Yearly Archives: 2014

  • Food for Thought: Turning Passions into Careers

    By Keo Xiong, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Keo Xiong, MD Middle School Program Coordinator AALEADers love food. They love to eat food. They love talk about food. They love to cook food. They love to create new food dishes. In AALEAD, we spend a lot of time learning about different cultures and peoples through the foods they eat as well. This week, AALEAD youth at Argyle and Parkland Magnet Middle Schools participated in a career workshop to learn how they can turn the

  • Another Addition! Welcome, Shobana!

    Hello, everyone!  My name is Shobana and I have just joined the team at Asian American LEAD as the new DC Middle and High School Programs Coordinator.  I am very excited to be a part of AALEAD and to meet all of my youth! I graduated from the

  • MD Middle School Youth Council Leads the Way!

    By Sevin H., Thanh N., and Sophia Y., MD Middle School Youth Council Members Photos Courtesy of Thanh N. and Sophia Y., MD Middle School Youth Council Members The MD Middle School Youth Council held its first meeting on Saturday, November 22nd. Thirteen youth from 5 different middle schools attended the meeting. These students became Youth Council Leaders through ways of voting, applications, and writing essays. At this meeting, we met the other Youth Council Leaders and played an icebreaker a

  • Message from the Executive Director

    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

  • An Accomplished Morning!

    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

  • The AALEAD Family Grows: Welcome, Chelsea!

    By Chelsea Iorlano, Development & Communications Associate

    Photos courtesy of Victoria Gonçalves (GWU); Kayla Williams, Johnny Aruajo, GW MSSC Media Team

    AALEAD Loiederman Leaders Made Not Born!

    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 Bennis

    This has been AALEAD Loiederman Middle School's anthem since the school y

  • AALEADers Exploring College!

    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

  • AALEAD is FUELing the Legacy!

    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 APIAVote

    These 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

  • Thomson Tales: Thanking our Veterans

    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!

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