Leadership Academy

Week 6: Finding Commonality

Week 6: Finding Commonality

For this week’s civic leadership session, we were able to hear from panels of speakers from the healthcare and non-profit fields, both areas that I am greatly interested and passionate about. The healthcare panel revealed to me the intricate difficulties that come with trying to service a community as complex and diverse as the Asian American community.

Week 6: Cannabis Is Federally Classified as a Schedule 1 Drug

Week 6: Cannabis Is Federally Classified as a Schedule 1 Drug

This week, I felt very privileged to have the opportunity to research the cannabis market this week for State Treasurer John Chiang, who is assisting the establishment of a state bank for the regulated cannabis market. To one of my friends, they would probably say that since its legalization in California, all forms are cannabis are now legal. However, the policy implications are very different and not nearly that simple.

Week 4: Remember the People

Week 4: Remember the People

This week, my placement in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti proved to be yet another week of learning and understanding. Between working on asset mapping with fellow interns, organizing a civic education workshop for Asian Pacific Islander community leaders, working at the Mayor’s Help Desk, touring the Dodgers Stadium, and picking up whatever day-to-day tasks needed to be completed, I came across a multitude of individuals throughout the city working to better their lives or others’.

Week 3: Reconnecting with My Filipino-American Background

Week 3: Reconnecting with My Filipino-American Background

When it came time to accept an internship for this summer, I had the fortunate difficulty of choosing between two amazing opportunities. The first was to continue working within the student veteran community, which I had been dabbling in over the last four years, or to accept an internship with the CAUSE Leadership Academy, which I had zero ties to.

Week 3: Sacramento, the Town Teeming with Important People

Week 3: Sacramento, the Town Teeming with Important People

For the third week of the Leadership Academy program, I had the opportunity to visit Sacramento for the first time with my cohort. I had a great time taking obligatory tourist photos in front of the Capitol building and bonding with my cohort through our plane ride and strolls in Capitol park. But most importantly, I felt so inspired after seeing so many Asian Americans in elected positions and legislative staff, giving hope that maybe one day I can also work in politics.

Leadership Academy Kickoff Press Conference

Leadership Academy Kickoff Press Conference

Pasadena, CA – On Friday, June 22nd, CAUSE held the Leadership Academy Kickoff Press Conference at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum to welcome the 2018 class of Leadership Academy interns.