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Asian American Youth Speak Out 2000
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From:    Jennifer Choi
Date:     4/5/00
Re:        Asian American Youth Speak Out 2000   (Speech Competition for Asian American teens)
Asian American youth are challenged to learn how to balance their cultural traditions with “mainstream” expectations.  As result, sometimes it may leave them ill prepared to effectively navigate through the accepted “norms” of our society. For example, reserving their opinion may be expected at home but at school, Asian American youth are expected to fully participate in class.  In response to this challenge, the YWCA/NYC Flushing Branch is proud to present the YWCA Asian American Youth Speech Competition 2000 on May 13, 2000 to promote public speaking among Asian American youth in grades 9-12.  This event is also a part of RE.A.D.: Reaching the American Dream, the YWCA Literacy Campaign, a promotion of English literacy targeting the immigrant community.
As 96% of Asian American youth in New York State live in households with foreign-born parents, their unique challenges are characterized by the stress of cultural adaptation especially in the areas of self-expression.  The Asian American Youth Speech Competition 2000 timely presented during Asian American Heritage Month will challenge Asian American youth to express their opinions on pre-selected topics composed after a survey taken from 200 Asian American high school students.  The YWCA Committee for Youth Education and Development (CYED), a group of dedicated volunteer Asian American professionals has been working untiringly to provide the best possible event in which we hope will become an annual event for the community.  The competition will consist of two rounds where the first round will have the CYED screen all applications and choose three finalists per grade (9-12). The remaining finalists will then compete within their own grade group in front of a large peer audience on May 13th and be judged by a panel of distinguished judges that represent the diversity and growing influence of the Asian American community.
1st Prize
2nd Prize
3rd Prize
9th Grade
$500 Savings Bond
$200 Saving Bond
$100 Savings Bond
10th Grade
$500 Savings Bond
$200 Savings Bond
$100 Savings Bond
11th Grade
$500 Savings Bond
$200 Savings Bond
$100 Savings Bond
12th Grade
$500 Savings Bond
$200 Savings Bond
$100 Savings Bond

Other FACTS:
·     The first 150 applicants who do not become finalists will become peer judges and will vote for their favorite student in the contest.  The winning student will get a special Young People’s Choice Award. Every peer judge will receive a Peer Judge certificate!
·     Sponsored by Abacus Savings Bank.  The YWCA is still avidly seeking additional sponsorship.
·     Gifts will be given to every youth member of the audience on May 13th
·     Kids can download applications at http://www.asian-life.com/ywca or be requested by calling the YWCA
·     The contest is in May to celebrate Asian American History Month
·     Application Deadline: Must be postmarked by April 19th
Ms. Mae Cheng, Reporter, Newsday
Ms. Sidney Hodges, Internship Coordinator, High School for Health Professions and Human Services
Mr. Hugo Mahabir, Chair, South Asian Youth Action!; Diversity Coordinator, Fieldston School
Mr. Tai Park, Of Counsel, Sherman & Sterling, former AUSA, Southern District of New York
Mr. Alex Tsui, DDS, Chair, Asian Professional Extension,
Event Date:
DATE:                    May 13, 2000
Time:                      10:00 AM – approximately 12:30 PM
PLACE:                  YWCA 42-07 Parsons Blvd.  (corner of Ash Ave.) Flushing NY (Buses Q 12. Q26, Q15)  (12 minutes walking distance from the Main Street Station)
For more information, visit our website, http://www.Asian-Life.com/ywca
Or call the YWCA- Jennifer Choi
V (718) 353-4553   F(718) 353-4044
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