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The 2016 Advancing Justice Conference (AJC) is the first and only national conference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community focusing on civil rights and social justice. Over 700 AAPIs from across the U.S. will come together to address issues facing our fastest growing populations. The theme will focus on civic engagement and building our electoral and social power in support of economic and racial justice. Conference attendees will participate in two days of panel discussions, caucus sessions, skills and capacity building, trainings, and networking receptions.

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Wednesday, March 30 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Helping You Help: Getting – and Getting More Out of – Volunteers for Your Citizenship Program

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Citizenship application programs often ride on the shoulders of dedicated but overworked and stressed-out people known as “staff." Effective programs, on the other hand, incorporate vibrant and talented volunteers to assist more applicants with better results and greater efficiency. In this workshop, we share information and practices to help you develop a robust and dynamic volunteer program. Topics include recruiting quality individuals, training them to be valuable contributors, keeping them happy, and more. This interactive workshop features a case study showing how volunteers can be productively and sustainably integrated into an actual citizenship project and even other civic engagement programs.

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Mark Yoshida

Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Mark Yoshida is a staff attorney with the Citizenship Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. In his 20 years on the job, he has helped thousands of immigrants become American citizens, primarily through individual service, educational presentations, and training for volunteers and organizations. Yoshida has a B.S. from University of California, Riverside and a J.D. from Notre Dame, which still surprises him almost as much... Read More →

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Gloria Ho

Citizenship Network Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Gloria Ho is the Network Manager with the Citizenship Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. She serves the immigrant communities by coordinating naturalization service and education events. Her work includes expanding services reach with local partnerships and strengthening service capacity by working closely with volunteers. Prior to joining the Citizenship Project, Ho worked as the Home Preservation Project... Read More →
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Melissa Juan

Project Assistant, Citizenship, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Melissa Juan is currently a senior at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She has been an intern at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles since June 2015 and looks forward to continuing providing service to the community through the organization. She is a Mexican American first generation college student and shares a passion for equality and opportunity with Advancing Justice. She finds getting to know individual stories to be... Read More →
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Cat Bao Le

Executive Director, Southeast Asian Coalition
Cat Bao Le founded the Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC) in 2011 and currently serves as the Executive Director. SEAC is a grassroots-run/grassroots-focused effort, serving high-need communities in the South. Program areas include: civic engagement, immigration services, multi-racial youth development, and advocacy. Bao Le was born to Vietnamese refugees, raised in London and Sacramento, and now calls North Carolina home. She loves a good laugh, a... Read More →
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Sarah Sumadi

Washington New Americans Program Manager, OneAmerica
Sarah Sumadi is the naturalization program manager at OneAmerica in Seattle, where she oversees 7 subgrantees and a dozen application assistance workshops per year across Washington State. Prior to that, she was the Director of Volunteers and Communications at the Center on Halsted in Chicago. She has a B.A. in journalism from Northwestern University, and a M.A. in international relations from the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires... Read More →