Call for Nominations: 2021-2022 FAPAC Future Star Program
In support of Executive Order 13583 on establishing a coordinated government-wide initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the Federal workforce, the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), including NIH, FDA and Parklawn chapters, was excited to launch the Future Star Program (FSP) in 2019. This will be the second year of FSP to offer individual mentoring and career counseling for high schoolers to promote professional development opportunities and expand the program across all FAPAC chapters.
FSP is open to all Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) high school students and aims to assist the next generation of young AANHPIs for youth internship opportunities, training, and volunteer opportunities in federal, state, and local governments. The FSP program is focused on the development of leadership skills for the individuals and promotes contribution to the community. FSP will help attract the best and talented young generation AANHPI leaders into the 21st century public service workforce, improve workforce diversity, and serve the American people. The first-year program was successfully carried out from October 2019 through September 2020. We are currently accepting the applications for the second cohort. The program is anticipated to run from July 2021 to August 2022.
The FSP is a tuition-free program that offers high school AANHPI students pairing with senior government employees (GS14 equivalent or above) in federal, state, or local government through mentorship. There will be monthly communication with a minimum four face-to-face meetings in a year. Fellows are responsible for fulfilling all components of the FSP for successful completion of the program, which includes a community project with all the fellows in the same cohort. Both mentors and mentees should reserve a minimum of 12 hours of individual mentoring sessions. Optional workshops may be provided. The mentor will provide practical mentorship and career development advice for the AANHPI students and assist them in overcoming significant barriers to attain career development opportunities (e.g., internship, summer training camp) in competitive environments. The mentors will also demonstrate a typical public service environment to the students, and help the student set higher career goals. The FSP will conclude with a Certificate of Future Star from FAPAC after one year and the opportunity for competing for FAPAC Future Star award presented in May AANHPI Heritage Month.
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To submit a nomination, email your parent-sponsor form, a copy of Curriculum Vitae and a career goal essay (word limit: 200) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit complete package by April 30, 2021. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
For more information, check out the 2019-2020 FSP community project at https://www.covid9teens.org/.
For further questions, contact FSP Executive Officer, Ye Yan at email@example.com.