VOICE – Workshop #1
Pasadena, CA – On September 28th, 2017, the CAUSE VOICE fellows had their first workshop at the CAUSE office.
The workshop opened with a brief orientation. Fellows learned more about the organization, CAUSE’s programs, and the organization’s mission to empower the APA community.
The fellows then heard from Robert L. Gin, Board Member of the Alhambra Unified School District. As a part of their group project, VOICE fellows must put together a model for voter education workshops at local high schools. A part of the project also requires them to conduct outreach to local school board members in order to foster greater relationships between CAUSE and neighboring school districts.
Boardmember Gin relayed the important role of teachers play in the process of ensuring students are engaged in civics. He shared that it is the teachers who are connecting students to the community, and shared how it was a teacher who first encouraged him to pursue greater leadership roles in the community. In order to effectively get students more educated about civic engagement and realize their own leadership potential, he shared that we must engage them through their educators.
After lunch, Lindsey Horowitz, Director of Programs at CAUSE, gave the fellows a workshop on how fellows could best seize their professional opportunities over the course of the fellowship.
We are genuinely excited to see what our VOICE fellows can accomplish in the coming months!
About the CAUSE VOICE Fellowship:
The Voter Outreach & Immigrant Community Engagement (VOICE) Fellowship (nee CELF Fellowship) is designed to connect APA immigrant communities to civic engagement opportunities. In this intensive fellowship program, fellows actively engage and build trust with APA immigrant citizens to support the community’s self-empowerment and civic engagement.