By Diane Bui, MDHS Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD MD Staff After-School programs in Maryland start THIS WEEK! We are so excited to be back in our schools, reconnecting with returning youth, and welcoming new youth to programs. Youth in schools today are busier than ever. Between magnet programs, IB classes, AP course loads […]

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When It Comes to Our Youth, Expect the Unexpected!

By: Pallavi Rudraraju Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff As I near the start of After School Programs in Fairfax County, and head into my fourth month as the VA Middle School Program Coordinator, I feel so grateful for a wonderful beginning to my journey in the VA Middle School Program. Over the past few months, […]

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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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