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...
Thank you for this amazing journey (of almost five years!) with the AALEAD family! While I am no longer officially an AALEAD staff member, I will never stop being a part of the AALEAD family. I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to meet, get to know...
By Alex, MD HS AALEAD Youth Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff & Youth My name is Alex T. I am a rising 10th grader in the MD HS AALEAD program. This summer, I participated as a youth leader in planning the 4th Annu
On Thursday July 23rd, AALEADers participated in a street cleaning project in Anacostia, partnering with Project Create and Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). Check out this
By Yuanlong, AALEAD DC Youth Photos Courtesy of Mario Acosta-Velez, Verizon, & Tina Ngo, AALEAD Staff Last Tuesday, the Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) DC Middle & High School Summer Program had the opportunity to visit one of Verizon’s central DC facilities. We had already kicked off the summer at Verizon’s DC headquarters by learning about Ki Wilson (a Verizon staff member and AALEAD Board Member) and his career pathway and were excited to see all the technology that he mentioned