Hi! My name is Kaileigh, and I am the summer intern for the Maryland office. I am currently a senior at the University of Maryland and a Government and International Politics major. During my first two years at UMD I was part of the Global Communities Living and Learning Program and got to live with international and exchange students from all around the world, which was such an exciting experience! I found out about AALEAD through a class project and now I can’t wait to use all I learned all while spending an awesome summer working with the Summer ME and the High School Summer Youth Leadership program! In my free time I enjoy painting, photography, and traveling to as many different places as possible!
Hi! My name is Marjan Khan and I am currently a senior at Montgomery Blair High School. I am currently interning with Ryan Ball with the Digital Connectors program. I have been with AALEAD for 6 years so far and am currently going for my 7th year in AALEAD. In general AALEAD has been my output and I have grown as a student.
Outside of AALEAD I am very studious and hard-working. I enjoy basketball and football. Overall I am very outgoing and enthusiastic. I am very goal oriented, so see myself to be a leader in the future. I can’t wait to see what this summer holds for all of staff and students! Hope I get to meet you all!
Week Two of Summer ME 2012, over already?! Due to power outages and the 4th of July holiday, Summer ME 2012 was only able to meet once last week, but of course, we made our one day during Week Two count like no other!
Summer ME AALEADers pushed themselves to perfect their push-ups (and even drilled our HS Coordinator Francine in the process!). They participated in a nutrition workshop where they learned how to read nutrition labels on food items we see every day at the grocery store and at home. Their new-found knowledge was tested with an energetic game of Jeopardy (AALEAD-style of course. In other words, LOTS of energy). Students also had a test taste of fruits from different Asian cultures (see delicious photos below!). AALEADers were also lucky to have our volunteer Katrina teach an awesome dance workshop. Make sure you check out our photos!
Thanks for a wonderful Week Two of Summer ME 2012, everyone!
Remember to “Like” us on Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/7e4fb3b) and follow us on Twitter (@aalead)!
Last summer at AALEAD our Digital Connectors summer program was a big hit and we’re pleased to say that we’re back this summer too! Once again 15 of our brightest students have signed up to participate in this amazing opportunity to learn about Digital Literacy and then go out into their communities and give back by teaching what they’ve learned.
It’s been an auspicious beginning so far as the students began the Leadership Development module, learning about such topics as setting and achieving goals, team-building and communication as well as the beginning of our I.T. instruction, including computer parts and terminology. They’ve also begun to practice and develop their own lesson plans and trainings so that during the latter half of the program they’ll be ready to complete their community service.
Here at AALEAD we’re super excited to hold this program for the second year in the row and we can’t wait to see how things go! A special thanks to the Asian American Justice Center (www.advancingequality.org) for their continued support in helping make this program a reality.
Since it was so hot last Friday we couldn’t take the elementary students to Homestead farm field trip as planned. Instead we had an indoor fun day for the students. All the kids got to choose to do two out of four activities planned for the day. The student chose two tickets for the different activities, they can chose to do the same activity if they would like. The students could chose from play games/doing crafts, watching movies, break dancing class or gym time. It was so much! And the students will be able to go to the farm this week! So please stay tuned as we have an awesome summer!
We can’t believe that the first week of AALEAD Summer ME 2012 is already over!
Maryland Middle School students spending their break at Summer ME 2012 will focus on four different components: fitness/exercise, nutrition/healthy eating, mental health through the arts and giving back to the community. Every week, our students will try new activities and also be faced with the challenges of getting to know each other, getting to know themselves, pushing their limits and understanding community.
A special piece to our program this summer is that our team leaders and workshop leaders are none but our very own students from the MD High School Program. Week One has been truly amazing. We knew our leaders were always game to do their best when it came to taking care of their younger AALEAD siblings, but what we saw this week was nothing like we’ve seen before!
This week we were able to learn stretches/drills, work with an agility ladder, create “About Me” posters, make fruit and yogurt popsicles, start our photography projects and visit the “Asian American Portraits of Encounter” exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery!
Please enjoy our photos from this past week and stay tuned for future weekly updates! For more, please follow us on Twitter: @aalead.
A special thank you to all our friends who were able to donate their yoga/exercise mats!
Enjoying a Japanese soda for the first time at the Japanese Sakura Festival in Philly past Spring.
My name is Nam! I was born in Central Vietnam and my family moved to D.C. when I was 5 years old. I’m a junior at Lafayette College studying International Affairs. I’m also an alumnus of AALEAD; I was a part of the DC Secondary School Program for 3 years as well as the Mentoring Program for 5 years. I’m excited about interning with development/ communication and to see AALEAD grow and continues to serve youths.
Outside of school, I’m a baller on the court or field, fanatic sport fan (going crazy over Euro Cup), huge fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers( the best live rock band ever!). I’d really like to travel around the world and hope one day I can empower inner city youth with sports, music, and dancing.
Hello everyone! I am Chelsea Zhang. One of the most exciting and proud experiences for me 2012 summer is interning in Asian American Lead, DC. Nothing more than working with children and adolescents makes me happy, and often I can feel the inner growth when I stay with them. I will work as a mentor with high school students, facilitating the discussion and exploration about a variety of issues concerning youth and development. I am a senior from Kent State University, Ohio, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies (Child and Youth Development concentration), and I also take a minor in non-profit management. As a friendly helper, a responsible mentor, and also an active listener, I will make each of my day here in Asian American Lead count!
Hey guys This Olivia!! I am student alumni at AALEAD. I was in the Secondary High School Program with AALEAD for 3yrs. Now I’m a college freshmen in Montgomery College as a Graphic Design major and I can’t wait to give back to the AALEAD family that has helped me grow to the person I am today. I will work as Intern this summer with the students from the Elementary School Program. Its going to a lot of fun and craziness! And hopefully by the end if this I’ll still be sane! So keep posted with us everyone, because its going to be a wild summer with us at AALEAD!!!
Hello everyone, it’s Iris from China. I am so exciting to join the team of AALEAD as an intern. I will assist in the elementary school program with Micah for two months. I will try my best to do it well.
I am now a social work student in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am interested in the area of children service and the topic of immigration. So I find working in AALEAD is very interesting. Previously, I interned in a community organization located in the most impoverished area in Hong Kong. That job was to provide services to immigrants from mainland China to Hong Kong and most of the clients were women and children. I helped organize activities for them and provided some tangible assistance. I also helped in a children’s hospital in Shenzhen as a volunteer to help the patients to do recovery exercise. From such experience I learnt to build relationship with kids and try to understand their needs. I hope this experience will better prepare me for this internship and I am look forward to the following work. I would like to learn more about the operation of non-profit organization, program conducting and teaching in this internship. Outside of work, I enjoy running and hiking, especially in the places with beautiful natural view.
I have been in DC for just three days and it is my first time to be in the US. DC is very beautiful and people in AALEAD are very nice. I meet other intern students from different schools and I appreciate the opportunity to communicate with you all. I am so glad to be here and to meet you guys. I will make every effort to make a wonderful and meaningful internship!