Yearly Archives: 2015

  • DC MS/HS Update: The Past Six Months

    By Shobana Modur, DC Middle and High School Program Coordinator Photos by AALEAD staff

    In December 2014, I was brought on as the new DC Middle and High School Program Coordinator.  Almost immediately, I was thrown into all the holiday party craziness, met AALEAD’s dedicated staff and board members, and was introduced to the DC AALEAD youth.  What struck me instantly was how they all took me in like family!

    Over the course of six months, DC Middle and High School

  • Bancroft Bulletin: AALEAD Heroes of K-2nd Grade Honored in Mt. Pleasant Youth Arts Fair

    By Madeline Sumida, Elementary Program Teacher & Site Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Madeline Sumida

    The Kindergarten through second grade AALEAD team earned artistic accolades for the class submission to the 15th Annual Mt. Pleasant Youth Arts Fair. At a special reception held at the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, judges announced that the AALEAD artwork had earned 15 out of 15 possible points and a prominent display in the children’s section

  • Youth Media Project: Upstanding Upload

    By Sharon Choi, Development & Communications Manager Aaannd, AALEADers are back with their second youth media project! We partnered again with the Gandhi Brigade to mobilize youth to create film projects around cyber civility. Last year, our youth created two videos around stereotypes and 

    AALEAD at Fiesta Asia DC 2015!

    By Chelsea Iorlano, Development & Communications Associate Photos Courtesy of Chelsea Iorlano This past Saturday, May 16, Asian American LEAD joined the festivities at Fiesta Asia DC.  161 youth, staff, and mentors came out to represent AALEAD and celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the 10th annual Fiesta Asia street festival!

    Thomson Tales: AALEAD Flea Market

    By Justin Fogata, Elementary Program Teacher Photos Courtesy of Justin Fogata

    “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which [youth can] deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”  -Paulo Freire
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  • AALEADers Meet with Varun Ram!

    By Sharon Choi & Chelsea Iorlano, AALEAD Staff Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    Last Friday, May 8, AALEADers had an amazing opportunity to meet with the Un

  • Bancroft Bulletin: Little Things Make a Big Difference

    By Madeline Sumida, Elementary Program Teacher & Site Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Madeline Sumida The Bancroft Kindergarten through second grade crew learned that the smallest creatures do some of the most important jobs on the planet. We kicked off the unit with an April Fools Day gag. I taught a mini lesson on earthworms—how these animals help make good soil by ingesting soil and enriching the soil with their excrement. Then I brought out some little cups filled with dirt and told th

  • Weekend Adventures at the White House

    By Yuqiong L., Current AALEAD Youth Photos Courtesy of Tina Ngo, AALEAD Staff At the end of last month, I went on the White House Spring Garden Tour and visited the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Ga

  • Eastern MS AALEADers: Time Flies

    By Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager Photos courtesy of Melor Suhaimi When asked to think of one word to describe AALEAD, Eastern Middle School AALEADers answers varied from "fun," "family," "laughs," to "home." The school year is almost coming to an end and time definitely flies by! This school year, AALEAD at Eastern introduced new 6th graders to the program, AALEADers participated in various in-class student service learning projects, and overall created a strong family bond. A memorable

  • Fear The Turtle: AALEAD Heads to MD Day 2015!

    By: Antwoine Johnson, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD students

    Maryland we're all behind you, Raise high the black and gold. For there is nothing half so glorious, As to see our team victorious. We've got the team boys, We've got the steam boys, So keep on fighting, don't give in! M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D Maryland will win

    The MD fight song is iconic in the sense that anyone who hears it that has the pride and spirit of

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