My Journey To Youth Work

By: Saadia Ahmad, DC Elementary School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff “But you’re a fashion designer, how come you’re teaching?” “Don’t you want to pursue designing/continue working in a field you went to school for?” “Youth work is such a different career path, don’t you miss designing?” And the list goes on… Hello […]

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The 3 Most Important Things I’ve Learned About Youth Work in 3 Months

By: Mecca McPherson, MD Middle School Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff I had just arrived off the metro from a closing shift at work, when I saw the email notification. I read good news – my application to intern with Asian American LEAD had been accepted! During orientation, I met the other interns and […]

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Standing together with ALL youth!

“Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use, and the regular exercise of choosing kindness over cruelty would change us.” -Gandhi By: Neel Saxena, Executive Director Photos Courtesy of Various Sources This past Tuesday, the current administration announced the end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), thrusting the hopes and dreams of […]

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Lessons Taught, Lessons Learned: What Young People Taught One Youth Worker

By Keo Xiong, Former AALEAD Staff Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff In August 2013, I packed into my new Scion XB a few bags of clothes, some books, photo scrapbooks, and a few snacks, and hit the road on a three day road trip from St. Paul, MN to Washington, D.C. to begin my new […]

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