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~Awakening of the New Legacy~

3 Days focusing on these topics


Revival of the Forgotten

Celebrating Hmong Culture and History


Listeners Engaging Actively to Develop Excellent Role models

Levitation Through Education

College Access Resources and Educational Motivation & Direction for the NINJA Generation


2nd Annual Hmong Youth Development Conference

~Awakening of the New Legacy ~

North High School • 2416 - East 11th Avenue, North St. Paul, MN • April 29-May 1, 2011


The Hmong Youth Development Conference (HYDC) is currently seeking proposals for the 2nd annual Hmong Youth Development Conference, to be held on April 29th, 30th and May 1st.

About the conference

Independent School District 622, North and Tartan High School is proud to host the 2nd annual Hmong Youth Development Conference. This conference is open to all students, middle school and up. The conference is focused is on three central components to youth development which are; celebrating Hmong culture and history, leadership development and college access.


In the wake of recent historical events that have affected the Hmong community, the loss of important community figures, the economic decline that has directly impacted so many of our families, and the stagnant absence of motivation and direction for our youth, it is now more important than ever to invest in and develop our present and future generation ~ The New Legacy. Our goal is to raise awareness, provide inspiration, direction and resources for our present and future generation so they can effectively contribute to building and sustaining strong communities.

Guided by this year’s theme, HYDC’s three key topics are:

  1. Revival of the Forgotten. Focusing on Hmong Culture and History. Learning, understanding and sharing the Hmong American Journey to build a strong sense of self-identity.

  2. L*E*A*D*E*R: Listeners Engaging Actively to Develop Excellent Role models. Leadership, team building and social awareness tools at all levels to develop all types of leaders.

  3. Levitation through Education: College access resources. Educational motivation and direction to help guide the NINJA (acronym for No Income No Job or Assets) Generation.


Presenters would be presenting to youth in middle school and up. Proposed workshops should incorporate the conference theme around one or more of our topic areas. Listed below are some possible workshop topics and ideas:

Possiable workshops reflecting Hmong Culture and History

  • History lessons on the Secret War, General Vang Pao, stories of my refugee parents

  • Lessons on how to read and write in Hmong

  • Dialogue or presentations on our current community disparities such as; Early marriage, teen pregnancy, gangs and drug use

  • The great Gender Debate or Discussions – traditional norms vs. modern views – perhaps a simulation where traditional genders roles are swapped

  • Hmong games from way back in the day

  • How my Hmongness influences my music, arts and everything about me

  • Addressing religion and culture in our community

  • Tackling the Teenage Hmong Drama: Inter-racial relationships, parent/generational crashes

Possiable workshops reflecting leadership development

  • Understanding power, privilege and the systems that affect us

  • Introduce/educate on social or global issues effecting our Hmong community and what we can do about it

  • How to organize and mobilize a community

  • What is advocacy and civic engagement and why it’s important

  • Tools to be an effective public speaker

Possiable workshops for Levitation through Education:

  • Inside the College Admission Process, College Admission Reps TELL ALL

  • How to Pay for college

  • How to choose which post secondary institution is best for you

  • College student panels

  • What you need to know if you’re interested in getting into an Ivy league, top 10, or private school

  • Breaking down college barriers


  1. All workshops should be no more than 50 minutes in length; however there are limited 2 hour slots available for specific workshops. Please specify if and why you would need 2 hours for your workshop.

  2. Presenters are highly encouraged to present their workshops during all ten 50 minute sessions during Saturday and Sunday. It’s our intention to have all of our participants experience the same workshops. Please see workshop schedule below.

  3. Proposals are due as soon as possible or before April 22nd.

  4. HYDC will be offering a stipend of $25/ workshop, however we are requesting that presenters consider donating their time, it would be greatly appreciate.

If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please complete the following application. Email the application and requested additional materials to: ylee@isd622.org, with the subject heading: HYDC Workshop Proposal Submission.

You can also mail in your application to ylee@isd622.org or mail it to:
North High School

Attention: Ying Lee

2416 E. 11th Avenue

North St. Paul, MN 55109

For more information, please contact: Ying Lee at ylee@isd622.org 651-249-586

Workshop Title:
Name of Presenter(s):

Address: City, State, Zip Code:

Phone: ( ) Email:
Summary or your presentation:

Biography of Speaker(s). Attach a short 1-paragraph bio (100 words or less) for each speaker.

Please check which theme best reflects your workshop
 Hmong Culture and History
 leadership development
 Education/college access

Please check all workshop sessions that you would be available to present at:

Please check which workshop session(s) you would be available for
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011 SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011


Description of Activity



Description of Activity


10:00 – 11:00

Workshop Session 1

11:00 – 12:00

Workshop Session 2

11:00 – 12:00

Workshop Session 7

12:00 – 12:45


12:00 – 12:45


1:00 – 2:00

Workshop Session 3

1:00 – 2:00

Workshop Session 8

2:00 – 3:00

Workshop Session 4

2:00 – 3:00

Workshop Session 9

3:00 – 4:00

Workshop Session 5

3:00 – 4:00

Workshop Session 10

4:00 – 5:00

Workshop Session 6

Audio-Visual Requests. Please check what materials you will need for your workshop:

 Projector and PC

 Laptop (PC)

 Flip chart paper, easel & markers
Please e-mail completed applications to: ylee@isd622.org, with the subject heading: HYDC Workshop Proposal Submission.
You can also snail mail in your application to:

North High School

Attention: Ying Lee

2416 E. 11th Avenue

North St. Paul, MN 55109

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