Twin Cities Regional Leadership Academy

About the Regional Leadership Academy

The APAICS Regional Leadership Academy is a two-day leadership training event for current elected officials, individuals seeking to run for public office, and community stakeholders. APAICS  partners with local organizations to deliver programming that consists of interactive political training with topics ranging from developing your campaign plan, communications, digital organizing, power mapping, volunteer recruitment and management, and fundraising.

The local partner organizations in the Twin Cities, MN are Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL), Release MN8, The SEAD Project, and Wilder Foundation.


The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a non-partisan, non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office. To learn more about APAICS, please visit:

About Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)

Asian American leaders formed CAAL in 2013 after a series of conversations about the state of the community. It was our assessment that there was not another effort that intentionally brought emerging and experienced leaders from different sectors, age groups, and various ethnic communities together. CAAL was created as a vehicle to organize us towards creating shared agendas that can be collectively advanced, as well as to be a network of support for leaders who want to use their experience, assets, and skills to ensure equity is achieved for all.

Release MN8

#ReleaseMN8 stands to fight against unjust deportations that separates families.

The SEAD Project

The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora) is a community organization on a mission to be an accessible creative hub that provides streamlined workshops and tools to engage and share knowledge in Khmer, Hmong, Lao and Viet diaspora communities. Through safe and welcoming spaces, we hope to grow empowerment to plant the seeds of hope and possibility, locally and globally.

Wilder Foundation

The mission of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is to promote the social welfare of persons resident or located in the greater Saint Paul metropolitan area by all appropriate means including:

  • Relief of the poor
  • Care of the sick and aged
  • Care and nurture of children
  • Aid of the disadvantaged and otherwise needy
  • Promotion of physical and mental health
  • Support of rehabilitation and corrections
  • Provision of needed housing and social services
  • Operation of residences and facilities for the aged, the infirm and those requiring special care

And, in general, the conservation of human resources by the provision of human services responsive to the welfare needs of the community, all without regard to, or discrimination on account of, nationality, sex, color, religious scruples or prejudices.


The academy will take place all day on Friday, August 23 & Saturday, August 24.

There will also be a community reception on the evening of Friday, August 23.


The full schedule will be provided with exact times closer to the event date.

Rough timings are as follows:


Training: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Community Reception: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Training: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


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Cost of Attendance

There is a small fee of $25 to attend the academy. Upon acceptance, program participants will be asked to pay this amount. The fee covers the entire training, breakfast and lunch both days, and the reception on Friday evening.

If you are unable to pay the $25, scholarship options are available.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or individuals who are legally authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer.

Deadline to apply: Monday, August 19, 2019 at 11:59pm CST.

We will notify applicants no later than August 20, if they have been selected.

For additional information, please contact us at or 202-296-9200.

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