Resources and Links
The following resources have been developed by the JACL to encourage leadership within the Asian American community.
FILLING THE PIPELINE: ASIAN AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AND EMPOWERMENT
Having many student activists amongst its ranks, the JACL has seen the positive effects of students becoming involved in the issues that matter most to them as well as the negative effects of apathy, which many students face in the wake of a changing and diverse society. This guide, which is part of the organization’s new JACL Youth Leadership Project, is the first attempt to offer students the tools to take that initial step towards civic participation. Additionally, this work dually serves as a reference for those who are already taking action and involving themselves while on-campus and in the community. Accompanied with this booklet, the JACL National Staff is presenting several workshops at various college campuses across the country where they will emphasize the need for student participation and involvement.
MYTHS AND MIRRORS: REAL CHALLENGES FACING ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENTS
Leadership requires a strong sense of self, yet when dealing with conflicting stereotypes, cultural values and expectations, a sense of self may be hard to come by. This booklet explores the challenges and pressures faced by Asian American students in forming their own identity, ranging from the “Model Minority” stereotype to institutional racism, from perfectionism to a lack of support from school administrators. It offers action items and resources for dealing with these challenges as a guide to self-empowerment.