Asian American LEAD’s vision statement that we created this summer is: Asian American LEAD envisions a United States in which low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth, and youth of all backgrounds, are equipped with the tools and opportunities to define themselves and their own futures. Today, I am reflecting on how far away from this vision we are. Today, the United States is not a place where ALL youth are provided the physical and emotional safety they need to be able “t
By Yuanlong, AALEAD DC Student Photos Courtesy of Alex Jue, AALEAD Mentor & Tina Ngo, AALEAD Staff
Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) focuses on three different outcomes: Educational Empowerment, Identity Development, and Leadership. Every year, our youth work towards their leadership goals by participating in various community service activities across the greater DC Metro area. From creating cards for our veterans in the armed forces to volunteering at local hom
By Chelsea Iorlano, Development & Communications AssociatePhotos courtesy of Victoria Gonçalves (GWU); Kayla Williams, Johnny Aruajo, GW MSSC Media Team
By Antwoine Johnson, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager
"The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born - that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born. "
— Warren BennisThis has been AALEAD Loiederman Middle School's anthem since the school y
By: Shaima Ahmad, VA High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Shaima Ahmad, AALEAD Staff This past Saturday, 6 high school students from our Virginia and DC programs attended a college admissions workshop. The workshop was organized collaboratively by the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation and the USPAK Foundation. After a warm welcome, we had lunch and the opportunity to network with the large group of attendees. Shortly thereafter, the program began with introductions and welcomes
By Antwoine Johnson, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff
“As you move forward and plan your day, figure out what issues are important to you and what fuels your fire.”
- Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVoteThese were the words of the first keynote speaker of this year's FUEL Conference, as she encouraged everyone to make the most of the conference and
By Charles Kuo, DC Elementary School Program Site Coordinator & Parent Outreach Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff AALEAD introduces “Thomson Tales”! In this blog series, you will be enlightened with the latest happenings at our DC Elementary School Program at Thomson Elementary School. Now take a deep breath… and prepare to be amazed!
By Ari Pak, MD High School Program Coordinator Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff What's better than free candy? Spending Halloween with MD AALEADers, trick-or-treating for that candy together, and finishing the night off with a movie! The night started out w