Yearly Archives: 2018

  • Staff Spotlight: Liana Shivers

    By Liana Shivers, VA High School Program Coordinator

    Photo courtesy of Liana

    Hi Everyone, my name is Liana Shivers and I am the new VA High School Program Coordinator for AALEAD, and I am uber excited to be part of the AALEAD community! I was born in Delaware, but pretty much grew up in Virginia. I recently graduated from George Mason University with a degree i

  • Saying Goodbye to 2018 at MD Holiday Party

    By YLan Nguyen, MD High School Program Coordinator
    Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    Last week, AALEAD Maryland Programs celebrated the end of the year at our Annual Winter Holiday Party. Youth from across MD middle schools and high schools gathered for an evening of community, joy, and celebration. The theme for this year’s Holiday Party derived from the overall program theme - “Ignite: Discover Your Passions.”

  • Promises Kept: Thomson Family Reunion

    By Saadia Ahmad, DC Elementary School Program Coordinator

    Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    Every holiday season is a beautiful reminder to appreciate simple joys and be thankful for all the good things in life. Often times, we let little things stop us from seeing clearly and cloud our vision. But it’s gratitude that gives us energy and power to keep moving on and t

  • The New Kids on the Block: AALEAD expands programming to Arlington, VA

    By Neel Saxena, Executive Director

    Photos courtesy of Various Sources

    Over the past 10 years, Asian American LEAD went from a local youth development organization to the

  • Discover your passion with the 7th Annual AALEAD APA Youth Summit

    By Ha Nguyen, Development & Communications Associate

    Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    On November 17, 2018, over 40 High School youth in the DMV area gathered around the Freer | Sackler Gallery of Art to participate in the 7th Annual AALEAD APA Youth Summit.

    The theme of AALEAD programming this year is

  • VA Middle School IGNITES the 2018-2019 After School Programs

    By Pallavi Rudraraju, VA Middle School Coordinator

    Photo courtesy of AALEAD VA MS youth

    Hello everyone!

    I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family. Today I wanted to give you a sneak peek into VA Middle School programs this school year. We have had a plethora of worksho

  • Staff Spotlight: Jamie Fleishman

    By Jamie Fleishman, MD Middle School Program Coordinator

    Photo courtesy of Jamie

    Recently, Jamie has joined AALEAD’s Maryland Office as a Middle School Program Coordinator! To learn more about Jamie, read her Q&A responses!

    Highlights from DC Elementary School Program

    By Nadiah Widodo, DC Elementary School Program Teacher; Saadia Ahmad, DC Elementary School Program Coordinator; and Charles Kuo, DC Programs Manager

    Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    A Cultural disPLACEment

    By Neel Saxena, Executive Director

    Photo courtesy of Taquiena Boston

    On Thursday, October 18, 2019, Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) connected with the Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) to help celebrate their 20th Anniversary with a tour of DC’s Chinatown and share #ThisFireBurnin inside youth whose history has been erased and ignored. CHF advocates for racial eq

  • “I potentially want to be that adult that I needed in High School.”

    By Aaron Orpilla, DC Middle & High School Program Coordinator; and Iftakhar Alam, Communications Intern

    Photo Courtesy of Aaron Orpilla

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