Speak and Lead with Pride

Improve your public speaking and leadership skills today!

The San Mateo County Chapter of OCA is now accepting applications for its premier Speak and Lead with Pride program for the 2022 year! This is a hands-on course designed to teach the art of public speaking and leadership skills to high school students. Over the course of 6 weeks, participants will gain remarkable confidence in their public speaking and leadership abilities. The course concludes with a recognition ceremony and speech contest for a $500 cash prize.

When: Six Saturdays, 10am - Noon
Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, Mar. 5, & Mar. 12, 2022

Recognition Ceremony & Speech Contest
– Wednesday, Mar. 16, 6-8:30pm
Where: San Carlos Library
2nd Floor
Meeting Room A&B
610 Elm St., San Carlos, CA 94070
Cost: Free for all students! 100% financed by OCA San Mateo

Applicants must be high school students who identify as being Asian Pacific American (APA)/Asian Pacific Islander (API/AAPI). Applicants must also commit to attend all six Saturday classes plus the Recognition Ceremony and Speech Contest, scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, March 16. 2022.

• Vaccinations are not required
• Weekly testing prior to class is recommended, but not required
• Facemasks/face coverings are required indoors unless actively eating/drinking
• Social distancing will be enforced—class sizes will be smaller than previous years

Applicants must submit a recommendation letter from their school counselor or teacher and their latest school transcript.

Application Checklist:
1. High school transcript (official or unofficial)
2. Letter of recommendation from teacher or counselor
3. Writing the required prompt: How will public speaking and leadership skills help enhance your educational, career, or personal goals?(no more than 1 page)

Application Flyer in Adobe PDF Format

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 14, 2022

Photos and Videos From Previous Years

2010 San Mateo Speak and Lead Winner
Jennifer Kao Speaking at the
2010 OCA National Convention