Motivation Conference will be entering the 23rd year of motivating and inspiring young Asian Americans (AA) and Pacific Islander (PI) youth to pursue higher education.
Motivation Conference is an outreach program that’s geared towards low-income, under-resourced, and disadvantaged student of Asian/Pacific Islander (API) descent. We have decided together as coordinators and with the APISA core members that we will be recruiting our MC23 participants from the Bay Area.
Motivation Conference (MC) is a two night, and three-day event catered to under-resourced and underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AA/PI) high school students focused on inspiring and motivating them to pursue higher education after high school or later on in their future. For the 23rd year of MC, we are hoping to outreach to different low-income areas within the Bay Area. The Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Alliance, MC’s mother org, goal hopes to unite and empower AA/PI students by fostering student empowerment to unite through a collective process, to take action and support social change. APISA chooses to do this via critical consciousness of historical and ongoing struggles allowing engaging dialogue and action regarding diverse, educational, social, cultural and political issues. APISA hopes to outreach and promote these ideologies into the minds of high school youth. As an organization, we have benefitted from multiple successive years of Pacific Islander students in leadership roles. This should not be taken for granted, and for this reason, we feel both capable of and responsible for hosting younger students and making connections.MC strives to educate high school students on the importance of the future and inspire students to achieve what they think is impossible. Our aim is to address problems created by the model minority myth.
MC provides a variety of workshops to address factors that may be causing it. The speakers and the workshop facilitators and exposure to students that look like them it will allow for positive role models improved self-esteem and a brightened outlook on the future. MC hopes to dismantle these stereotypes by allowing students from underrepresented communities within the AA/PI exposure to counter narratives to the dominant East Asian narrative.
The theme of MC 23 is illuminating the past and igniting the future.Given that API is often unrecognized, forgotten, underrepresented, and are left in the dark because of the model minority myth, we want to shine light on our ancestral backgrounds or who we and make our presences known. This can only happen if we know our history and what we do with that knowledge. We want MC23 participants to be aware that it will be difficult to create a brighter future if we don't highlight and reflect on everything that has lead to this point. We also want to highlight our differences and struggles that are often dominated by traditional narratives.
MC strives to provide an environment that allows students to discover their potential within the higher education setting. By promoting higher education, we are allowing students to disrupt violent systems of oppression that are perpetuated on the institutional level. We aim to create a safe and brave space holistically by surrounding participants with role models they can (hopefully) look up to. The following are goals that MC is hoping to achieve through this three-day conference.
- Allow students to get in touch with their identities and their histories (Know History/Know Self) Provide resources that allow students to see higher education as a possibility via mentorship and building relationships with college students with shared identities.
- Teach students about mental health and healthy forms of expression to cope with generational trauma .
- Utilize and pursue an education to make positive changes within the community Have students realize their potential outside of hegemonic forms of knowledges via 6 types of cultural capital.
- Boost Self-confidence and ability to thrive potentially via representation and building relationships.