Yearly Archives: 2014

  • AALEAD FY2014 Highlights!

    We had an amazing FY14! Please take some time to check out our highlights below. As we kick off FY15, we truly look forward to another wonderful year. Make sure to stay connected and up-to-date by checking back on our blog and following us

  • Thank You AALEAD

    My experience with all of you has been nothing less than inspirational. I remember the first day I stepped into the Maryland office and was interviewed by a large panel of youth. They asked

  • AALEAD on the Big Screen!

    By Keo Xiong, Middle School Program Coordinator Photos by Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager How many of you can say you have had a video you made be featured on a big screen at a film festival? AALEAD youth can proudly say that they have had this experience! DC Asian Pacific American (APA) Film held its annual film festival this past Thursday, October 2 – Saturday, October 4 at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. The short videos made by AALEAD middle and high school youth as part of the G

  • And So It Begins: The MD Middle School Program

    By Antwoine Johnson, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos by AALEAD Staff Yesterday was the long awaited first day of MD Middle School Programs and what a first day it was. The coordinators and youth alike have been waiting eagerly for this day; to get the ball rolling and to continue to AALEAD tradition of having incredible years and creating incredible memories. From my side, Loiederman Middle School started off with a bang. The day started with formal introductions but as we got more

  • VA High School Programs Kick Off!

    By Shaima Ahmad, VA High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Shaima Ahmad, AALEAD Staff

    The past few weeks have been super exciting for AALEAD’s VA High School program. After many a lunch recruitment session we officially began after school programming this week. The students at Annandale High have shown much interest and have been very keen to find out what AALEAD is all about. The lunch sessions gave the them the opportunity to get more insight about w

  • Message from the ED: September Highlights

    September is always an exciting month at AALEAD.  Our after-school programs start up again with some new youth and returning youth from the summer and the previous year.  After lots of planning, our staff get to do what they do best - which is provide new opportunities to our youth.  This year, we are excited to have launched a brand new after-school program at Annandale High School!  The response from youth there has been awesome.  We are looking forward to serving 50 new youth there this

  • 3…2…1…Clear for Take Off!

    By My Nguyen, AALEAD Staff Photos Courtesy of My Nguyen, AALEAD Staff DC Middle and High School Program has officially blasted off! Two weeks ago, we started our DC Middle and High School Program, and kicked off the first week with team building activities, or simply put, fun activities to help students get to know each other better. With so many new faces joining the program this fall, we began our first meeting with an animal name game. With this game, students gathered in a form of a circle

  • Intern Introduction: Greetings from Dong!

    By Dong Zhou, DC Elementary School Program Intern Photo Courtesy of Dong Zhou, DC Elementary School Program Intern Hello everyone, my name is Dong Zhou, and I am Asian American LEAD's (AALEAD) Fall 2014 DC Elementary School Program Intern! I am currently a college student studying Education at American University. This fall, I am a part of the Washington Mentorship Program, which gives me the chance to intern twice a week to explore my interests and get experiences outside of the classroom.

  • Partners & Pins: AALEAD Mentoring Goes Bowling!

    By Tina Ngo, AALEAD Staff Photos Courtesy of Tina Ngo, AALEAD Staff This past Saturday, the Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) Mentoring Program held our first ever Bowling Social! Ten of our mentoring pairs gathered at Lucky Strike DC for an after

  • MD High School Programs Off to a Running Start!

    By Ari Pak, MD High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff AALEAD's MD High School Program kicked off last week and the generative momentum for the coming year is already impressive. On our first day of programs at both Einstein and Blair High School, youth participated in a contest focusing on teamwork and leadership skills. They were tasked to work together to build a tall structure with a limited number of building materials.

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