LAT and LEAF Advocacy Trainings

Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT)

SEARAC's Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT) program is a three-day training based in Washington, DC, intended for emerging advocates from Southeast Asian American and ally communities to learn how to advocate effectively for policy change. LAT trains participants to become advocacy leaders in their communities. LAT is best suited for community members and allies who want to deepen their knowledge about education, health, or immigration policy, practice effective communication and framing skills, and create policy change to serve their communities. The training culminates in a day of advocacy visits with Congressional representatives and/or their staff, immediately enabling participants to apply the advocacy skills they have learned during the training.

The 2018 LAT will be held June 20-22, 2018, in Washington, DC. 

Applications are due February 28, 2018.

Learn more and apply. 

LAT 2011 participants with Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17)

Leadership, Empowerment, and Advocacy Fellowship (LEAF)

Over time, there has been growing demand from LAT alumni and advocates who seek a higher level of engagement in advocacy and leadership development. The Leadership Education and Advocacy Fellowship (LEAF) training builds on our LAT program and aims to bring experienced advocates to the next level. It is also aimed at LAT alumni who have taken on more advanced advocacy roles within their communities over time. 
LEAF is intended for advocates who have some background knowledge and advocacy experience in education, health, or immigration policy. Participants can expect to engage in more in-depth conversations on these and related social justice issues facing Southeast Asian American (SEAA) communities.
This past year, LEAF participants took part in workshops focused on developing story banks for their organizations, individualized two-minute pitches, and other communication tools. Participants can expect a similar training this year. Participants from the most recent training included executive directors, LAT alumni, as well as individual advocates not affiliated with any organization. "LEAF was a fantastic experience. It was great seeing that passion that exists across the country for the Southeast Asian community. It was also powerful to hear the stories that motivate the advocacy work of these leaders," said one LEAF participant.
More information on the 2018 LEAF program coming soon!
2015 LEAF participants