Our theme for this year’s Fourth Annual Youth Leadership Conference: “Reach for the Stars”, which is in line with our Motto: Engage, Educate, Empower, Inspire!
Every year in May, we celebrate the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to pay tribute to the contributions the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders have made to our American history, economy, society, and culture. I encourage each and every one of you to continue to make a difference, bring back family values, be proud of your heritage, culture, customs, and tradition, learn and speak your language, respect everyone, celebrate diversity, share your God-given talents, uphold the dignity of labor, commit to excellence, light the torch for the next generation, see greatness in yourself as well as others, and help make our nation great again!
If you’re in a leadership role, take the initiative to implement what you’ve learned today, be the best that you can be, and “Reach for the Stars”! As John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
With humility of purpose and doxology of gratitude, I am proud to serve our community with you!
Salve Vargas Edelman