 21 | APA Y-Advocate
America I & II

8:00 - 9:00 AM | Joint College & Youth Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 AM | Welcome
Join us as we welcome students from across the region. Here, we will introduce the day's events and activities as well as get everyone energized for a great day!
9:30 - 11:00 AM | Joint Youth & College Session
11:00 - 12:00 PM | AAPI Timeline Activity Part I
Learn more about the history of the AAPI experience through the means of a physical timeline. With such a rich history, engage with your feers on how war, law & policy, immigration, protests, and anti-Asian violence have shaped the community's experience. 
12:00 - 1:00 PM | Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 PM | Energizer: Groups of *Blank*

With AAPIs becoming more and more prominent across the country, we are beginning to take on non-traditional roles in society. Learn how AAPIs are portrayed in history, media, and what you can do to help dispel the stereotypes that hurt our community. 


1:30 - 2:15 PM | AAPI Timeline Activity Part II
2:15 - 2:30 PM | Break
2:30 - 3:30 PM | Story Swap
AAPIs are often bullied at higher rates than their peers. Work together to encourage others to support anti-bullying efforts in your community by being equipped to handle sticky situations. 
3:30 - 4:30 PM | Raining Rocks
It's raining rocks! Team up together to come up with a solution that will save the city while showing leadership skills to address the issue. 
4:30 - 5:00 PM | Close Out & Debrief
 Friday, July 22 | Youth Day
America I & II
8:00 - 9:00 AM | Registration & Joint Youth and College Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 AM | Plenary Session
10:45 - 11:45 AM | Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
As human beings, part of our inherent nature is to ensure that we are safe and secure. Stepping out of our comfort zone can be intimidating for anyone, but what is the value in pushing yourself to take that first step? In this workshop, students will participate in activities that will lead them to confidently step out of their own self-created boundaries. The goal of this workshop is to help students learn to embrace challenges and conquer their fear of the unknown.
12:00 - 1:30 PM | Youth Recognition Luncheon
1:45 - 2:45 PM | Maximizing Your Time in High School
High school is one of the most important times in your life. How you utilize your time there will determine what you want to do with your life, where you go, and the type of schools you apply to. High school provides many opportunities to begin deepening your involvement in extracurricular activities, developing your network, and leadership skills. This workshop will provide students with the tools to make the most of their time there. 
2:45 - 3:45 PM | High School to College Transition 101
Transitioning to college can be a little daunting, especially if you are the first in your family to attend. Whatever background you come from you may face different challenges when transitioning to college. Whether it’s finding the money to pay for it, choosing the right college or major, you have a lot to consider. This workshop will provide you the knowledge and resources to help ensure your transition it as smooth as possible. 
3:45 - 4:45 PM | College Success: What to Do When You Get There
Going to college can the four best years of your life. But where do you even begin? College provides you so many opportunities to try new things, make friends, and become a more independent individual. This workshop will help students gain a better understanding of what to expect, and how to set yourself up for success within your first year. 



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