Yearly Archives: 2014

  • Halloween Celebrations with MD AALEAD

    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

  • Holiday Park Senior Center Halloween Event!

    By Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager Photos courtesy of Melor Suhaimi Halloween is tomorrow, but MD Middle School AALEADers enjoyed a taste of Halloween last night!  Thirteen MD Middle School youth volunteered at Wheaton, MD's Holiday Park Senior Center for their first annual Halloween dance. The Halloween dance was open to the Senior Center patrons, who regularly attend the Center for recreational activities and meetings.  Our AALEADers were asked to dress in their (not-so-scary!) Hallowee

  • AALEADers Explore Georgetown University!

    By Tina Ngo, AALEAD Staff Photos Courtesy of Tina Ngo, AALEAD Staff This past weekend, seven youth from Asian American LEAD’s (AALEAD) Mentoring Program, MD High School Program, and VA High School Program had the exciting opportunit

  • Message from the Executive Director: Highlights from FY14 and a Great Start to FY15!

    As some of you have already seen on social media, we put together a document sharing some of our exciting highlights from Fiscal Year 2014.  It was quite a year!  From community recognition to expansion of our programs and improved performance management, last year was full of growth for AALEAD as an organization and for AALEAD youth. As this month began FY2015, we are excited to see our youths’ enthusias

  • Montgomery County Service Day

    By Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff During the week of October 18th through October 26th, Montgomery County, MD celebrated Community Service Week and MD Middle and High School AALEADers took part in the celebration this past Saturday on October 25th. Three of our High School youth attended Glen Echo Park's annual Fall Frolic event.  The Fall Frolic event is a Halloween-themed family event where pa

  • Thomson Tales: An Art Exhibition!

    By  Charles Kuo, DC Elementary School Program Site Coordinator & Parent Outreach Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Micah Shearer, 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! [caption id="attachment_10288" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="AALEADers work o

  • AALEADers at Terrapinoy Day!

    By Ari Pak, MD High School Program Coordinator Photos By Filipino Cultural Association of the University of Maryland This past Saturday, AALEADers participated in Terrapinoy Day, an annual exploration of identity, culture, and leadership for middle and high school students hosted by the University of Maryland’s Filipino Cultural Association (FCA). AALEAD was represented by four high school and three middle school youth who boldly engaged in workshops on cultural identity exploration, leadersh

  • Did you know…?: APIA Facts

    By Keo Xiong, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos by Keo Xiong, MD Middle School Program Coordinator

    As our Maryland Middle School youth head into week three of after-school programs, AALEADers at Parkland are starting their lessons on Asian American history and cultures. This week, AALEADers learned about Asian and Pacific Islander American facts. Youth also discussed the use of social media in their everyday lives, and how messages can be conveyed throu

  • International Day of the Girl

    By Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    "On this International Day of the Girl Child, I call on all governments to take action to end all forms of  violence against girls in all parts of the world.  Together, we must create a world where violence against women and girls is never tolerated and girls are always empowered to reach their full potential." --Sec

  • Friends, Food, and Fun at Annual Kick-off Picnic

    By Keo Xiong, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos by AALEAD Staff Despite the dreary weather and gray skies last Friday, over 100 youth and families from AALEAD’s Maryland, D.C., and Virginia middle and high school programs attended the annual kick-off picnic at Wheaton Forest Park in Silver Spring, MD. Hugs and handshakes could be seen everywhere as youth from different schools and across program sites reconnected after a long summer or met for the first time. AALEAD staff also had t

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