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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Summer youth program focuses on community issues, social justice

The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) is launching a  summer program for high school students aimed at educating youths about community issues and developing progressive leaders among the Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

Participants in the first-ever Summer Youth Empowerment Program – about 10-15 youths – will meet three days a week from July 5 to Aug. 11 at the NAKASEC office in Annandale. The program will include discussions and activities focused on social justice topics, such as immigration, identity, AAPI issues, gender, and civic participation.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the sessions will feature guest speakers, discussions, and workshops. Thursdays are designated for interactive activities including field trips to D.C. Throughout the five-week camp, students will organize a community advocacy project on a social issue of their choice. 

Although the program primarily focuses on issues affecting the AAPI community, students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are invited to apply. Applicants must be in or entering high school or a recent graduate. Preference will be given to youths with a low-income or immigrant background.

 “The Summer Youth Empowerment Program is unique in that it will focus on and provide opportunities for students to engage in social justice and AAPI topics not commonly explored or addressed in high schools,” said Sae Hee Chun, campaign coordinator at NAKASEC’s Annandale office. “We hope that through this program, students become empowered to become active agents of social change.”

The participant fee is $50. The application will be online through May 29.  For more information, contact Sae Hee Chun at  or 703-256-2208.

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