R2W (Represent to Witness) Youth Leadership Project

R2W nurtures a cadre of young Asian and Pacific Islander (API) faith leaders with the leadership tools, competencies, and character required to represent their faith, heritage, and community in witness to God’s demand for love, peace, and justice. Our goal is to provide API and other youth of color a comprehensive leadership program of personal spiritual formation, theological competence, cultural/historical awareness and transformative intercession.

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PANA's R2W project includes two core programs:

Summer Youth Leadership Institute (ages 16-19)

The R2W Summer Youth Leadership Institute is a 15-day residential summer program for high school youth rooted in API culture and consciousness. Over the past five years, more than 150 young people have participated. They meet youth from other places and other cultures, experience life on a college and seminary campus, visit different communities, try new things, and gain valuable leadership skills. In the process they become more aware of their culture and history, more in tune with their faith and spirituality, more confident and articulate, and more outgoing and involved in their churches and communities.

June 21-July 5, 2008
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA
Application deadline: May 30

Congregational Leaders Internship (ages 19-22)

The R2W Congregational Leaders Internship (CLI) is a leadership development program for college-age young adult leaders from communities of color, working class and middle class, from a variety of faith backgrounds.

Interns participate in three weekend retreats and one week-long intensive throughout the year. During these retreats, interns study social issues, journey into local communities, have dialogue with community organizers, and examine the roots of current issues from political, historical, social, economic, and spiritual lenses.Weekend retreats also provide a chance for interns to get away from their usual daily environment and engage in spiritual reflection, support and mentorship.