Yearly Archives: 2014

  • AALEAD High School Youth Reflect on their Leadership Experience

    By Francine Gorres, MD Programs Manager Photo Courtesy of AALEAD Staff Before the start of Summer Programs, High School students applied and were interviewed to become group leaders and mentors for Middle School youth in the AALEAD Summer Kinect Program.  As part of the experience, High School youth participated in daily de-brief meetings to process their leadership development and to formulate action steps for improvement.  This past month we were able to review and analyze some End of the S

  • Staff Spotlight: Her Name Rhymes with “Meow!”

    By Sharon Choi, Development & Communications Manager Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff & Youth Keo joined the AALEAD family in August 2013, hailing all the way from Minnesota. When she’s not busy supporting AALEADers an

  • Summer Memories and New Beginnings!

    By Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff Summer unofficially ended in Maryland during the last week of August with many Maryland students going back to school.  However, with the heat and humidity, it still feels like summer and it made me feel a bit nostalgic. This summer was filled with great memories in Maryland's Summer Kinect program, a bittersweet goodbye for our colleague, Francine Gorres, and a huge welcoming for 2 brand new staff members, Ari Pak and Shai

  • Summer Kinect: A Special Thank You!

    By Francine Gorres, MD Programs Manager Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff Even though Summer is coming to an end, we are still remembering fond memories about our Summer Kinect program. As part of the Summer High School Program, high school students received workshops on college resources, college tours, and financial aid.

    AALEAD’s DC Office Moves!

    Our AALEAD DC Office has officially moved! We are now located just outside of Chinatown at 1029 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 810. AALEAD's new DC office is now at a more permanent and traditional office space as all of our programs are offsite and in the schools and community. Through this major transition, we are committed as ever in our ongoing support of low-income and underserved Asian American youth in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. None of our programming

  • Message from the ED: A Month of Transition & Planning

    August is when the DC region slows down.  But not totally at AALEAD!  Our staff do get to take a break between summer and school-year programs, but August is also always a busy time with transitions and organization-building activities. This August, we continued to work on our next 3-year strategic plan for FY15 - FY17.  We will be sharing more on that in the fall once our plan is finalized. We held our Annual Staff Retreat August 5-7.  We had a very productive retreat with all staff parti

  • DC Students Explain What AALEAD Means To Them

    By My Nguyen, DC Middle & High School Program Coordinator Photo Courtesy of AALEAD Staff For the past few months, I’ve been working with a group of middle and high school students, and during my time with them, I have been able to witness the growth that some of these students displayed through programs. I have been consistently impressed with all of our youth, and would like to mention three high school students who have emerged as leaders of our program and serve as role models to our

  • Staff Spotlight: He’ll Tell You Something Good!

    By Sharon Choi, Development & Communications Manager Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    Only having been with us since April 2014, AALEAD's Parent Outreach Coordinator, Charles Kuo, has already made such an impact, not only on our parents, but on our youth, too. If you ever come by our offices or programs, you won't ever miss Charles! He always has a smile on his face and brings amazing energy to AALEAD. Read on, to get to know him a bit better!
  • Summer Kinect Reflection: Haiku Poems

    By AALEAD Youth Photos by AALEAD Staff As youth slowly say good bye to summer vacation and prepare to go back to school to begin another year of learning and growth, we reflect back on their experiences in AALEAD's Summer Kinect program in Montgomery County, MD. To close out the summer program, AALEADers wrote haiku poems about their time with friends, on field trips, and favorite memories. Below are some of these poems: By Team Sprinklers Small group we might be <

  • MD Summer Kinect Finale!

    By Antwoine Johnson, AALEAD Staff Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff & Interns Two weeks ago, we had our final week of AALEAD's MD Summer Kinect program. What a program we had this summer! This year was made extra special by the fact that AALEAD was able to serve 85 students! We were able to give our youth many opportunities to experience new things they otherwise may not have had a chance to.  Youth went to the Comedy Spot to learn improvisation skills, learned and discussed mental health is

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