Monthly Archives: February 2015

  • DC AALEADers Discuss Education

    By Shobana Modur, DC Middle and High School Program Coordinator

    Photos courtesy of Surjeet Ahluwalia, Executive Director

    This past Wednesday, Ward 1 DC State Board of Education member, Laura Wilson Phelan, visited the DC AALEAD youth in Columbia Heights.  Since being sworn into office, Ms. Wilson Phelan has launched a 100-day listening tour to be informed about educational issues in the Ward 1 district.

    A few weeks into her listeni

  • From the ED: Aspire to LEAD with AALEAD

    Despite this weather, February has been an energizing month for Asian American LEAD. As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, we are so excited for our Aspire to LEAD lunch coming up NEXT WEEK!  Pulling together this powerful 1-hour program has truly been a team experience.  I hope you will be part of it, too!  Looking forward to seeing many of you there. This

  • One Week Until Aspire to LEAD!

    We are exactly ONE WEEK out from our Aspire to LEAD free fundraiser lunch on Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 12 to 1 pm, at Woo Lae Oak

  • AALEAD at ECAASU 2015

    By Shaima Ahmad: VAHS Program Coordiantor Photos Courtesy of Shaima Ahmad This past weekend 9 AALEAD High School youth had the opportunity to attend the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) Conference. This year, the conference was held at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. ECAASU brings together college students from across the East Coast and creates an environment for thoughtful dialogue and debate concerning important issues within the Asian American Pacific Islander co

  • Thomson Tales: Lunar New Year

    By Chelsea Iorlano, Development & Communications Associate Photos courtesy of Chelsea Iorlano The DC Elementary School Program youth at Thomson Elementary celebrated Lunar New Year and welcomed the Year of the Goat at their very own Street Fair in the Thomson Elementary gym yesterday.  The celebration happened in collaboration with the DCPS After School Program.

  • AALEAD MD Youth Have Heart!

    By Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager Photos courtesy of AALEAD MD Staff Every year on February 14th, couples exchange gifts and exchange their "I love yous."  However, to recognize the yearly celebration of love, MD AALEADers did things a little differently last week.  MD AALEADers held discussions on building healthy relationships, learned how different Asian cultures celebrate Valentine's Day, and provided service by making candy grams for their caring teachers. As our AALEAD youth are gr

  • Staff Spotlight: AALEAD’s Latest Addition!

    By Chelsea Iorlano, Development & Communications Associate Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff Joining us in December 2014, Shobana is the newest member of the AALEAD team.  Already, she has jumped right in to the DC Middle & High School Program, building rela

  • AALEADers visit University of Maryland-College Park!

    By Shobana Modur, DC Middle and High School Program Coordinator Photos courtesy of AALEAD Staff On Saturday, January 31st, the DC, MD, and VA High School AALEADers visited the University of Maryland-College Park, hosted by the Filipino Cultural Association (FCA).  After a couple of warm-ups and introductory games, we took a tour of the beautiful campus.  FCA members took us through the popular Stamp Student Union, McKeldin Library, and gave us a glimpse of life as a Terrapin.  Youth also ha

  • 2015 MD High School Youth Council is Here!

    By Ari Pak, MD High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Ari Pak The MD High School Youth Council is in full swing for 2015! After an intensive selection process, nine AALEADers earned a place in the Youth Council. The MD High School Youth Council has many roles, the largest of which is to plan the Annual APA Youth Summit every summer and to steer AALEAD high school programming with their peer’s feedback and input. In the two weeks preceding the first Youth Council meeting, many you

  • “I Am…” AALEAD Youth!

    By Antwoine Johnson, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Youth Over the past couple of weeks, AALEAD youth at Newport Mill Middle School and Loiederman Middle School have been exploring mental health. One part of mental health is self-awareness, being conscious of your thoughts, beliefs, and values and how they shape you and your view of the world. The youth have been doing this a lot through open-ended and reactionary discussions, through viewing and listening to spo

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