LAT and LEAF Advocacy Trainings
Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT)
SEARAC's Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT) program is intended for emerging leaders and members of Southeast Asian American communities who want to learn more about policy and advocacy. LAT trains participants to become advocacy leaders in their communities, and is best suited for community members hoping to learn more about education, health, and immigration policy, effective communication and framing, and creating policy change. The training focuses on developing leadership via advocacy and culminates in a day of advocacy visits with decision makers, enabling participants to apply advocacy skills they have learned from the previous days.
In the past, LAT participants have included staff of community-based organizations, individual leaders, and students from high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs. One participant shared, "Everyone was exceptional. The attendees and the staff were what really helped everyone bond, feel safe, and inclusive. We immediately became a family, and I think that allowed everyone the confidence to share our intimate and personal stories, as well as be open-minded to challenging ourselves and receiving feedback, too."
The 2017 LAT will be held June 26-28, 2017, and will focus primarily on immigration and deportation policy. Applications are due March 10, 2017.
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.
The next SEARAC LEAF training will be held in 2018.
2015 LEAF participants