UCA Summer University

2021 UCA Summer University

Chinese American Youth Leader Program

June 21 – 29, 2021

We are excited to announce the launch of UCA Summer University, a program designed to catalyze the next generation of Chinese American youth leaders.

Cultivating Chinese American youth leaders is a critical mission of the United Chinese Americans (UCA). To ready our youth to fully participate in American public, political and civic life and to prepare them for a smooth transition from high school to a rewarding college life and a challenging world, UCA has specifically designed this long-awaited, certified training program for Chinese American high school and college students.

At UCA Summer Universtiy (USU), the students will be provided with special training and networking opportunities; they will meet and interact with prestigious Chinese American scholars, educators, entrepreneurs, elected officials, and civic leaders.

This program offers one week of virtual class training and activities. Our exciting offerings include 8 to10 well-prepared lectures delivered by top-notch, inspiring speakers who possess profound real-world experience and wisdom. The lectures, with a total of 16-20 hours, cover 8-10 crucial subject matters. Throough USU, Our students will gain insight into critical issues that they do not always have the opportunities to learn about at school or at home. For parents, we believe this is the best gift you can give to your college-bound children or to those already in college. And for a Chinese American youth, this can be the most rewarding few hours you could spend for this summer!

What are specific class schedule and topics?
What can students get out of the program?
Students will gain knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas such as identity formation, civic engagement, inter-generational dialogue, social entrepreneurship, media literacy, and campaigning. They will be a unique cohort of Chinese American youths who will create alliances with their diverse communities and become agents for positive social change. In culmination, students will also have the opportunity to translate the knowledge and skills into their own multimedia “Capstone Project” under the mentorship of a certified PBS media educator.
More exciting news–
  • All students will be awarded a “Certificate of Achievements” at the end of the USU.
  • Each of the top five students will be awarded a scholarship of $500.
  • All media submissions by high school students will be published on the online nationwide showcase of KQED. Select submissions will be aired on KQED broadcasts and shared with partner PBS and NPR stations around the country.

Students will participate in Youth Media Challenges offered by KQED Learn, which has shown statistically significant improvement on students’ Common Core-aligned literacy skills

Eligibility, Cost and Registration
  • All high school students (including rising college freshmen) are eligible to apply.
  • Deadline to apply: June 18, 2021
  • Cost: $125 (general public); $100 (UCA members and partner organizations)
  • To apply and register, please use the following link: Register 2021 UCA Summer University 
  • For inquiries, please contact UCA Youth Program Director Hong Qi at hong.qi@ucausa.org.