Link/ Attend Teach For America's Asian American & Pacific Islander Leadership Summit (AAPILS) in NYC

The Teach For America New York region will be hosting 30 selected students to attend the Asian American and Pacific Islander Leadership Summit (AAPILS), November 14th – 15th, 2014. The mission of this 2 day event is to cultivate and increase the leadership skills of AAPI undergraduate students. The summit is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors attending college in New York State and Connecticut and/or from New York City originally.  To learn more and apply follow this link: http://bit.ly/1vM5Q6z

WHAT is AAPILS? 
The Teach For America New York region will host 30 selected students to attend the Asian American and Pacific Islander Leadership Summit (AAPILS), whose mission is to cultivate and increase leadership skills of AAPI undergraduate students. Teach For America is uniquely positioned to make a difference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. While AAPIs comprise nearly 4 percent of the total enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools, they represent only 1.5 percent of the teachers. AAPILS will drive the work of engaging undergraduate students in partnership with regional and national organizations that focus on working with and serving the AAPI community. There are multiple aims of the summits: 

  • have participants reflect on their own AAPI identity;
  • develop participant understanding of AAPI history;
  • identify role models and advocates in the AAPI education community; 
  • be empowered to advocate for and with our community partners and their work; and
  • help participants view how they can have an active stake in advocating for educational equity. 

WHEN is AAPILS? 
Friday, November 14th – Saturday, November 15th 

WHERE is AAPILS? 
Teach For America 
315 West 36th Street 
New York, NY 10018

By Feyone La, APIASF/GMS Scholar

Math has been my favorite subject since I first started school. I’ve always been good at math and I LOVE math because ultimately you get the right answer, regardless of how you solve it. The thing that I love most is that as long as I follow the correct steps to solve a problem, I will get the right answer; without a doubt. From a young age, I didn’t like doubt; I liked knowing that I would be right about something, that I could be sure my answer was correct.

As I got older, I began to solve problems by observing before I was taught a concept. I often found myself using different strategies than the ways that my teacher or even other students would solve the problem. Most of the time, my unique strategy didn’t pose a problem; until one teacher asked me “why?” to every step of my problem solving process.
This was the moment when I fell in love with the STEM field. I realized that what I was doing was way more than just the steps involved in solving the problem, but the PURPOSE of why I needed to solve the problem in that manner. From that moment, I began to think critically about everything in my life. The reason for the developed process in math and science is because someone had to ask the question why and then discover the answer in their own process, in a way that made sense to them.

I want to be that person; I want to create something more than memorable. I want to create something that will help others in the most positive way. My mind is constantly circling around situations and wondering why or how something came to be or how that situation can be better. This ranges from simple everyday tasks to the complexities of engineering problems and the roots of my culture and heritage.
The STEM field challenges me every day, not only in classes, but in every aspect of my life. The structure of STEM is to solve problems using a general system, not only in the technical and academic areas, but also in any aspect of life.

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The APIASF General Scholarship is available for students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolling in a US-accredited college or university for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Award Amount: $2,500 - $15,000Due Date: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST
If you have questions about the application or eligibility, please email applicant@apiasf.org. For application requirements, click here. CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

The APIASF General Scholarship is available for students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolling in a US-accredited college or university for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Award Amount: $2,500 - $15,000
Due Date: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST

If you have questions about the application or eligibility, please email applicant@apiasf.org. For application requirements, click here. CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

re/present blogger and May 2014 /present Voice Shanawaj (Roy) Khair was recently selected to be a part of the GMS/ACS Cancer Action Network Delegation Team! Roy, and his fellow Scholars, will meet with members of Congress to discuss making cancer resources and research a top national priority.
For more information on the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association’s partnership with the American Cancer Society, and how other Gates Scholars can get involved visit: gmsacsadvocacy.

re/present blogger and May 2014 /present Voice Shanawaj (Roy) Khair was recently selected to be a part of the GMS/ACS Cancer Action Network Delegation Team! Roy, and his fellow Scholars, will meet with members of Congress to discuss making cancer resources and research a top national priority.

For more information on the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association’s partnership with the American Cancer Society, and how other Gates Scholars can get involved visit: gmsacsadvocacy.

The APIASF General Scholarship is available for students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolling in a US-accredited college or university for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Award Amount: $2,500 - $15,000Due Date: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST
If you have questions about the application or eligibility, please email applicant@apiasf.org. For application requirements, click here. CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

The APIASF General Scholarship is available for students who are currently enrolled or will be enrolling in a US-accredited college or university for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Award Amount: $2,500 - $15,000
Due Date: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST

If you have questions about the application or eligibility, please email applicant@apiasf.org. For application requirements, click here. CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

By Brenda Khor, APIASF/GMS Scholar
Thinking about life after college scares me. It’s scary because there are too many opportunities for a person to apply for and you wouldn’t know which one to choose from. Some proactive steps I am taking to ensure I am making a smooth transition into life after college are to self-reflect and be honest with myself by asking thoughtful questions, examine my strengths and weaknesses, develop a mindset that looks to solve problems instead of dwelling on them, and most importantly, asking for feedback to improve on myself.

By Brenda Khor, APIASF/GMS Scholar

Thinking about life after college scares me. It’s scary because there are too many opportunities for a person to apply for and you wouldn’t know which one to choose from. Some proactive steps I am taking to ensure I am making a smooth transition into life after college are to self-reflect and be honest with myself by asking thoughtful questions, examine my strengths and weaknesses, develop a mindset that looks to solve problems instead of dwelling on them, and most importantly, asking for feedback to improve on myself.