BENEFITING: EAST COAST ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT UNION INC
EVENT DATE: Jul 31, 2014
The East Coast Asian American Student Union’s mission is to empower, educate, and inspire those who are interested in Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues. The Friends DO Make a Difference National Leadership Summit is a three day conference hosted by national associations with a common goal to unite the AAPI community, develop leadership among students and young professions, and to combat stigmas and discuss mental health issues.
The National Leadership Summit was hosted at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado from July 30th to August 2nd. It summit focused on mental health within the AAPI community, which has been highly stigmatized and made difficult to talk about within our own communities, professional lives, and families.
This event is a powerful tool that will not only allows this long-needed conversation, but it also allows for issues that are very relevant in school campuses worldwide, such as LGBT issues, suicide, drug abuse, and more, to be discussed.
Please support ECAASU and the participants and donate to alleviate financial hardship for the college students who attended the National Leadership Summit, as they had not anticipated financially to attend this conference. As students, they are in need of funds for the rest of the year.
Your contribution will go directly to help two of our participants, Brandon and Tessa, cover the unanticipated costs of traveling and attending the event.
“The Friends DO Make a Difference leadership summit held at the University of Colorado- Boulder changed my views on topics that I would say most college students, and even the general public, has trouble discussing. Topics such as suicide, substance abuse, and LGBTQ issues, as well as numerous other topics, all contribute to mental health issues. I didn’t fully grasp the stigmas that surrounded these topics until I was sitting with fifteen or so other people, hearing about their own experiences and struggles they had to face. Hearing the presenters and speakers and my fellow participants impacted me in a way that I wasn’t expecting. I wanted to help them, and I want to help those back where I call home, whether that is St. Louis or Columbia or back in the Philippines. I want to be an advocate for those struggling with mental health issues and encourage them to let their voice be heard because there are people that will listen and help.” - Tessa
“Attending the "Friends DO Make A Difference" Leadership Summit not only allowed to me form new friendships with people hundreds of miles away, but it gave me a chance to learn how I can make a difference within my college campus. From learning how to interact with someone who may be suicidal to finding ways to destigmatize concerns surrounding mental health, it was an unforgettable experience to say the least. Through this Summit, I hope to raise awareness to my friends, family, and even people walking on the street. Going to CU-Boulder also gave me the opportunity to share my story and hear other student's stories too. The trip was the highlight of my summer and an experience like no other.” - Brandon