The Asian American Leadership and Education Conference (AALEC) is a two-day weekend conference held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, that gives high school students the opportunity to build a network of friends while participating in educational workshops, listening to motivational keynote speakers, and most importantly, building exceptional leadership skills that will aid them in the future. AALEC is a conference run by students FOR students; it is the only conference of its kind in the Southwest  region of the United States.

AALEC’s goal is to encourage youth to make a difference in their community while allowing them to embrace and learn about their identity. AALEC aims to successfully bridge the cultural gap that continues to challenge and inspire the Asian American community today. Past speakers have been professional, inspirational, and successful Asian Americans, including Lisa Ling, former co-host on ABC’s The View; Jin, rapper and recording artist; Kristi Yamaguchi, US Olympic Gold Medalist figure skater; Far East Movement, mainstream pop artist; Victor Kim, America's Best Dance Crew champion; and KevJumba, Youtube star.

We are looking for students who are academically-focused and are leaders in their community, and students of all races are invited to apply! If you are a high school student, please fill out the Participant Application. If you are a college student, please fill out the HBL Application.  If you are a college student but cannot commit to the entire event, please fill out the Volunteer App.

This year's conference will be on February 24-25, 2012. Unlike the past, AALEC 2012 will be starting at a later time--6pm. (No more missing school!) 

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