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Our partnerships with local restaurants and shops provide a discount to OCA Pittsburgh members just by showing your current membership card.
China Palace, Monroeville
China Palace, Wexford
Hampton Wealth Management
John's Chinese, Sushi and Thai Cuisine
Lin's Hair Studio
Lotus Food Co.
Old Town Buffet
Pho Kim 88
Red Tea House
Saga Cranberry Township
Sake Asian Cuisine and Sushi Bar
Spice Island Tea House
Wing Fat Hong Oriental Food Market
York Buffet Sushi and Grill
Chinese Dance and Cultural Classes
Unique to OCA Pittsburgh, all members receive access to free Chinese dance classes for girls and teens ages 7-18. In addition to Chinese dance, we also offer free Chinese Yo-Yo, Lion and Dragon dance lessons for boys and teens ages 7-18. Classes have limited space, so please check with our VP of Cultural Affairs for availability (firstname.lastname@example.org). There is a registration and facility rental fee per semester.
OCA Pittsburgh Events
Discounts to all OCA Pittsburgh-sponsored events throughout the year including, Lunar New Year Banquet, OCA Youth Performance Ensemble Showcase, Member picnics and more.
OCA Pittsburgh promotes the United States Congress award for young Americans. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds and participants can earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Every year at our Lunar New Year Banquet, Congressional Awards winners in our OCA Youth are honored on stage and presented their award by the current local congressman. To learn more, please contact our VP of Public Affairs (email@example.com or 412.337.4447).
OCA National Convention
Receive member discounts to attend OCA s annual National Convention. As one of the premiere events of the year for the APA community, not only does it provide workshops, leadership trainings, and special tracks to help educate and increase awareness, but it also provides a welcoming forum to meet and support OCA members and friends.
OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards
Receive member discounts to attend the annual Corporate Achievement Awards in Washington, DC. Through OCA s Business Advisory Council, OCA celebrates APAs in the corporate sector in recognition of their excellence, achievement and leadership.
Receive a complementary subscription to IMAGE Magazine, OCA's semi-annual newsmagazine, which features articles and reports on issues important to the APA community, news from OCA Chapters and Members, and coverage of culture and entertainment.
Receive an email subscription to OCA s E-newsletter an informative monthly e-newsletter highlighting current initiatives and events.
UPS Savings Program — Save on Shipping with UPS! OCA Members can save up to 28%. Make sure to sign up in advance for the UPS discount card which will then be mailed to you. You will use this card as your discount card moving forward. Visit http://www.savewithups.com/oca/ for more information.
AARP Membership Program — OCA is participating in AARP s Community Organization Membership Program, which will provide the gift of AARP membership to employees, members, family, and friends of OCA. Employees, members, family, and friends can take advantage of the following Program Offer: a one-year AARP membership (if they are aged 50+), or for those under age 50, the opportunity to gift a membership to someone that is eligible for membership (age 50+). These memberships will have no cost to the employee, member, family, or friend. There is no cost to the employee, member, family, or friend for this membership. Any future renewals of the membership after the one-year membership are the responsibility of the person receiving membership. Those that renew membership through OCA can do so at a special discounted rate (As of April 2013):
- $15 for a one year membership instead of $16
- $34 for a three-year membership instead of $43
- $47 for a five-year membership instead of $63
- $200 for a lifetime membership.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in redeeming your one-year membership. More information about AARP benefits can be located here: http://www.aarpwelcome.org/ and http://www.aarp.org/benefits-discounts/
Student and Professional Development Programs
APA Y-Advocate (High School) — Launched Fall 2012 semester, APA Youth-Advocate is a State Farm funded, half a day training focused on the development of APA youth in our communities. OCA internship alums will facilitate this training and the program will be brought to local OCA-Chapters. More »
APIA U (College) — The interactive college leadership training program involves hands-on exercises, small group discussions, and presentations led by two qualified APIA facilitators. More »
- APA AMPD (High School) — A 9 month program designed for the Asian Pacific American (APA) rising high school juniors who are on a college preparatory track to receive developmental mentoring and to participate in individual as well as group learning activities.
- Internship Program (College)
Brings Asian Pacific American (APA) students from all around the country to Washington, DC to intern full-time for a federal agency, Congressional office, or partner nonprofit. More »
- Scholarship Program (High School) — Since 1993, OCA has been providing assistance to deserving APA students to pursue their dreams of a higher education through the OCA Scholarship Program. More »
- B3 (Professional) — Build, Breakthrough & Believe is a professional and leadership development program for aspiring Asian Pacific American (APA) professionals interested in taking their personal and professional goals to the next level through leadership development and networking. More »
- Mentoring Asian American Professionals MAAP (Professional) — The program pairs Asian American professionals with experienced leaders in their field. As part of the mentoring process, participants will create a personal strategic plan allowing them to identify ways to achieve their professional as well as personal goals. More »
- JACL/OCA Leadership Summit (Professional) — Brings in 30 participants from the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and OCA to attend a three-day intensive training in Washington, DC. During the training, participants from both organizations have the opportunity to enhance their leadership and coalition building skills by becoming familiar with the political process, while learning critical issues that affect the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. Participants also have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress, the Congressional Asian Pacific Americans Caucus, Administration officials, government agencies, as well as with OCA's and JACL's colleagues in the Washington, DC social justice community. More »
With over 100 chapters and affiliates across the nation, OCA members also have the opportunity to network and build connections both at the community level and at the national level. We encourage you to join OCA Pittsburgh and get involved at events. Members also have the opportunity to get involved in chapter board meetings and at the quarterly National Board meetings as a chapter representative. To become a member, sign up using our member form.
Additional information regarding National programs
This half day program geared towards high school students focuses on the development of APA youth in our communities. Students will:
- Develop leadership skills.
- Build a growing relationship with an OCA local chapter.
- Gain awareness of social justice issues.
- Have an understanding of why it s important to advocate.
The program has been conducted at: OCA-Orange County, OCA-Tucson, OCA-Greater Houston, OCA-Detroit, OCA-Greater Washington, DC, OCA-Tucson, OC.A-St. Louis. Learn more »
APIA U: LEADERSHIP
Knowing that cultural influences impact how one leads, our mission is to provide Asian/Pacific Islander American student leaders and activists with a unique training opportunity which keeps in mind the viewpoints and experiences of APIAs and students of color. The program focuses on the development of leadership and organizational skills that are relevant to APIA campuses and communities.
What is APIA U: LEADERSHIP? The interactive college leadership training program involves hands-on exercises, small group discussions, and presentations led by two qualified APIA facilitators. The one-day training assembles students from each region and focuses on self-awareness, team-building, and direct action organizing. Participants will be asked to challenge themselves, share their experiences, and develop leadership tools in order to effectively serve as catalysts for change.
2013 Campus Venues:
- De Anza College
- University of Missouri
- Sacramento State University
- University of Utah
- Rice University
- University of California, San Diego
- University of Colorado, Denver
- Ohio State University
- Wichita State University
The OCA Internship Program is one of OCA's signature student leadership development programs. OCA intern alumni have become executive directors, legislative staffers, OCA National Executive Council members, and are leaders in the private and public sector. Internship placements are available year-round at the OCA National Center, where students work on OCA's program areas as well as assist with communications and development.
The OCA Summer Internship program brings Asian Pacific American (APA) students from all around the country to Washington, DC to intern full-time for a federal agency, Congressional office, or partner nonprofit. The summer internship program is a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about national issues and policies that affect APAs. In previous years interns have visited Congressional offices where they had an opportunity to meet with Congressional Representatives, APA staffers, and members of the Congressional APA Caucus. Summer interns also have hands-on experience at the offices in which they are placed. All OCA interns receive a stipend. Learn more »
Since 1993, OCA has been providing assistance to deserving APA students to pursue their dreams of a higher education through the OCA Scholarship Program. Recognizing the lack of resources and access to quality education for underserved APA students, OCA has partnered with various foundations throughout the years that are committed in providing educational opportunities to their communities and the future generation of APA leaders.
In 2013 OCA provided the following scholarships:
- OCA-AXA Achievement Scholarship: Since its inception, 84 OCA-AXA Achievements scholarships have been awarded to APA students who have entered their first year of college. In 2011, ten scholarships in the amount of $2,000 were awarded to APA students who demonstrated academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to community service.
- OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship: Since 1999, OCA has partnered with the UPS Foundation to fund the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship. The title of this scholarship program describes how many Asian Immigrants looked upon America as a mountain of golden opportunities for themselves and their families. Awardees of the scholarship seek dreams of higher education, which are not only the dreams of the students but also of their parents and extended family. Since its initiation, the OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship has provided 149 scholarships to APA students who are the first in their family to attend an institution of higher education. This year, 15 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 were awarded.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
- Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
- Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
- Be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2013. Please read each listing for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
- Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15
- Submit one letter of recommendation online.
- Depending on applicants qualifications for any of the OCA Scholarships, scholarship winners may be announced between May and June. OCA will only notify recipients chosen for the scholarship through e-mail or phone, please make sure that you include a valid e-mail address or working phone number.
Launched in 2009, B3: Build, Breakthrough & Believe is a professional and leadership development program for aspiring Asian Pacific American (APA) professionals interested in taking their personal and professional goals to the next level through leadership development and networking.
The goal of this program is to provide relevant professional development, peer networking and mentoring to aspiring APA professionals. Build, Breakthrough, Believe is the three-word mantra of the B3 program and are used as building blocks for the event agenda. Workshops and seminar topics range from personal branding to corporate success tactics and strategies. Learn more »
Mentoring Asian American Professionals (MAAP)
The OCA MAAP program, with the generous sponsorship of UPS, will cultivate the next generation of Asian American professional leaders through mentoring, skills building, and networking. The program pairs Asian American professionals with experienced leaders in their field. As part of the mentoring process, participants will create a personal strategic plan allowing them to identify ways to achieve their professional as well as personal goals.
MAAP is a three-month program with four 1:1 mentoring meetings and two mentoring network sessions. Mentors and mentees are strongly encouraged to meet at least once a month to discuss specific career-building topics. Discussion guides will be provided for each topic. Learn more »
JACL/OCA Leadership Summit
Since 1994, OCA has partnered with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) on this initiative to provide leadership development to chapter leaders across the country. The summit was first established by the JACL in 1984.
The JACL/OCA Leadership Summit brings in 30 participants from the JACL and OCA to attend a three-day intensive training in Washington, DC. During the training, participants from both organizations have the opportunity to enhance their leadership and coalition building skills by becoming familiar with the political process, while learning critical issues that affect the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.Participants also have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress, the Congressional Asian Pacific Americans Caucus, Administration officials, government agencies, as well as with OCA's and JACL's colleagues in the Washington, DC social justice community. Learn more »