Camp 2004


7th Youth Leadership Development Camp


Location: Camp Cuyamaca,  Descano, California, USA
Date: May 26 - 29, 2006
Camp Master: Như An Huỳnh, San Diego, CA
Number of Camper: 200

Keynote Speaker

Madison Phuong Nguyen was elected to the Board of Trustee of Frankin McKinley School District, San Jose, CA in 2002. Of 85 Asian Americans who were elected to office, Madison is one of four Vietnamese Americans, and the first Vietnamese woman holds elected office.

Madison and her family came to America in 1979 when she was 4 years old. Growing up in America, Madison is active in voluntary, social, and political areas. She has been President of the Vietnamese Students Association while she was in college, and co-founder and executive director of Vietnamese-American Center in San Jose since 2000.  Madison Nguyen finished her undergarduate study with honors in History at Santa Cruz University (UCSC), and continued to finish her Master’s 2 years later in Sociology at Chicago University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Social Science at UCSC.  After graduating from college, Madison had the opportunity to work as an intern at the Office of Federal Governmental Relations in 1997. All of her activities later focus on community, voluntarism and social issues. She also has volunteered to teach English (ESL) for Vietnamese college students in Hanoi, Vietnam in 1996.  Madison primary areas of interest are political empowerment in the Vietnamese Community, class and Identity, Youth Culture and Development, Community Organization, and Nonprofit Management. When asked why she had chosen Madison for her name, Madison said, she likes the name because she very much admired the fourth president of the United States, James Madison; he is also one of the founding fathers. Secondly, because it is a sophisticated name. J.D. Hokoyama:President & CEO—Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)

J.D. Hokoyama currently serves as President and CEO and a founding Board member of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), Inc. LEAP is a national, non-profit, non-partisan, educational, community-based organization founded in Los Angeles in 1982 to develop, strengthen and expand the leadership roles played by Asian Pacific Americans within their own communities as well as in mainstream institutions. As LEAP's chief executive officer, he is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization.


LEAP's mission to achieve full participation and equality for all Asian Pacific Americans through leadership, empowerment and policy is being realized through its innovative Leadership Management Institute (LMI), the newly created Community Development Institute (CDI) and through the creation of the Asian Pacific American Public Policy Institute (APAPPI).  Mr. Hokoyama's current community affiliations and involvement include: vice chair, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans; treasurer, National Immigration Forum; board member, Independent Sector; board member, Alliance for Nonprofit Management; member, Asian Pacific Islander American Advisory Committee, Gates Millennium Scholars Program; founding member, National Diversity Network; founding member, National Voices for an Inclusive 21st Century (Anti-Defamation League, LEAP, National Conference for Community and Justice, National Congress of American Indians, National Council of La Raza, National Italian American Foundation, National Urban League); advisory board member, Academy for Educational Development "New Voices" fellowship program; advisory board member, Asian Pacific Exchange; advisory board member, Asians for Corporate and Community Action, Pacific Bell. He and Therese have two daughters, Kristin Chiemi and Lauren Emiko.
Resource Staffs
Mr. Nguyen, Ngoc Bao chairman of the Board of Directors, VCSA
Dr. Vu Pham Consultant of LEAP
Mr. Glenn Kawafuchi Vice President of Leadership, LEAP
Ms. Linda Akutagawa Director of External Relations, LEAP
Mr. Watkins, Jeff Executive Director of YMCA International Services.


Special Guests

Mr. Andy Quach Pro-Temp Mayor, City of Westminster, California
Mr. Lan Q. Nguyen Vice President of Board of Education, City of Garden Grove, California
Mr. Van Thai Tran Pro-Temp Mayor, City of Garden Grove, California