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Application Deadline: 2020 Forward Leadership Program

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:59pm

API Forward’s mission is to develop, through education, civically-engaged, socially-responsible Asian American and Pacific Island leaders and professionals. API Forward Foundation’s Forward Leadership Program for undergraduate college students aims to inspire, motivate and empower undergraduate college students to develop their leadership potential.

Through three and half months of mentorship, collaboration and leadership training, API Forward hopes to instill confidence, integrity, knowledge, experience, connection and greater understanding of the importance of equity practice. The program seeks to inspire participants to lead change for Asians, Pacific Islanders and others.

Benefits of this program:

  • Opportunity to engage in diversity, inclusion and equity work in the Oregon and Washington
  • Opportunity to participate in leadership training
  • Opportunity to build relationship with local government, private industries, and/or communities that are not offered in regular classes
  • Opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge
  • Award stipend ($500-$1,500 per applicant) toward educational cost

This program comprises five components:

  • Leadership training
  • Pairing with mentors
  • Research and field work
  • Project presentation
  • “Pay it forward” volunteer work with a nonprofit organization

Participants of the API Forward Foundation’s Forward Leadership Program must participate in all five components.

Learning outcomes:

  • Navigating power relationships and dynamics
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Leading across cultures
  • Planning and delivering effective presentations
  • Identifying and mitigating unconscious bias
  • Fostering an inclusive climate at work or school
  • Becoming a strong and compassionate leader
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Time management skills

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