OCA National Programs

AARP Tax Aide
AARP Foundation offers low and moderate income taxpayers with free, individualized, and no-strings-attached tax assistance and preparation services through their volunteer run Tax-Aide program. In 2014, 35,000 compassionate volunteers at over 5,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $257 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.
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APA Y-Advocate
Launched Fall 2012 semester, APA Youth-Advocate is a State Farm® funded, half-day interactive training focused on equipping our youth with skills to enhance their personal lives as well as providing them a stronger platform before going to college. OCA internship alums facilitate this advocacy training which is brought to local OCA Chapters. The half day program focuses on the development of APA High School youth in our communities. OCA — Asian Pacific American Advocates has opened Fall applications for their youth advocacy training program.
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APA AMPD (Advocacy - Mentoring - Pride - Democracy)
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. The first generation pre-collegiate API students will be paired with adult mentors who will volunteer at least 1 – 2 hours per month to engage in helping dialogue to explore current and future issues of interest, i.e. navigation/negotiation strategies based on social identity, career/personal development planning, personal branding, networking, and leadership. Additionally, the mentoring pairs will conduct a community needs assessment together to identify key advocacy opportunities to address social justice issues. The service learning component of this program will seek to provide the participants in hands-on civic engagement and advocacy as a team in partnership with other mentoring participants.
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APIA U: Leadership Training
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.
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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.
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OCA understands the importance of supporting the next generation of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) and hosts a number of leadership development programs designed specifically for APA youth. Based on the belief that education is a process that begins at birth and continues throughout one's life, OCA's programs aim to create a solid foundation from which our youth can grow.
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B3: Build, Breakthrough & Believe
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.
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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.
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JACL/OCA Leadership Summit
The JACL (Japanese American Citizenship League)/OCA Leadership Summit is an intensive three day civil rights and advocacy seminar in Washington, DC that introduces Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders, advocates, and students to foundational and advanced advocacy strategies. It also provides 15 OCA and 15 JACL members an opportunity to meet members of Congress, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Administration Officials, Government Agencies, as well as APA social justice leaders in Washington, DC.
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