“Be open to change” and “be a vessel of love” are two phrases that Charles, a second generation Taiwanese-American, lives by. In 2012, Charles served youth at a non-profit organization in the rural township of Dong Shi, Taiwan. In Dong Shi, Charles discovered his life purpose of empowering and supporting underserved communities. Charles pursues this purpose through AALEAD and serving in various community organizations. Charles wakes up every day with an eagerness to learn and express. Charles finds inspiration at AALEAD through its mission and people: AALEAD youth, parents/guardians, and youth workers. Charles hopes that, through AALEAD, we will see a world where youth of all backgrounds are equipped with the tools and opportunities to thrive and define their own futures.