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Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Over the past 4 years, the HAPI-YEP program has worked with over 100+ students throughout Magnolia High School in Anaheim, CA.  This year, our cohort of students, who we’ve worked with since they were freshmen through a specialized English course APAC, have graduated and will be attending various universities and colleges in the fall!!

To all our community partners, thank you for your continued support over the past 4 years.  We couldn’t have done without you!

As the HAPI-YEP program comes to an end, we would like to congratulate all our students for their accomplishments over the past 4 years.

To our OCAPICA students, this journey has always been about you.  We’ve seen you all grow into socially conscious individuals, critical thinkers, empowered leaders, and change agents.  Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey.  You are the definition of success.  As you begin this new chapter of your life as young adults, we want you to know that you are important and you matter.  We are excited to see the greatness all of you will bring into the world.  Oh!  The places you will go!

Congratulations to the class of 2017 and we wish you all the best!!

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College Transition Retreat

On April 13th and 14th, we took our students to the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center to participate in a college transition retreat. Since most of our students are graduating, we decided that instead of taking them on a college field trip we would support our students by helping them transition to college.

As part of the retreat, students participated in numerous workshops such as learning how to create their college schedule and a panel of folks who work at the colleges and universities.  We also had our students participate in physical activities such as the ropes course and zip lining as a metaphor for learning to take risks and being excited about their futures.

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FAFSA Completion Celebration

Completing the FAFSA/CA DREAM application is an important part of creating a college-going culture.  We challenged our students to complete their FAFSA/CA DREAM by December 2016.  We are proud that the students in our program have completed their FAFSA/CA DREAM and are all college bound!  For their hard work, we provided the students with lunch and celebrated their many successes over the years.

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The 2nd Annual Violence Free Begins with Me Conference

On July 15th, 2016, the Health Asian and Pacific Islander Youth Empowerment Program (HAPI-YEP) brought 20 of our students to participate in the 2nd Annual Violence Free Begins with Me Conference held at the Long Beach Art Expo.  This conference was created by Center for the Pacific Asian Family to promote healthy relationships and develop the youth into leaders in the movement to end violence.  HAPI-YEP and CPAF were joined by Project Motivate and Educated Men with Meaningful Messages (EM3).  A total of over 100 youth participated in the events.  The event had two guest speakers and spoken word artists : Narinda Heng, a queer, Khmer American woman spoken word artist and Fong Tran, a Vietnamese American spoken word artist.  The youth participated in various workshops and dialogues about healthy relationships, identities, and resiliency.

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HAPIY Summer Program 2016

In early June, we started our HAPIY Summer Program.  We facilitated various workshops, activities and a field trip for our students.  Our wonderful and innovative staff created a college board game to simulate the process of getting into a college.  Our students participated in a reflective painting activity about the communities they belong to.  We had a wonderful guest to educate our students about the importance of voting and policy.  The students also went on a field trip to St. Joseph’s Hospital to learn more about health careers and tour their facilities.

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