Our Programs

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The programs at OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates have one goal: to progress toward our mission of advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). To this end, our programs include advocacy trainings for high school and college students, professional development programs including a formal mentoring program and the AAPI Womxn’s Initiative, our internship program, and the Gold Mountain Scholarship.


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APA Y-ADVOCATE

APA Y-Advocate is a half-day interactive training for Asian Pacific American high school youth to cultivate the next generation of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders. Attendees will engage in activities that will help them develop leadership skills, discuss the importance of advocacy, and investigate concepts surrounding AAPI identity.

APA U: LEADERSHIP

APIA U is an interactive college leadership training program that assembles students from each region of the United States and focuses on self-awareness, team-building, and direct action organizing. Participants will be asked to challenge themselves, share their experiences, and develop leadership tools in order to effectively serve as catalysts for change.  

Knowing that cultural influences impact how one leads, our mission is to provide Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) student leaders and activists with a unique training opportunity that keeps in mind the viewpoints and experiences of AAPIs and students of color.

JACL/OCA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

The JACL (Japanese American Citizenship League)/OCA Leadership Summit is an annual intensive civil rights and advocacy seminar is designed to train 15 OCA and 15 JACL members in foundational and advanced advocacy strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from members of Congress, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Administration officials, government agencies, as well as partner organizations in the Washington, DC social justice community.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MENTORING ASIAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS (MAAP)

The MAAP program aims to cultivate the next generation of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) professional leaders through mentoring, skills building, and networking. The program pairs young professionals and college students with experienced mentors. The program provides the foundation for an effective and valuable mentoring relationship, as well as guided group mentoring sessions designed to help participants achieve their highest professional and personal goals.

B3: BUILD, BREAKTHROUGH & BELIEVE

B3: Build, Breakthrough & Believe is a professional and leadership development program for aspiring Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) professionals interested in taking their personal and professional goals to the next level through leadership development and networking.
The goal of this program is to provide relevant professional development, peer networking and mentoring to aspiring AAPI professionals. Build, Breakthrough, Believe is the three-word mantra of the B3 program and are used as building blocks for the event agenda. The wide range of workshop and seminar topics range from personal branding to corporate success tactics and strategies.

AAPI WOMXN’S INITIATIVE

The AAPI Womxn's Initiative started as part of OCA’s effort to be more aware and inclusive of issues and challenges that AAPI womxn face. The Womxn’s Initiative Summits, half-day professional and leadership development summits specially designed for AAPI womxn, bring together aspiring leaders and experienced professionals. The Summits are designed to help AAPI womxn from various regions, sectors, and careers develop to their highest professional and personal potential. The Initiative also aims to develop a strong and uplifting network of AAPI womxn professionals across the nation.


OCA NATIONAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The OCA Internship Program is one of OCA's signature student leadership development programs. Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the OCA Internship Program seeks to cultivate future leadership for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community by providing opportunities to work in the public sector and learn about issues affecting AAPIs. Based in the nation's capital, interns will learn to build relationships, meet with legislative officials, and engage in leadership development workshops.


GOLD MOUNTAIN SCHOLARSHIP

Since 1999,  UPS has generously funded the OCA - UPS® Gold Mountain Scholarship. The title of this scholarship program calls back to a time when many Asian immigrants looked upon America as a mountain of golden opportunities for themselves and their families. Awardees of the scholarship seek dreams of higher education, which are not only the dreams of the students but also of their parents and extended family.

Since its initiation, the OCA - UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship has provided 164 scholarships to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school seniors who are the first in their family to attend an institution of higher education. Last year, 15 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 were awarded.