By Andrew Yeh, Executive Director of CAPYA

AAPI high school engaging in team building water balloon toss
AAPI high school engaging in team building water balloon toss

On June 28, the Colorado Asian Pacific Youth Association (CAPYA) hosted its annual summer retreat. The retreat kicked off the start of CAPYA’s yearlong high school leadership program. Over the course of a few days, Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school students from all across the Denver metro area engaged in team building, leadership development, personal growth, and small group activities.

Each small group was led by a junior counselor, an incoming college freshmen, who had completed the leadership program in the previous year and a senior counselor, a college student who was previously a junior counselor.

The small groups engaged in discussions, shared AAPI culture, learned various icebreakers, and performed a skit allowing students to open up and feel welcome in a fun and educational way.

The summer retreat also included workshops presented by local community AAPI leaders; the workshops taught students different AAPI stereotypes and identity development skills.

CAPYA’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for AAPI youths. For more information, please visit or e-mail

Fun picture of entire CAPYA retreat