Youth Track

Thursday, July 19 & 20, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Renaissance washington, dc hotel | meeting room 15

The OCA National Convention Youth Track is a two-day track that is for middle school to high school aged students to learn about advocacy, leadership, and identity. Students learn valuable skills that can be applied to their future education and leadership in the community as an AAPI. This year, we welcome students from across the region for a hands-on training with experienced national professional facilitators. The Youth Track sessions run from 8 am - 5 pm on Thursday, July 19th and Friday, July 20th and are free and open to the public. RSVP Required Below!

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Daily Youth Track Schedule

Friday, July 20th

Breakfast and Check-In | 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Opening Plenary | 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Is a Hotdog a Sandwich? | 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Prefer dogs over cats? Do you like waffles over pancakes? Is Anna the real star in Frozen? In this workshop, you will learn how to constructively argue, debate, and defend your position on various topics.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Life can be stressful. Whether it is school, sports, music, or anything else there is always something that needs to be done. In this workshop we will learn ways to recognize burnout and we will engage in strategies to both take care of ourselves as well as the people around us.

Youth Luncheon | 12:30 PM -1:45 PM

The Lives we Live | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Everyone in life has different experiences, some negative and some positive. Whether the experience is an embarrassing moment at school or feeling supported by loved ones, the culmination of one’s life affects how they interact with others. In this workshop, we will be explore the different experiences everyone has had and share how that influences the people that we are now.

Communicate to Collaborate | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Whether you are an athlete on a sports team, a musician in an orchestra, or leader in student government you will have to work with teams. In this workshop we will investigate the different ways that people communicate. Participants will be given different strategies around teamwork and communication and then be challenged with puzzles and games.

Conversations in Writing | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

How many times did you want to contribute to a conversation, but the topic changed before you can contribute? Better yet, how many times did you think of a great contribution, but well after the conversation has shifted? This workshop gives you the opportunity to have conversations at your own pace and fully allows you to contribute to a conversation, regardless of where the topic is.

Thursday, July 19th

Breakfast and Check-In | 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

How Much Does a Polar Bear Weigh? | 9:00 AM -10:00 AM

Get to know everyone else in the Youth Track through a series of fun ice breakers to get to know one another!

Connecting to your Roots: AAPI Timeline | 10:00 AM -11:00 AM

People embody a multitude of leadership styles. This workshop will have participants take a leadership survey to discover their dominant leadership traits. Participants will then engage in an activity challenging them to form the most cohesive team.

What We Value | 11:00AM-12:30 PM

Every person has different ideals that we hold that determines the choices we make. Whether that value is preferring brown rice over white rice or staying loyal to friends, all of these values influence the decisions we make. This workshop will help you realize how these values impact our decisions and why we hold these values.

Lunch | 12:30PM -1:30 PM

Who I am | 1:30PM - 3:00PM

Everyone’s identity is different. Those identities decide how we interact with the world, and how the world interacts with us. Acknowledging and introspectively examining your identity can help you navigate your life, as well as help others along the way.

Mythbusters | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We’ve all heard of stereotypes, especially those related to our community. While we cannot control the stereotypes others hold of us, we can control how we let those stereotypes influence us. In this workshop, we will be deconstructing stereotypes others hold toward our community and how to move forward after being confronted with these beliefs.

Stand up, Speak Out | 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

If you are afraid of public speaking, you are not alone! In fact, more people fear public speaking than anything else. In this workshop, we will help you develop your public speaking skills and give you a chance to present your very own speech. Do not miss your chance to start training on this useful life skill!