Young Leaders Symposium

See highlights from our 2019 YLS below

Our 8th Annual AAPI Young Leaders Symposium was a huge success!


– Commissioners Philjay Somera Solar, Vira Douangmany Cage, Nate James Bae Kupel, Vanna Howard, Mabel Lam, and staff members Brooke Kamalani and Jay Wong a strong team effort throughout the day! As well as former Commissioners Elisa Choi and Kimberly A. Trương for stopping by to show your support!

– All of our speakers/workshop facilitators, Tony DelaRosa, Tram-Anh Nguyen, Tanvee Varma, Cordelia Zhong, Harris Zhao, Kelly Shan, and Adam Gianan.

– All of our AAPI Professionals & volunteers!

– All of our event, scholarship, and food sponsors: Enterprise BankNAAAP BostonYuri Kochiyama Cultural Center, Commissioner Mabel Lam, WGBHDouble ChinTea Do – BostonSweet Waffles + BobaFoodega

Congratulations to our scholarship winners, Lina Huang, Linh Huynh, Anne Marie Porter, lily Tang, Jiajia Zhang! Thank you to all of our applicants this year. It was incredibly difficult to decide on our winners among our record number of applications this year. We hope you will all continue to be advocates for the AAPI community!


WGBH Education Foundation is pleased to issue a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for an incoming or current college student to use towards their undergraduate education expenses.

The AAC has two secondary scholarship awards each in the amount of $500. This scholarship is annually awarded to AAPI students who have demonstrated a strong sense of public service their communities. The scholarship committee will determine which applicants get awarded the scholarships listed above.

Additionally, we have two scholarship awards in the amounts of $500 and $250, respectively. These scholarships were gifted to the Commission in 2019 by Asian American Commissioner, Mabel S. Lam, PhD, in memory of her mother, May Thin Suey-Lew Lam, and her father, Chuck Hai Lam. In the short 51 years of her life, May was a strong community supporter and advocate. In his long life of 89 years, Chuck assisted many families and friends who were immigrants. In honor of May and Chuck and their work, we will consider applications from high school seniors or college students who wish to continue their studies towards a career in health, human, or social services and/or in civic engagement. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated passion for giving back to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Massachusetts.