The Civic Leadership Program began in 2007 to provide leadership training for veteran and emerging leaders interested in effective, socially-conscious, bridge-building civic leadership. The goal is to build a civic network and develop a government & non-profit leadership pipeline for Asian Americans, Latino Americans, and under-represented groups in the Silicon Valley Bay Area. Recruitment begins early fall for the 12-week program beginning in January.
The College Interns Program is a summer paid-internship experience for college students to work with professors to help students learn about Asian American History, identity, family, community, and civic engagement. The interns serve as mentors and organizers of a six-week educational program for 45 college and high school students. Mentors provide support for intellectual, social, and emotional growth for students and lead small-group reading discussions, policy project, as well as build community, facilitate workshops, and organize activities.
Started in 1999, APALI's annual Youth Leadership Academy is a non-traditional De Anza College summer class for students to explore Asian American identity, experience, and community to earn 8 units of college credit. A team of professors and student mentors work collaboratively to organize engaging workshops, inspiring guest speakers, field trips, small-group projects to provide students an unforgettable, perspective changing, and personally empowering learning experience. In six weeks, students earn 8 UC/CSU transferable units in ICS 22 Asian American Communities (4 units) and ICS 27/POLI 17 Leadership and Power (4 units), while developing friendships and forming strong bonds which continue when they become program alumni.