By Shanice Lo, MD Middle School Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Shanice Lo Hello, everyone! My name is Shanice and I’m excited to join AALEAD as a Maryland Middle School Program Coordinator. The past week was really inspiring - I got to know the awesome staff in AALEAD and learn about their interesting stories. Having lunch at Franklin Square in Washington, D.C., coffee chats outside
By Stephanie Lim, Mentoring and Volunteer Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Neel Saxena, Development & Communications Director Hello everyone, I’m excited to join AALEAD as Mentoring and Volunteer Coordinator. I started in this position on August 24th and I’ve been learning so much! The staff has been so welcoming and kind, and it’s been great working alongside them. I’m especially excited to be working with my ma
By Yonsoo Kang, VA Middle School Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Yonsoo Kang Hi everyone! My name is Yonsoo Kang and I am the new Virginia Middle School Coordinator based in Annandale! I'm excited to be part of AALEAD again and to be spreading the wonderful programs this organization has to offer into the VA middle schools. Annandale has a special place in my heart because my father's side of the family lived in that area for decades. Even though I lived in New Jersey until I was ten, I visi
August is a month of transition at Asian American LEAD. Summer programs end and there’s a brief pause before school-year after-school programs begin. During this pause, we typically hold our yearly Staff Retreat before staff take the opportunity for vacation time before the fall. This year was no exception – we had several days for a great staff retreat with fun team-building and thoughtful planning for the year ahead. Central to our staff retreat was discussion of the strategic plan w
By Victor Romos, DC Middle & High School Summer Program Intern Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff Have you ever tried to keep 20 youths' attention during an activity for more than 10 minutes? It's hard. My summer with Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) was fant
By Mylynh Nguyen, Program Director Photos courtesy of Mylynh Nguyen and Chelsea Iorlano It is amazing for me to look back to when my journey began with AALEAD and realize that it has already been two and a half months since I gained this wonderful second family. While the eventful pace of summer programming can be an overwhelming starting point for any newcomer to the team, I feel lucky that the timing of my start allowed me to experience so much activity in such a brief period of ti
It has been a wonderful five years at Asian American LEAD. I have learned so much from AALEAD youth, staff, board members, mentors, and volunteers and I’m so thankful for everyone who has been a part of my AALEAD journey! When I first started with AALEAD in 2010, I worked with the DC Elementary School Program and I immediately connected with the youth, staff, and AALEAD’s mission. I knew at that moment that AALEAD would make a significant impact in my life and it definitely has.
By Pallavi Rudraraju, DC Elementary School Summer Program Intern Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff I distinctly remember the emotions that washed over me when I received Tina’s e-mail offer to join the Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) team for the summer: shock, excitement, eagerness, and a little bit of nervousness. I was thrilled to accept for so many reasons, but mostly because working with AALEAD would mean combining two of my life goals: youth development through teaching and Asian American i
By Hiba Ahmed, MD Summer Program Intern Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff
On the DC Middle & High School Summer Program’s first field trip, we traveled to the Torpedo Factory, located in Alexandria, VA, to learn more about the different variations of art and the people behind all the amazing...