Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute 2014-2015

The Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (API-CLI) was founded in 2011 with the vision of building the leadership capacity of community leaders and of building collaborative alliances and partnerships among Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities to address racial and ethnic disparities. The Institute is a partnership project between the IRCO/Asian Family Center and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and is one of six culturally-specific leadership programs funded by the Meyer Memorial Trust through the Coalition of Communities of Color.

These leadership programs are a response to the pervasive racial and ethnic inequities faced by communities of color here in Oregon. Within the context of culture, the six leadership programs empower and make visible communities of color, immigrants and refugees, expands the pathways for social inclusion, increases civic engagement and networking in communities of color, and builds culturally-specific social capital.

    Mentor Application

    We are seeking volunteers to serve as Mentors for our Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute - a 6 month intensive leadership development and advocacy program organized by APANO and IRCO. Mentors will support API-CLI participants in developing their leadership skills and aiding the program's efforts to create and strengthen a community of practice among API leaders through a relationship with one API-CLI participants. Purpose of APICLI Mentoring: Establish a safe and confidential space for personal growth and focusing of leadership interests Build racial justice analysis Contextualize participant training Strengthen a culture of action/reflection Increase access to network of API leaders, particularly in context of action project Mentors are expected to meet one-on-one at least 3 times over a 6 month period. In conjunction with the Cohort Fellow retreats and the Community Action Projects, mentors round out the creation of a safe and supportive space for the API-CLI Fellows to gain leadership skills and increase their civic engagement and advocacy in Oregon. Application Deadline and Submission • Applications must be received by Friday, September 5, 2014 • The program year begins September 2014 and ends April 2015 Selection Criteria • Experience in speaking out and/or building an API advocacy voice • Experience in addressing racial and ethnic inequities • Hold accountable relationships with an API community • Value alliance building with/among other API communities and communities of color Program Requirements • Mentors who are matched with a Fellow are asked to attend an orientation session with APANO Staff - dates & details to come. There will be a webinar option for folks. • Mentors will be matched with applicants based on their leadership developments skill set and applicants' expressed desires for improvement. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are selected, we will make every effort to match you with a participant. At the same time, please be advised that there may not be a match this year. For more information please contact Karn Saetang, APANO Community Organizer at: * email: * work: 971-340-4861