It has been a wonderful five years at Asian American LEAD. I have learned so much from AALEAD youth, staff, board members, mentors, and volunteers and I’m so thankful for everyone who has been a part of my AALEAD journey! When I first started with AALEAD in 2010, I worked with the DC Elementary School Program and I immediately connected with the youth, staff, and AALEAD’s mission. I knew at that moment that AALEAD would make a significant impact in my life and it definitely has.
I have had so many memorable experiences at AALEAD. I’ve had the opportunity to lead engaging workshops that allowed AALEAD youth to feel comfortable and feel that they are part of a family. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interview dedicated volunteers and mentors and help them transition into building their mentor-mentee relationships. I’ve had the opportunity to create funny (I would hope!) raps for AALEAD staff on their birthdays. I’ve even had the opportunity to speak at AALEAD’s Aspire to LEAD fundraiser event and share my story, which I’m so grateful for. These are just a few of the memories that I’ll cherish forever. I’m grateful and thankful for all the opportunities and memories that I’ve gained from AALEAD.
As I move on to the next chapter in my life, this is not a goodbye, this is just a see you later! To the AALEAD family: You were the ones that inspired me every day when I came to work and will forever continue to do so. With everything that is going on in each of your lives, you manage to remain hopeful, happy, and overall inspiring. I’m looking forward to all the exciting new and grand things that AALEAD will be doing. And please know that each of you will always be family to me. I end this post with a quote that some of you may already know is one of my favorites. I hope for whenever you think of it, you think of me and continue to do great things. J “There is nothing that drives optimism more than passion with a purpose. Find your purpose.” Go AALEAD! I will miss you!