Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage (APIAROP) Youth Leadership Weekend
Summer 2021 Update
The Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage (APIAROP) youth leadership program hosted a virtual weekend webinar in 2021. The weekend focused on creating a sense of community and solidarity, and providing a welcoming space for Asian and Pacific Islander youth, peer mentors, and community leaders to freely engage in open discussions, and shared experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander identity, culture, family, and traditions. Participants were introduced to leadership tools, self-care strategies, and real-world skills within an A/PI-specific cultural framework. The weekend webinar conference was held this summer on June 26 to 27 via Zoom Video Conferencing.
The Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage (APIAROP) is a culturally appropriate program for self-identifying APIA students. The program provides experiential and culturally specific learning activities to assist Asian and Pacific Islander American middle school to high school students in achieving success.
The primary objectives are to promote, embrace, and sustain cultural awareness, understand Asian and Pacific Islander American issues, foster interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, and interweave a sense of agency and responsibility through active community engagement.
The Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage (APIAROP) goals are:
- to enrich the lives of students through exploration of their Asian and Pacific Islander identity, heritage, language, history, arts, traditions, and indigenous ways.
- to discuss and examine basic concepts and ideas of Asian and Pacific Islander modern and traditional leadership roles and styles and provide a space to apply learned skills for advocacy, accountability, and empowerment.
- Provide a bridge for students and pre-college academic and community resources for higher education and career options.
- Assist participants in creating sustainable communities within their social, academic and professional circles.