Just before the beginning of the school year, students in our Maryland High School Program got together for an orientation BBQ. As part of our theme of the year, “Get Involved….in Dialogue, Government, and Community” students focused on dialogue and talked to each other about programs and offered the coordinator suggestions for the new year. Overall it was a great day for food, fun, discussion and a little bit of volleyball! Welcome back AALEAD students!
On Saturday, March 26, 2011 AALEAD students from the Maryland High School program attended the first annual youth job fair in downtown Silver Spring. They spoke with different organizations, applied for jobs, and used some networking skills they learned during after school programs. The students also handed out their resumes and were able to experience their very first job fair. After the job fair the students were able to enjoy some Vietnamese Pho for lunch which was their favorite part! Good luck AALEAD students! Cross your fingers and hope for some call backs and interviews. All of you were great!
For five weeks, a group of our MD high school students, 5 from Blair and 5 from Einstien participated in the first AALEAD Workplace Mentoring Program. Each Thursday, our students travelled to the IBM offices in Bethesda, Maryland and worked alongside IBM volunteer mentors during workshops covering topics such as career investigation, résumé building, interview skills, workplace etiquette, and internships.
During the five weeks, our students acquired new skills that will help them in their future. Our students also developed professional relationships with their mentors at IBM. Enjoy this short video highlighting the Workplace mentoring experience at IBM.
On Friday, December 11th, our Maryland students, mentees, mentors and community members who have supported AALEAD this year attended our annual Holiday Party. This year we filled up the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity in downtown Wheaton. Students from Blair and Einstein High Schools performed a wide variety of cultural dances, songs and other performances for the enjoyment of everyone.
A special thanks to The Asian Pacific America Bar Association of DC for their continued support of our students! They were kind enough to gather together books which they donated as gifts. As you can see…they were very appreciative.
On Wednesday the 28th Maryland Middle School and High School had an incredible Halloween Party at the Wheaton Community Center. Students from Einstein and Blair High School got together and decorated the area with amazing fun decorations and held some exciting events and stations like face painting and pumpkin pie eating contest. It was great to see High School students and Middle School students able to interact with one another and have a great time.
Along with the party, the Middle School students from Parkland and Eastern helped to write “get well” cards to victims of the tsunami in Samoa and the flooding in the Philippines. The activity helped to remind them that their community can also extend to the global community and that issues in other countries can have impacts on our lives here in the U.S.
Thank you to all the Maryland staff helping to organize the event, and also to the students from middle school to high school. Your words of encouragement are more powerful than you can imagine, and the families of the tragedies will be thankful for your support.
A group of AALEAD Board Members made the rounds and visited program sites!
Students were happy to interact with their visitors and Einstein High School students challenged the Board to a History trivia contest!
Middle school students engaged in conversation with the board members and asked questions like “What do you do for fun?”
The students at Einstein High School have all been working hard recently, so AALEAD treated everyone to a night at Dave and Busters!
A couple snacks and then everyone was off with their cards for an hour of unlimited play in the arcade. Everyone had a great time, including a lot of races that came down to the wire. All-in-all it was a good evening and a great chance for AALEAD from DC and Maryland to get to know each other and the students from Einstein. Students will be talking about Dave and Busters for awhile, not to mention how long they’ll be talking about how badly Jonathan beat Don at Madden ‘08 (Go Steelers!)
On December 12th, 2008, Maryland had its first annual Holiday Party at the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity. The event was a huge success, as all who attended got a full night of food and holiday cheer. Over the course of the evening, students, volunteers, mentors and staff all came together to design Holiday cards, decorate ornaments, eat a huge meal and discuss the year that was coming to a close, as well as the one fast approaching.
Congratulations are in order for Halie Francisco & Jean Mendoza (Einstein HS), Michelle Andrada (Loiederman MS) & Maireclaire Alde (Einstein HS) and Beverly Wu (Loiederman MS), who won 1st 2nd, and 3rd place in AALEAD’s First Annual Holiday Card contest. Our staff selected these three cards as the winners and then distributed copies to school staff and others during the holiday season. Congratulations
AALEAD would like to send a special thanks to the Asian Pacific Bar Association of DC and Marita Etcubañez for the incredible generosity and kindness they displayed by donating a book for every student who attended the MD Holiday Party. Thank you so much!
Thank you also to Delegate Susan Lee and Judge Chung K. Pak who attended our event and share their unique perspectives on the holidays and life in general with the crowd. The students responded well to everything that Delegate Lee and Judge Pak had to say and took away a lot of valuable lessons about what it takes to be successful.
Planning for FY10 Budget may look daunting with the massive budget cuts happening all around us. However, this was an opportunity for one of our high school students from Albert Einstein High School to speak on behalf of programs like AALEAD. At the Community Budget Hearing for DHHS, Farida was able to share about her personal experiences and why AALEAD is so meaningful for her.