“How to Empower Youth to Become Future Leaders of Our Community”
Deadline for submission is MAY 31, 2011 – 11:59 PM

OCA-South Florida Chapter is delighted to support “Leader of the Future” Award Competition — a statewide essay-writing contest — sponsoring by Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) South Florida Region.

This Competition is in conjunction with the upcoming AAFF/FMCRC/LDBF Summit — to encourage youth participation and identify future community leaders that can be mentored and who can potentially bring Asian Americans in Florida to a higher level of achievement.

The competition is open to youth between the ages of 15 and 25, who are Florida residents, have an Asian background, and are currently enrolled in high school, college or postgraduate school.

The essay must be 1,000 words or less, about strategies on “How to Empower Youth to Become Future Leaders of Our Community”, and must answer three basic questions:

Part 1 – The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) aims to combine the strengths of Asian community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, media, and businesses; promote Asian heritage; and achieve social, civic, economic and political empowerment for Asian American communities in Florida. If you were the President of AAFF, what specific project will you initiate to achieve these goals?

(The youth contestant may want to visit the AAFF website to have a clear understanding of what AAFF is all about and what it is trying to accomplish. See http://www.asianamericanfederation.org).

Part 2 – Why is there a need to have a strong Asian American Federation of Florida and how can it create a positive impact on the community? What are some of our strengths and weaknesses as Asians that we need to work on for better results for the community?

Part 3 – How can the current leadership encourage youth to be involved with the Asian American Federation of Florida? What can the youth bring to the current leadership and the community to improve and develop individuals, family and community, as part of the Federation and otherwise?

Essays must be submitted by EMAIL – and sent to joybruce@aol.com.

Please submit the following information:
1) Name and Age
2) Ethnicity
3) Address & phone number
4) Name of School (and grade, or level of learning)
5) A short resume including extra-curricular activities and personal accomplishments (if any)

The essay must be submitted ON WORD or PDF FORMAT, AS AN ATTACHMENT WITHOUT IDENTIFYING MARK OR NAME. Entries will be judged based on the content of the essay and the ideas presented.

The three best essays will be chosen for formal presentation by the respective authors who will become part of a panel of speakers on JUNE 17, 2011 during the AAFF Summit at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Winners will receive:
1) Two nights free hotel accommodation at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
(June 15/16 or June 16/17) in Fort Lauderdale – for all 3 winners
2) “Leader of the Future” Awards – for all 3 winners
First Prize – $500
Second Prize – $250
Third Prize – $150

Asian American Federation of Florida
A 501(c)(3) coalition that aims to foster unity and collaboration among the various Asian Pacific American organizations and to improve the relationship of a culturally diverse Asian Pacific American community in Florida. The AAFF is a statewide organization made up of more than 70 Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese faith-based and community-based organizations, businesses and media.

659 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
305-981-3232 | Fax: 305-9813231 | www.asianamericanfederation.org |
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