The CAUSE Veterans Initiative is a fellowship and civic leadership program for veterans and reservists who are seeking community leadership roles outside of the military. The Veterans Initiative program was specifically designed for veterans interested in increasing the accessibility and awareness of available veterans resources as well as learning how to effectively advocate on behalf of Asian Pacific American (APA) veterans issues. In this program, participants are provided with mentors, professional development opportunities, and issue/policy briefings.
During this program, participants will not only gain insight on issues related to the veteran community and how to provide assistance, but will also be exposed to opportunities for individual professional development. Exclusive access to a network of prominent mentors and enhanced political awareness are a few notable examples.
Candidates should be reservists or veterans discharged under honorable conditions. Ideal candidates should be 18-34 years of age. Priority will be given to those applicants demonstrating a strong interest in APA affairs.
Fellows participate in 3 civic leadership workshops and work collaboratively to organize a veterans leadership luncheon. Each session includes professional development workshops, issue and policy briefings, and exclusive mentorship dinners. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in a Capitol Trip in Washington, DC.
Each fellow receives a $500 stipend upon satisfactory completion of the program. The stipend will serve as reimbursement for expenses accrued throughout the program’s duration.