Yearly Archives: 2019

  • MD Ignite Summer Orientation Camp Highlights

    By: YLan Nguyen, MD Programs Manager

    Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    To kick off AALEAD Ignite Summer Program, Maryland Summer Youth Program Coordinators (SYPCs) embarked on a long-distance three-day camping trip at Denton Wesleyan Camp in Denton, MD. SYPCs play a key role in the AALEAD Summer Program by being the leaders for program participants as well as supportin

  • MD AALEADers celebrated the end of the school year

    By: Jamie Fleishman, MD Middle School Program Coordinator

    Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    Earlier this month, AALEADers from the Maryland Afterschool Programs came together to celebrate the end of their school year and all of their accomplishments! Youth and their families gathered in AALEAD's new Maryland office at the Nonprofit Village, and enjoyed food, games, and

  • Ignite your Passions

    By: Aaron Orpilla, DC Middle and High School Program Coordinator

    Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    On May 23rd, 2019, DC AALEAD programs held our first annual Ignite Showcase at Bancroft Elementary School. The Ignite Showcase is an opportunity for youth to present, what they’ve learned and experienced this past year and sharing it with the community.

    By: Pallavi Rudraraju, former VA Middle School Program Coordinator

    Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    Hello everyone,

    There’s no easy way to say it: this is my final blog post.

    As I write this post, I feel overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with gratitude, fondness

  • Our Stories: DC Elementary School Youth Council Podcast

    By: Saadia Ahmad, DC Elementary School Program Coordinator

    Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    As a youth worker, you are always amazed by the brilliance, compassion, thoughtfulness, and kindheartedness of young people every single day, and the most recent project by our DC Elementary School Youth Council was nothing short of that.

    By: Anu Sharma, MD High School Program Coordinator

    Video edits and production courtesy of AALEAD youth, and photos and filming courtesy of AALEAD staff

    This spring, AALEAD youth participated in several cooking workshops that brought to life different types of cuisines from Asia, brought here and still serving a meaningful purpose for Asian Americans in term

  • Our Stories Count

    By: Neel Saxena, Executive Director

    Media courtesy of Comcast Newsmakers and Various Sources

    Asian Americans are at risk of losing resources if not incl

  • A Glimpse into VA Youth Led Programs

    By: Liana Shivers and Pallavi Rudraraju, VA High School Program Coordinator and VA Middle School Program Coordinator Photos courtesy of AALEAD staff and various sources Hello everyone! Thank you so much for taking time to check in with VA programs again. We’ve been busy all year, and so have our youth. This time around we want to give you a glimpse at the workshops the youth have led.

    How Volunteers Impact AALEAD

    By: Vi Bui, Youth Mentoring and Volunteer Programs Coordinator

    Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    April was National Volunteer Month and offered AALEAD an opportunity to reflect upon and share out how volunteers are an integral part of executi

  • VAMS Youth Council Explores Ice Cream Flavors!

    By: Amanda C., VAMS Youth Council Member Photos courtesy from various sources Summer is just around the corner, in 57 days to be exact! For many students, summer means, hot and sunny days, pools, no school, vacation time, and my personal favorite; food! There are many different types of treats kids like to eat in the summer, a very popular one being Ice Cream. You probably know about the usual and basic flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, and Mint Chocolate Chip. These are actually the mo

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