The APYLP reaches out to Asian and Pacific Islander youth in California to build on their understanding of what it means to be Asian and Pacific Islander American students in today's culturally and ethnically diverse society. The high school conference offers group workshops on leadership development, cultural identity and awareness, the legislative process, and public speaking skills as well as an opportunity to participate in mock legislative sessions and to hear from elected officials and prominent speakers from the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

Fifty juniors and seniors will be selected from the statewide applicants to participate in the conference on March 17-20, 2016, in Sacramento. They APYLP will pay all expenses for the participants including travel, lodging, and meal expenses through sponsorships from private corporations, higher education institutions, professional organizations, and other individuals.

The organization is especially interested in reaching students who have leadership potential buth have difficulty developing or realizing that potential due to language, economic, cultural, or other barriers. Applications must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

For more information and to download an application, visit the APYPL Web site at