Shanice is a Chinese-American and was raised in Hong Kong. She is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. After completing high school she immigrated to the United States with her family. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. During her college years, she enjoyed volunteering with children and teenagers through various college groups and community organizations. She traveled to Africa to teach English and music to children in orphanages. She has never forgotten these experiences, and that is why she was motivated to provide a safe environment for the youth whom she is serving at AALEAD. Shanice was a part-time staff member with the DC Elementary Summer Program before transiting her new role as the MD Middle School Program Coordinator. Being able to connect with the youth and their parents is her biggest reward everyday. Such experience helps her understand academic issues that the Asian American students may face. That reminded her of her parents who immigrated to the US in their 40’s with very limited English skills. In those difficult times, her family was fortunate that someone was there to offer help and guide them through the process. She thought that was the time for her to pay it forward. Her hope is to empower each of our AALEAD youth to be a leader, and to focus on building a strong sense of community in the program, where youth can learn in a fun and supportive setting.