2022

Forward Leadership Program

Thank you for your interest in API Forward Foundation’s Forward Leadership Program for college students. The program 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, we hope to instill confidence, integrity, knowledge, experience, connection and greater understanding of the importance of equity practice. Our program seeks to inspire participants to lead change for Asians, Pacific Islanders and others.

Please submit your application by October 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PST.

Apply Today

Thank you for your interest in API Forward Foundation’s Forward Leadership Program for college students. The program 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, we hope to instill confidence, integrity, knowledge, experience, connection and greater understanding of the importance of equity practice. Our program seeks to inspire participants to lead change for Asians, Pacific Islanders and others.

Applications for Forward Leadership Program 2022 are now closed. Applications for 2023 are coming soon!

Program Overview

This program contains five components:

1. Leadership training
2. Pairing with mentors
3. Research and field work
4. Project presentation
5. “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

  • 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

Expectations

  1. Attend the half-day orientation or monthly leadership training (depending on status of the pandemic)
  2. Agree to participate in a mentorship program
  3. Dedicate time to research, planning and implementing the assigned project
  4. Be available for the final presentation in late April
  5. Attend the API Forward fundraising event in May
  6. Commit to a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer work at a local nonprofit organization

Ideal Candidate

  • Self identifies as an API community member
  • Willing and open to learn about diversity, inclusion and equity in API community
  • Strong desire to become a leader in the API community
  • Currently enrolled at least part time (with six credits or more) in a higher education institution in Oregon or southwest Washington
  • Be at least 18 years old by December 10, 2021

Benefits of this program

  • Opportunity to engage in diversity, inclusion and equity work in the Oregon and southwest Washington.
  • Opportunity to participate in hands-on leadership training.
  • Opportunity to build relationship with local government, private industries, and/or communities that are not offered in regular classes.
  • Receive scholarship award ($1,500-$2,500 per participant) toward educational cost.

Timeline

  • October 15, 2021 – Application Due
  • November 1 – 14, 2021 – Interviews
  • Late November 2021 – Final Applicants Notified
  • January – April 2022 – Leadership Program
  • Late April 2022 – Final Presentation
  • May Gala (Date TBD), 2022 – Award Ceremony

*Disclosure: Applicants must disclose any personal relationships with an active board member.

Apply Today

Please submit your application by October 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PST.

Applications for the 2022 Forward Leadership Program are now closed.