2018 APPEAL Young Advocates for Change Leadership Summit

APPEAL is hosting its first youth policy and leadership summit

Target: Young adults 18-24 years old interested in engaging in the Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities

Location: Long Beach, California (venue TBD)

Date: September 28-September 30, 2018

Summit includes: interactive workshops, discussions, and guest speakers that are focused on the individual, the region, the affinity group, and on the national network as innovators and advocates.

Registration: $300 undergraduates and $500 graduates. Breakfast and lunch will be included.

Note there will be limited number of scholarships available

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The 2018 APPEAL Leadership Summit is a 3-day event focused on building a vibrant movement on tobacco control and healthy eating and active living (HEAL) along with other health justice issues in Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities. This unique summit will convene of young adults ages 18-24 from throughout the U.S. to participate in an innovative and experiential learning environment for critical dialogue on health and justice issues facing these priority populations. Using the well-established APPEAL leadership model, participants will gain the knowledge, skills and tools needed to implement policy change to address health disparities from beginning to end. We would like each participant to come into the training with an idea of a 3-6 month project they would like to develop during the three days with possible mentorship of a professor or organization. It is our hope that after completion of the training, the participants will feel comfortable to be able to implement their project within their community. Upon completion of the training, each participant will receive a certificate of completion.

Core Competencies of APPEAL’s Leadership Model:

  • Advocacy
  • Communication
  • Facilitation
  • Cultural Competency
  • Health Equity 

What is APPEAL:

Founded in 1994, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) is a well-established national network working towards social justice and tobacco-free Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities by providing key technical assistance and resources on health justice. Its mission is supporting and mobilizing community-led movements through advocacy and leadership development on critical public health issues. Appeal has trained more than 1,200 community leaders from five different priority populations that has resulted in successful policy changes across the US and Pacific Islands. It has also launched major advocacy campaigns to counter the targeting for AA and NHPI communities by the tobacco industry and facilitates cross cultural collaboration across the priority population groups.

Why attend?

Leadership development can provide a solid foundation for training leaders and be a catalyst for mobilizing key advocates and priority population communities toward the implementation and sustainment of social norm or policy changes. This summit will emphasize the importance of developing leaders with cultural and community competence and advocacy skills in a dynamic, diverse experiential-based experience. Increasing one’s capacity to do advocacy leads to an increased involvement in implementing social norm change activities. By focusing on developing community leaders who are knowledgeable of community history and values it can create enhanced networks which mean that a greater cross-section of people will be engaged in health disparities that impact priority population communities.

Personal Benefits:

  • Feel more comfortable while participating in advocacy for a cause you feel passionate about from beginning to end
  • Develop a greater cross-cultural competence so your feel comfortable working with diverse communities towards change on your critical public health issues.
  • Meet other young advocates and develop new relationships
  • Explore how you can make an impact on your community, become involved in your community’s networks, and connect to community resources
  • Leadership certificate of completion
  • The ability to lead or participate in your own 3-6 month project

Benefits to your Institution or Organization:

  • Unique training opportunity for your students/staff to develop and improve policy and leadership skills
  • Trained individuals ready to contribute to organizational and community programs and policies
  • Increased number of young advocates ready for participation in policies and system changes that are important to them beginning to end
  • Expanded network of young experts engaged in critical dialogue on health justice issues facing their priority populations
  • Students/staff have a greater understanding of policy and be more familiar about many social issues facing priority populations.