Love Your Heart

February is American Heart Month and in observance of Valentine’s Day, AALEAD’s Executive Director, Neel, writes a special blog post about our Asian American Heart.

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An afternoon of discussion at Annandale HS

Today, we wanted to shine a spotlight on the Annandale High School youth who have been pretty busy as of late. The latest workshop we had focused on racism and Orientalism in Hip-Hop music. Together we discussed the ideas of cultural appropriation versus cultural exchange, and how appropriation possesses a difference in power dynamics that is not inherent in cultural exchange.

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Intern Spotlight: A final reflection!

For the past months in the Fall semester, Aaron & Zesen had been interning with our DC Programs team under the supervision of Charles Kuo, our DC Programs Manager. Aaron & Zesen are both currently attending School Without Walls High School in DC, and both have participated in AALEAD Programming previously when they were younger. As Aaron & Zesen wrapped up their internship, they also spent some time reflecting on their journey with AALEAD.

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AALEAD Mentoring On the National Stage

As National Mentoring Month 2019 comes to a close, mentoring professionals from all across the country convene for the annual National Mentoring Summit in AALEAD’s backyard, Washington, DC January 31 to February 1. This coming Friday, our Mentoring Staff will be presenting our workshop, titled “What’s Culture Got to Do With It? – Effective Practices to Working with Asian American Youth and Families.” We are excited to be bringing practitioner experiences in Asian American communities to the spotlight as the mentoring field becomes more diverse and moves towards the culturally relevant practice of critical mentoring.

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