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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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Thursday, March 31 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Bridging Generations: Tactics for Effective Youth/Student Outreach and Engagement

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How can your organization ensure that your civic engagement work is not only effective in reaching the community, but also incorporates youth outreach and development? Attendees will hear from four leaders representing a broad cross section of AAPI identity and organizing, who will share the tools and tactics their organizations have employed in order to foster the contributions and leadership of AAPI youth within their civic engagement efforts. Attendees will also leave the panel with a handout of youth and civic engagement best practices drawn from Advancing Justice’s national partners.

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K.B. Jenny Kim

Development Associate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
K.B. Jenny Kim is the Development Associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC. She is responsible for supporting the fundraising strategies and resource development for the organization. Prior to joining AAJC, Kim served in a Congressional office with a portfolio of constituent advocacy which included civic engagement, immigration and arts education. In addition, Kim helped oversee fundraising and volunteer mobilization for a California... Read More →

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Shelly Chen

Voter Engagement Coordinator, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Shelly Chen is the Voter Engagement Coordinator at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, where she works to empower and mobilize Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander voters. She has been working on Advancing Justice - Los Angeles’s “Your Vote Matters!” campaigns since May 2014, recruiting and training volunteers and organizing phone banks to conduct in-language voter outreach. Shelly also volunteers... Read More →
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Lian Cheun

Executive Director, Khmer Girls in Action
Lian Cheun is the Executive Director of Khmer Girls in Action. She is a 1.5 generation refugee from Cambodia. Cheun spent close to 2 decades working in low-income communities of color. She started out as a youth organizer on the Kids First! Campaign and has since worked for funding for youth programs, organized for educational and health justice, volunteered and trained for numerous Get Out the Vote efforts, and fought for workers’ rights... Read More →
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Linda Her

Executive Director, Asian American Organizing Project
Linda Her is a 2nd generation Hmong American, queer-feminist writer/poet and community organizer. She has extensive experience in activism, organizing and working in different ranges of social justice issues, civic engagements, political campaigns, committees and nonprofit organizations. In 2012, she was the St. Paul Field Organizer for President Obama’s grassroots re-election campaign with efforts to defeat the Marriage Amendment and Voter... Read More →
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Stephanie Nitahara

Pacific Southwest Regional Director, Japanese American Citizens League
Stephanie Nitahara is a Yonsei/fourth-generation Japanese American and the Pacific Southwest Regional Director for the Japanese American Citizens League. She is excited to be able to staff the JACL’s National Youth/Student Council, made up of twelve student and young professional leaders from across the country, hosting leadership, advocacy, and skills building Youth Leadership Summits. Nitahara is also passionate about proactive... Read More →