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The 2014
Planning Team


Join us on November 15, 2014 - Another Fabulous HOPE DAY

We are looking forward to another fabulous HOPE Day on November 15, 2014 at Concordia University.  The day will consist of a series of fun and invigorating learning activities geared toward leadership development, team building and confidence strengthening.  Bernadette Basilio, Director of SAFES at The Salvation Army will be the keynote speaker.  Please contact Helen at  for more details.

Here is what students are saying about the last HOPE Day that was held on June 28, 2014

Melanie - By participating in the debate, I learned how to politely communicate your arguments.  I enjoyed writing the positive notes on the sidewalk because it reminded me of how small things can impact others in a large way.

Katie - My favorite part of today was participating in the debate. It was great exercising our critical thinking, especially when representing a perspective that you did not personally agree with. The group work allowed us to get to know each other and how each of us think. 

DavidThis was a really fun experience. I found things out about myself that I didn't really acknowledge before today.

NghiaIt was a fun productive day. I love it! 

 See a full album of the June 28 HOPE Day in the Photo Gallery.


HOPE Day - June 28, 2014

HOPE is​  a student-founded and student-led organization that encourages and empowers teens by offering community service opportunities and fun activities.

​The​ next ​HOPE Day​  will be on June 28th, 2014 at Concordia University.  

 ​We will be learning about new ways to make a positive impact on our community, celebrating the class of 2014 and welcoming new-comers from the May AAYLC Conference. 

When:     Saturday, June 28th, 2014    9:00am-3:00pm
Where:   Concordia University Library - 3rd Floor, 2811 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211
What:     A series of mini-conferences geared to help you refine and develop leadership skills and qualities through workshops, networking, and civic engagement.
Cost:      $5.00

AAYLC: AES-HOPE is a great way to empower yourself, meet new people and make an impact on the community.
Pre-registration is required.  Registration is due Tuesday June 24th, 2014, so don't delay!  


2014 AAYLC - A Growing Experience

At this year's 22nd annual Asian American Youth Leadership Conference over 350 students representing 36 high schools from Oregon and SW Washington came together at Concordia University on May 16 for a rich and empowering conference.   Students addressed this year's theme - "Who Am I?" through a series of group activities and discussions held throughout the day. In one workshop, participants were encouraged to understand that one's physical qualities do not determine one's character. 
As Asian Americans, we often are perceived in a stereotypical way and are labeled carelessly. The Asian American Youth Leadership Conference motivates teens to embrace the Asian culture and to stand up for who they truly are. As part of the Asian American Youth Leadership Conference since my sophomore year, I have grown tremendously as a leader. Starting out, I attended the conference just as a participant then eventually became an ambassador, representing my school. Growing up, I was always a shy and reserved girl, but attending the conference sparked something inside of me that made me come out of my "shell".
AAYLC empowered me with confidence and motivation that eventually shaped me into the leader that I am today. Not only have I become an ambassador for AAYLC, but I was also given the opportunity to be a planning team member for the Ambassador Engagement Series (AES). AES is a series of mini conferences geared to help students refine and develop leadership skills and qualities through workshops, networking, and civic engagement. Students participate in numerous workshops that help them build connections with others, gain leadership skills, and learn more about the Asian culture. Overtime, AES evolved to be a movement called H.O.P.E.(Helping Others in a Positive Environment), which was created to empower and encourage teens by involvement in community service opportunities and fun activities. AES:HOPE and AAYLC have been contributing factors to my success as a leader. Through my participation in AAYLC and its programs, I have joined my peers in enthusiasm for social change, developed as a leader, and inspired to create a lasting difference within my community.

Here are more examples of what the students learned from the 2014 conference - their responses to the question - "What did you learn from this conference?"

"I learned a lot about myself and others in the Asian community." - Beaverton High School.

"How to meet friends appropriately and the use of time to learn about other's perspective." - Tualatin High School

"That aside from our race, we are still very unique and strong individuals." - Tualatin High School

"To work as a community." - Liberty High School

"There are a lot of people who share the same difficulties as you, and you can make a difference as long as you make yourself heard." - McMinnville High School

"Negative and positive impacts of racism." - Alliance High School at Meek

"How to express myself." - Portland Christian High School

"I learned to make new friends (and) be a leader.  I learned how to open up." - Sprague High School

"I learned more about my own personal identity and others.  It was a new learning experience." - Benson Polytechnic High School

"Who you are is important.  Standing up may be hard but you should let yourself get heard." - Centennial High School

"External appearance doesn't represent an entire person. Get to know someone first before making a judgement." - Westview High School

"Although we are all Asians, we are very different from each other. But our similarities are what keep us connected." - Cleveland High School.

See a full album of the 2014 AAYLC pictures in the Photo Gallery


Announcing the 2014 AAYLC. Register Through Your School’s Designated Contact Person TODAY!

22nd Annual Asian American 
Youth Leadership Conference

Friday – May 16, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Concordia University
2811 NE Holman Street

Portland, Oregon 97211

Theme: Who Am I?

Keynote Speaker: Brian Yang
Film Producer and Actor

Entertainment Performers:  The Slants

What Students are saying about their experience at the 2013 Conference:

I learned...

“The many different types of people which are present throughout the Asian Community.”

“That to get what you want/reach your  goal, you have to SPEAK UP. You’ll get nowhere if you just sit there and do nothing about your future.”

“That I have the ability to make a difference in the world. It honestly only takes one voice to start a movement and we’ve started something today by

talking about those issues.”

“New leadership skills within me. I found a new career that I never thought of pursuing.”

“Leaders come from ordinary people like us. We can change our community.”

“We’re not alone at school or anywhere because all the Asians at other schools or places face the same problems.”

“About how to lead a group and incorporate everyone’s input.

$15 Early Registration by April 25, 2014

$20 Late Registration after April 25, 2014

Register Through Your School’s 
Designated Contact Person TODAY!


A Day of HOPE - February 22, 2014

On January 25th, the Ambassador Engagement Series held their 6th conference at Concordia University. The purpose of this meeting was to further establish our newly founded organization, HOPE (Helping Others in a Positive Environment).

As usual, the students started their day off enthusiastically and enjoyed breakfast before heading into an ice-breaker to get to know each other better. Next, students were divided into groups led by board members Justin, Anna, and Steven. Each group worked diligently to create our organization's logo, slogan, and elevator speech.

After lunch, students were able to choose which committee they wanted to be a part of. The Fundraising, Activities, and Marketing committee began their work that day and were able to get a great start! It was only the beginning, yet the students were able to obtain donations, set up social media pages, and plan out our next big event- A Day of Hope. Overall, the students enjoyed their time and let their leadership skills shine while cooperating with their peers. The AAYLC Ambassador Engagement Series is now officially known as HOPE, and we invite you all to join us on February 22nd, for a Day of Hope!

Visit the Photo Gallery for a full photo album of the conference. 

November 16, 2013 AES Conference brings us to new heights

The 5th Ambassador Engagement Series was a HIT!  Many students gathered together at Concordia University on November 16th to exercise their leadership skills and learned to work together as a team.  We had a very special speaker, Marshall Snider, Executive Director of Bridgetown, Inc. who delivered a very powerful message.  He helped us jumpstart our Teen Outreach project and has provided a good foundation for all of us to begin putting the project into action. 

The students that attended said they had a lot of fun and appreciated that we had Marshall Snider come in to speak to us.  A lot of them said they couldn’t wait until the next conference and are looking forward to being able to reunite and meet new people. 

Melissa Vu from Benson Polytechnic High School says:
Having Marshall as a guest speaker was one of my favorite parts of the conference.  He had an idea, set a goal, and through perseverance, he was able to make it come true. He was very inspirational and completely shifted my paradigm in a more positive direction. I also liked being able to meet and connect with other Asian American teens. They are now good friends as well as networks. Overall, AAYLC AES was a great experience for me and I can't wait for upcoming conferences!

Anna Tsoi from David Douglas High School says:
This conference and the past conferences have been such a pleasure to attend.  It has broadened my insight and knowledge on many things such as: problem solving, working together, and especially being a leader.  The AAYLC: AES has allowed me to meet new friends and build new connections, which has benefited me in so many ways.  Everybody that attended the conferences were very forthcoming and kind to each other.  It was easy for all of us to get along and get down to business.  I look forward to attending the next conference! :) 

Angel Le from Benson Polytechnic High School says: 
AAYLC AES Series has been such an amazing experience from getting to know myself to the planning of a teen outreach program. I've learned a lot and have gained new friendships that will last. 

Visit the Events Gallery for a full photo album of the conference.

Sharing a Transformative Experience and Announcing Registration is open for AES #5 to be held on November 16

18 students gathered on October 26, 2013 at Concordia University for the 4th Ambassador Engage Series conference.  They spent the day learning about themselves, their place in the community, and how they could contribute to improve their community. The students developed ideas for community projects and are anxious to return on November 16 to continue the planning and apply leadership skills through the projects. 

Here are a couple of examples of their feedback given at the end of the day.

From Christy Chen, senior of Sprague High School in Salem, OR:
Firstly, I would like to thank you and the other facilitators who dedicated so much of your time to plan this meeting.

The experience felt unique and exuberant. As a person who would rather sit in the audience than partake in main roles on stage, I opened up more and grew more confident. This conference was an eye-opener for many opportunities in life. It was a great chance to meet new people who are in the same boat as me and probably just as shy and introverted as me. Although there was a small amount of us compared to the size of the AAYLC Conference in May, this meeting was intimate and real, allowing all of us to be ourselves and original.
Not only will I enjoy the expansion of this organization, but many others will also benefit from the offers of AAYLC. The passion of the organization as well as those of the participants and facilitators can truly change the community and the lives of individuals. Thank you once again!

From Dillon Chase, also a senior of Sprague High School in Salem, OR:
The AEC was an absolutely wonderful experience. It was great fun to meet new people. The activities were very good and helpful to help find out more about ourselves along with what we all had a passion for and how we wanted to make an impact in our community. Its great to see that so many kids care about other youth and their own community. Today was a great experience that I feel many other kids should attend.

Please visit the Events Gallery to see the full album of pictures for this conference and click here for registration material for the upcoming conference on November 16, 2013.  It is open to all high school students.

AAYLC: Ambassador Engagement Series #5 

When:     Saturday, November 16, 2013    9:00am-3:00pm

Where:   Concordia University, 2811 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211

What:     A series of mini-conferences geared to help you refine and develop leadership skills and qualities through workshops, networking, and civic engagement.

Cost:      $5.00

Mail your registration packet by November 12, 2013 to

AAYLC/AES Registration
1030 NW 12th Ave. #209
Portland, OR 97209

Click here for the registration packet.

Register for the October 26, 2013 AES Conference.

2013 AAYLC  was held on May 19 at Concordia University


"I am inspired."  "You inspire me."  "It was enlightening."  were phrases heard from many at the 21st AAYLC.  600+ students, school staff, community volunteers, and college/career fair representatives gathered at Concordia University on May 17th, 2013.  The day long conference consisted of large group and small group activities that focused on the theme: Stand Up! Stand Out!  Massive Monkees opened the day with a captivating performance and a message that hit the theme spot on.


Students loved the Massive Monkees' performance at the Opening Program of
 the 2013 AAYLC


Come join us at the next AES Conference on October 26, 2013 at Concordia University

AAYLC: Ambassador Engagement Series #4 at Concordia University

When:     Saturday, October 26, 2013    9:00am-3:00pm

Where:   Concordia University, 2811 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211

What:     A series of mini-conferences geared to help you refine and develop leadership skills and qualities through workshops, networking, and civic engagement.

Cost:      $5.00

Mail your registration packet by October 19, 2013 to

AAYLC/AES Registration
1030 NW 12th Ave. #209
Portland, OR 97209

Click here for your registration packet.


2013 AAYLC - Stand Up! Stand Out! May 17 Register today at your school

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.


AAYLC and AES News

Another successful installment of the AAYLC: Ambassador Engagement Series was held on Saturday, March 2 at Concordia University.  This was the third ever meeting.  And, in addition to many returning AES students, a few new, first-time AES students came ready to get into action.  The focus of the third AES conference was critical thinking and a mock-debate on the negative impact of stereotyping was staged during the first half of the day.


In the afternoon, Arlene Kimura and Lore Wintergreen from the East Portland Action Committee joined the conference to teach the students about the logistics for planning a community project.  After doing some critical thinking in brainstorming ideas for a project, the AES students conceived a new community project and C.A.S.C. (Creating A Safer Community) was born!  The purpose of C.A.S.C., as designed by the AES students, is to help children in middle school gain a head-start with honing organizational skills which they will carry with them to become responsible, productive adults. With the help of Lore and Arlene, the students formulated a plan of action and made commitments to follow-through to get this project off the ground!  Now, with the main AAYLC Conference just around the corner, the excitement just continues to build!   

See more photos under Events Gallery.