Civic Leadership USA – 2019 National Internship Essay Contest

Civic Leadership USA – 2019 National Internship Essay Contest

Purpose of the Essay Contest:

Although Asian Americans are high achievers in many areas, our civic participation levels are relatively low when compared to other ethnic groups. CLUSA is pleased and highly encouraged that up to 30 AAPI organizations nationwide and approximately 240 outstanding young men and women are participating in this year’s Public Service Internship program. The 2019 Internship Essay Contest by CLUSA is open to all the interns to join and share their amazing experiences and stories


The purpose of this Essay Contest is to:

  • Encourage the interns to be more civic-minded
  • Stimulate participants to observe, contemplate and to gain more from their internship experience
  • Encourage other young people to join and contribute to public service by sharing personal, first-hand stories with them



The contest is open to all 2019 CLUSA internship grant participants. Only one essay per participant(intern).


Essay Topic:

Contestants are encouraged to use their own internship experience this year to write about:

  • Why civic engagement and public service is important to our society
  • Their internship experience and their own journey towards civic engagement or public service
  • Why AAPI must be more civic engaged
  • Role models in public service/civic engagement they may have met during the internship
  • Inspirational stories and personal experiences in this year internship program


Essay Length:

Essays should be about 500 words in length.


Other Guidelines:

  • Plagiarism is not allowed.
  • Essays must be written in English.
  • Using the link provided below to submit your work in a Microsoft Word document.
  • You may include images/illustrations/diagrams in your work, mainly if they illustrate the topic or your ideas.


You can enter the Essay Contest from July 15 – August 31, 2019.

The final essay must be submitted by August 31, 2019.

The judging period is from September 1 – 30, 2019.

Winners and Prizes will be announced in early October 2019.


Judging and Essay Review Committee:

Joel Wong, Chair, CLUSA Editorial Committee

Sandy Chau, CLUSA Founder and Chair

Congressman David Wu, CLUSA Vice Chair

Diana Ding, Founder and CEO DingDingTV

Dr. Michael Chang, APALI Founder and Executive Director

Anthony Le, APALI Deputy Director

Anthony Ng, CLUSA Executive Director

Qing Bai, CLUSA Director of Admission and Education

Wen Yuan, CLUSA Director of IT and Communication

Chuck Ng, CLUSA Director of Community Outreach and Development

Other Judges invited from the grantee organizations and the AAPI community



First Prize (1) – $ 500

Runners Up (2) – $ 300

Third Prize (3) – $ 100

Merit Awards (up to 20) – $ 50

All Essay Participants will be awarded a CLUSA Certificate of Merit for participation.

Selected Essays will be published on the CLUSA website, promoted on Facebook, DingDing TV, and other public media.


How to Enter:

Please click the link below and follow the specific instructions to participate.



Please contact Qing Bai, Director of Administration & Education, CLUSA


Phone: 1-408-2508436

Get Ready for 2020 Election Series

The 2019 National Civic Leadership Forum

As an Asian American Organization Leader, you are cordially invited to join the upcoming National Civic Leadership Forum (NCLF) in Washington DC on August 15-18, 2019.  This NCLF event is sponsored by Civic Leadership USA (CLUSA) and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affair (APAPA) and supported by many AAPI organizations.

The long term goal of the NCLF is to build unity among a diverse group of AAPI to fight against racial bias and achieve equality for the AAPI community. The forum will provide a platform for our community to interact and build trust through collaboration. It is also an opportunity to show strength and unity and to interact and work with Congressional Members and the White House on issues pertaining to the AAPI community. The theme of this Forum is “Empowering Asian American & Pacific Islanders for 2020” – the year that the AAPI community will make a difference.

At this Forum, you will

  • Hear Keynotes by US Representatives: Ted Lieu, Judy Chu, Lloyd Doggert & Andy Kim; Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao; Fmr chief of Staff to Michelle Obama Tina Tchen, Community Leaders: C-100 President Frank H. Wu and others
  • Mingle with other AAPI leaders from around the country;
  • Gain insights in elected and appointed political or non-political leadership positions and learn the best practices;
  • Be trained for an effective congressional visit;
  • Meet top level invited Congressional & White House members: Speaker Nancy Pelosi; US Senator Mitch McConnell, US Rep. Lloyd Doggert, US Rep. Judy Chu, etc.;
  • Be empowered by the unity of diverse AAPI community.

Please register for the NCLF through our website  (Invitation Only. Free Registration. Travel subsidy up to $1000 for qualified organization sending their top executive officers.)

Please note: There are two venues that the Forum will be held: Crowne Plaza Crystal City Washington DC (September 15, 16, & 18) and the Rayburn House Office Building (September 17).

50 Guest rooms are blocked in Crowne Plaza from September 15-18 at $165/night. Please contact us at should you want to stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

To recognize the outstanding civic engagement services provided by our AAPI organizations, we have created 3 community awards to be given in our event. Please submit your nomination using the attached application form.

Looking forward to meeting with you and learning together,

Dr. SK Lo
2019 NCLF Planning & Steering Committee Chair

For more detailed information, please check the link at


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  • Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, Fremont Union High School District Board
  • Shawn Kumagai, Dublin City Council
  • Aisha Wahab, Hayward City Council
  • Sabina Zafar, San Ramon City Council

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