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Programs for Asian Pacific Islander Americans

 
Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health
Program name: Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health
Population served: Asian and Pacific Islanders
Eligibility: High School Students
Region served: United States
Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American Cancer Society; and private donors
Program started: 2002
Number of clients: 100-130
Contact: Aarti Rao
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305-5655
Phone: 650-724-2923
Fax: 650-723-0006
Email: akrao@stanford.edu
Website: www.liver.stanford.edu
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Description:
The Asian Liver Center hosts a Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health on an annual basis at Stanford University. The goals of the conference are to educate high school students about hepatitis B, to teach them about running outreach events, and to inspire them to lead the effort while giving them the tools to accomplish community-based efforts. This is accomplished through interactive planning workshops, an outreach simulation, and a group project to formulate and plan an outreach project targeted to a specific community. To ensure that the students enjoy themselves while learning, we also host several socials, including a dance and talent show.

We have been very successful in receiving highly motivated applicants and having well-behaved, eager participants. We also have a pool of qualified, engaging speakers who are willing to come annually. Over the past five conferences there has been a steady increase in hepatitis B knowledge. We have also seen an increase in applicants for our Jade Ribbon Youth Council, a group of high school students who plan outreach projects in the Bay Area. We have also given away multiple Jade Ribbon Scholarships to past Youth Leadership Conference participants who have implemented outreach programs in their own communities.

According to the students, two things we could do to improve on are scheduling are: 1) more time to sleep and 2)more time to socialize with each other. We will be making the necessary modifications to next year's conference.

Overall, we are quite pleased with the success of the conference in educating our participants and in their success in conducting outreach when they return home.

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