Thai Embassy hosted a Reception to Celebrate Thai-American Youth Empowerment

On 5 August 2022, the Royal Thai Embassy and the US-Asia Institute hosted a graduation ceremony and reception for the Thai-American youths participating in the Thai-American National Internship Program (TANIP). The ceremony featured opening remarks from H.E. Manasvi Srisodapol, Ambassador of Thailand to the United States; Mr. Glenn Lau-Kee, Chairman of the US-Asia Institute; and participants of the 2022 TANIP program. In his remarks, the Ambassador took the opportunity to highlight the importance of TANIP program as well as the unique role Thai-Americans play in promoting Thai community empowerment and people-to-people relations between Thailand and the United States.

This webinar capped off the 2022 Thai-American National Internship Program (TANIP), a youth empowerment and professional development program created to provide an opportunity for Thai-American youths to gain a firsthand look at the American government and political system in Washington D.C., and to reflect on the role they, as future leaders, might play in promoting Thai community empowerment and fostering Thai-U.S. relations.

The reception was held at the Royal Thai Embassy for the participants, their family, their mentors, as well as those who had made this year’s program possible. TANIP participants took turn sharing their internship experiences, their personal journey as Thai-Americans, as well as the role they envisioned for themselves in public services.

At the end of the program, Ambassador Manasvi Srisodapol and Mr. Glenn Lau-Kee awarded Certificates of Achievement to TANIP participants and Certificates of Appreciation to Office of Senator Tammy Duckworth (Illinois), Office of Congressman Dan Kildee (Michigan), Office of Congressman Jamie Raskin (Maryland) and the House Democratic Caucus as a token of appreciation for hosting TANIP participants this Summer.

Joining us on this year’s program were Rosalyn Bejrsuwana and Praeva Srisawat from California, Aoy Staples from Maryland, and Jennifer Davis from Virginia. All had completed their internship with great success.