The PANA institute’s residential summer leadership program, Represent 2 Witness (R2W), is now in full swing on campus. The program, funded in part by the Lilly Endowment, focuses on leadership development for primarily Asian Pacific Islander (API) youth and young adults ages 16-19. The participants, some high school and college students, some working young adults, come from across the country to learn about the intersections of race, class, ethnicity, religion, and culture, and how they can be leaders in their communities navigating these crossroads. Returning alums of the program are again serving as program staff, in order to pass their experience on to more young people.
This summer’s youth participants include 21 high school and college-age students of African, African American, Cambodian, Cherokee, Chicano/Latino, Chinese American, Filipino, Japanese American, Korean, Tongan, and Samoan ethnic backgrounds. These students hail from California, Hawai’i, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Texas, and represent a variety of religious traditions, sexual orientations, and class backgrounds. Many of them are already leaders, activists and changemakers. Please welcome these young leaders to campus and make plans to attend the closing “Celebration Jam” on Thursday, July 2 at 7:30 pm in PSR’s Chapel of the Great Commission. All PSR community members are invited.
To view participant profiles and find more program details visit represent2witness.org, or visit represent2witness.blogspot.com to read daily updates.