On July 9, 2015, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), White House Office of Public Engagement, and East Coast Asian American Student Union will host the fifth-annual White House AAPI Youth Forum to engage with young AAPI leaders. Participants will hear from Administration and community leaders on a wide range of issues, participate in issue-focused workshops, and have the opportunity to work with their peers to develop plans for addressing local issues.
During the Youth Forum, the Initiative will re-launch the E3! Ambassador Program to select a new class of E3! Ambassadors to serve from 2015-2016. This youth engagement program, which was launched during our 2014 Youth Forum, seeks to educate, engage, and empower young leaders to increase awareness and outreach around education, mental health, pathways to public service, and immigration on their campuses and in their communities. The E3! Ambassadors Program equips young leaders with the opportunity to work with the federal government to brainstorm and implement their own unique ideas to help improve the overall quality of life for AAPIs across the country.
During the 2014-2015 year, the inaugural class of 32 E3! Ambassadors came from nearly 30 different cities and hosted more than 55 events. E3! Ambassadors collaborated on their ideas with Administration leaders, Initiative staff, members of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs, and the Initiative’s Regional Network.
Stay tuned for the re-launch of the E3! Ambassadors Program application at the Youth Forum. We hope that you can join us on July 9 for this special event!
Bessie Chan is an Advisor at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.