Due To COVID-19 the 2021 Leadership Conferece will be a virtual  and will be held Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, April 18, 2021. THe 2021 leadership conference  is by invite only. Please check back Regularly for more Details on the 2022 Leadership Conference!


2020 Virtual Leadship Conference

DATE:  April 15 - April 18, 2021


Background: The annual Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project (APYLP) conference provides a select group of 50 Asian and Pacific Islander seniors and juniors from public, private and charter high schools throughout California with a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process, community leadership, and political activism. During the four-day, three-night conference, students will participate in a Mock Legislature at the State Capitol that includes the election of peer legislative leaders, lively debate of current issues through the introduction of legislation, and the lobbying of bills during committee hearings and the Senate floor session. Additionally, small group workshops facilitated by Asian Pacific legislative staff, community activists, and business leaders will assist students in developing their leadership and public speaking skills, enhance their cultural awareness and identity, and explore the richness and diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in California.


Who Should Apply: The conference is only open to students that reside in California. Although any California junior or senior year high school student may apply, APYLP strongly encourages applications from Asian and Pacific Islander youth who have some leadership experience and especially from students who show leadership potential, but whose participation in programs such as APYLP may have been hindered in the past by economic, geographic, language, or other factors. The conference program is designed specifically for Asian and Pacific Islander youth to learn more about themselves, issues of importance to their communities, and how to empower their leadership potential through the political process, public service and community service. Participants in past conferences have been representative of the rich cultural, racial, multiracial, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander communities from urban, suburban and rural areas throughout California.


Transportation, Room & Board: There is no cost to students accepted to the high school leadership conference. Through its fundraising efforts and generous sponsorships, APYLP pays all costs for travel, lodging, meals, and conference materials for all students selected to participate in the conference. The high school program is a supervised activity with volunteer advisors assigned to each student throughout the program.


Instructions for Applicants: The simple four-page application is available in both online and printable formats. Printable applications can be downloaded at our website and once completed, must be returned by U.S. mail only. Online applications can be accessed at our website and must be submitted online. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online no later than November 04, 2019, so don’t delay and apply now!


All information and fields on the application must be completed. Applicants should write thoughtful and informative responses to each question. The Selection & Outreach Committee will carefully review all applications to select the 50 students and a few alternates who will be invited to participate in the 2020 high school conference in Sacramento.


Student notification will begin on: February 04, 2020. If you haven't recieved a notification in the mail by February 20, 2020, please contact us. 




P.S. you must fill out the application in its entirety online and cannot skip ahead. To view questions ahead of time, please download the printable version below, they contain the same questions.


You can download this .pdf document and mail the completed form back to us postmarked no later than the deadline. Do not email this form to us, you may apply online by following the link above.
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This program is FREE for all high school juniors and seniors who attend a high school in California who are accepted thanks to the hard work of our generous sponsors and our volunteers.

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