Yearly Archives: 2018

  • #KeepFamiliesTogether

    By Neel Saxena, Executive Director Photos courtesy of Various Sources AALEAD was founded to support refugee youth and families. Refugees who saw their family members, neighbors, friends, and coworkers killed back home or lost during their passage, facing danger from pirates, over-crowded boats, and storms. [caption id="attachment_16406" align="alignleft" width="300"]

    Summer Intern Spotlight: Sharon Rajadurai

    By: Sharon Rajadurai, VA Summer Program Intern Photos courtesy of Sharon Rajadurai Hello all! My name is Sharon Rajadurai and I am this summer’s Virginia Program Intern. I am so excited to be living in Virginia this summer and to be fulfilling this role to the best of my ability.

  • Act To Change: An Awareness Campaign to Address Bullying

    By Ha Nguyen, Development and Communications Associate Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff Every seven minutes, there is an occurrence of bullying. Every day, youth of all ages experience bullying in schools across the country. Bullying may inflict distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social or educational harm. Youth are at a higher risk of being bullied if they are socially isol

  • As we go on, we remember

    By Ha Nguyen, Development and Communications Associate Photos courtesy of Ban Tran and Ha Nguyen   This past Saturday, AALEADers gathered together at the 2nd annual AALEAD Day in Silver Spring Civic Building to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our youth in 5th, 8th, and 12th Grade as they get ready to transition to their next journey.

    Stress Less Week at Poe Middle School

    By Pallavi Rudraraju, VA Middle School Program Coordinator Photos courtesy of Ha Nguyen You may not know it, but May, in addition to being APAHM - Asian Pacific American Heritage Month - is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Thanks to the support of 

    It Takes a Circus To Raise a Child

    By: Vi Bui, Youth Mentoring & Volunteer Programs Coordinator Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff After a week of rainstorms around DC, the Mentoring Programs end of the year barbecue scheduled for this past Saturday had to be canceled. To our luck, we had the chance through charity Tickets For Kids to attend Cirque du Soleil Luzia at Tysons II instead! Although it was last minute change and at a different time than our original planned group even

  • A Journey in Snapshots: AALEAD Youth Take On Philadelphia and Baltimore

    By: Ari Pak, MD Programs Manager Photos courtesy of AALEAD staff   QUIZ: What does the “E” in AALEAD stand for? No cheating! (scroll down for answer!)

    An Internship Reflection: Growing Together with Our Youth

    By: Kenny Lam, DC Elementary School Program Intern Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff Over the duration of my internship I learned how to interact with elementary-aged children in the school environment, in addition to working with AALEAD staff to create age-appropriate lesson plans. My experience with AALEAD has taught me that youth development is not a one-way conversation in which we pour knowledge into children’s brains, but rather a two-way conversation that allows both the youth and t

  • Celebrate Our Stories, Our History

    By Neel Saxena, AALEAD Executive Director Photos Courtesy of Various Sources   Every May, the Asian Pacific American (APA) community gears up for

  • Letters Of Care

    By Saadia Ahmad, DC Elementary School Program Coordinator Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

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