Starting in March, AALEAD teamed up with IBM to host a 5-class workplace mentoring pilot program. 10 of our MD high schoolers signed up to be testers for the program, and were matched with IBM employees from across the DC region. This Thursday, May 6, we will celebrate its completion by talking about internships and job shadowing (and having a small party)! Other topics we covered were how to create a résumé, interview skills, and workplace ethics.
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On Saturday, March 27, 2010, the Mentoring Program hosted a wonderful event of bowling and billiards at the University of Maryland, TERP Zone. Students from our mentoring and high school programs enjoyed competing and trash talking against each other.
Mentor volunteers tested their abilities in bowling and the dance dance revolution game. Everyone had fun playing, eating 6 foot subs and laughing at the lack of bowling skills many possessed. It was a great event!
The Loiederman students in Maryland experienced for the first time for many their first Korean dumpling. We were able to share about the culture of Korea, the lifestyle and food.
Korean dumpling is such an important part of Korean culture, it is the one food eaten on Chinese New Year throughout all families. The students made some beautiful creations, and they were able to enjoy the fried treats the next day.
Beware, the pictures may cause some hunger pains
During the spring break, Maryland AALEAD programs had a great day of sports, fun, and BBQ at Wheaton Regional Park. It was a beautiful, perfect day to enjoy some fun together.
We had a lot of food and fun games like Red Rover, flag football, basketball, and just hanging out and getting to know each other.
Thanks to all the students and parents that came out, and especially to the new AALEAD’ers of this year meeting and getting to know others from AALEAD.
And also thank you to the volunteers and staff of AALEAD that came out to help!
A few years ago, AALEAD staff spent a few hours at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, and upon Rick Chen’s recommendation, Mentoring decided to bring a few mentees and mentors back for an art-filled afternoon on February 20, 2010.
After a short presentation from our host, Gretchen, we got into the hands-on part, filling our basins with pulp made from recycled jeans, and straining that into pieces of paper. Our guys liked it because it was messy and fun to play with, while the girls like the different results from mixing colors and painting with pulp.
We also learned about how paper is pressed and dried flat. All our students got to take turns placing paper in the “hot box” (where the sheets are dried) and some took part in Gretchen’s demonstrations.
Everyone worked together to clean the studio toward the very end, and showed what real AALEAD teamwork looks like. Thanks to everyone who came out!
Check out Pyramid Atlantic’s Blog for a few more pics!
Last week at Blair H.S. the students developed their Asian cooking prowess by making dumplings and bubble tea!
For the dumplings, they took some scallions, soy sauce, garlic powder, ground meat, and onions, and mixed it all up. After putting a little bit in a dumpling skin and wrapping it together, voila – they’d made pork and beef dumplings!
We got to eat them next time – thanks Don for cooking them!
On Thursday, Karen came in (again!) and taught us all about the Taiwanese origin of bubble tea. With a little bit of regular lipton tea, low-fat creamer, and a spoonful of tapioca pearls, the Blair students made their own bubble tea!
Thanks so much for coming in, Karen!
For the 2010 Martin Lurther King Jr. Day of Service, AALEAD Maryland held our second annual collection of toiletries for an area homeless shelter. This year, community members, students and staff all pitched in to donate soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toilet paper, etc, that our students then assembled into packages which can easily be carried from place to place when people leave the shelter. The shelter got valuable toiletries that will help those in need and the students got an opportunity to earn SSL Hours, all in all an amazing day of serving the community!
For more information on the organization that received our donation, please visit:
The Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
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.
Thanks to everyone who came out!!!!
November 21st, 2009 seventeen of Maryland’s middle and high schoolers united to create, package, and deliver sack lunches to Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. In total 116 sack lunches were made, and each lunch included an encouraging letter hand written by the students themselves.
Two students wrote about their experience and answered the following question:
“Does helping others help me to be a better person? Why?”
My name is Kaison Wu. I come from a 100% Chinese family. I currently attend A. Mario Loiederman for the creative and performing arts. I enjoy art/chorus (electives). I am an 8th grader. I found AALEAD when my cousins went to AALEAD at Loiederman 2 years ago. This is my 3rd year in AALEAD. The first year was a blast, second year…well…okay, 3rd is undecided, it’s going well so far.Helping others does help yourself because you learn to spread knowledge to others, so they know or earn a certain need. When I help someone it helps me feel accomplished because it makes me know that I am making this world a better place.
- Kaison 8th grader
My name is JJ Querubin. I am in the 7th grade. I go to A. Mario Loiederman Middle School. The reason why I joined AALEAD is because my brother and sister were in it and my parents wanted me to join it, so I did. So when I went to the SSL hour (student service learning) to make sandwiches for the homeless, it made me a better person because knowing that people aren’t starving from food because some very nice Asian people gave them some great sandwiches. I’m not just saying that the people got food, I’m saying because my mom when she was little she was poor so she had to work at a very young age so that makes me so happy; and makes me feel like a better person.
- JJ 7th grader
The Maryland Middle schools continued our cultural journey this week by having a presentation and activity done about China/Taiwan. We learned about the history of bubble tea, and the students were able to make some of their own to drink. Thank you to Karen, our guest, for teaching us how to make such a delicious drink. Henry from Eastern Middle School demonstrates in this video how to make bubble tea…enjoy and bottoms up!