Monthly Archives: April 2015

  • Eastern MS AALEADers: Time Flies

    By Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager Photos courtesy of Melor Suhaimi When asked to think of one word to describe AALEAD, Eastern Middle School AALEADers answers varied from "fun," "family," "laughs," to "home." The school year is almost coming to an end and time definitely flies by! This school year, AALEAD at Eastern introduced new 6th graders to the program, AALEADers participated in various in-class student service learning projects, and overall created a strong family bond. A memorable

  • Fear The Turtle: AALEAD Heads to MD Day 2015!

    By: Antwoine Johnson, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD students

    Maryland we're all behind you, Raise high the black and gold. For there is nothing half so glorious, As to see our team victorious. We've got the team boys, We've got the steam boys, So keep on fighting, don't give in! M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D Maryland will win

    The MD fight song is iconic in the sense that anyone who hears it that has the pride and spirit of

  • Message from the ED: Life is Precious

    The devastation in Nepal and broken community bonds closer to home in Baltimore are so tragic that I am nearly beyond words.  I felt it was important to say something, however, as saying nothing fails to recognize the tragedies impacting youth in our world today. In Nepal, it has been terrible to see the increases in the number of lives lost day by day.  But it’s been encouraging to see people asking how they can help and news stories focused on what we can do. In both Nepal and Baltimore,

  • AALEADers Volunteer at Comcast Cares Day

    By: Shobana Modur, DC Middle and High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD staff

    This past Saturday, 19 AALEADers, including youth, volunteers, mentors, and staff participated in Comcast Cares Day at Houston Elementary School in NE DC.  Comcast Cares Day is their annual celebration of service commitment, which has grown into the nation’s single largest corporate volunteer event.  AALEAD was happy to join for the fourth year in a row!


  • Reflecting through Art – AALEADers participate in CACA Art Contest

    Some of our AALEAD students have been hard at work these past few months creating original works of art for submission to the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA) 2015 National Art Competition.

    MD High School Youth Council: Doing Meetings Right

    By Ari Pak, MD High School Program Coordinator Photo Courtesy of Ari Pak What did you do this past weekend? When asked this question, the first thing that comes to my mind is the inspiring and energizing AALEAD MD High School Youth Council meeting that I attended. I know what you’re thinking; how could a meeting be inspiring and energizing? Aren’t meetings usually filled with monotonous lists and reports, pencil tapping, and clock-watching? Let me tell you, I left this meeting filled with e

  • Join Us: Meet UMD’s Guard Varun Ram!

    Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) is excited to announce that, in celebration of
  • MD Youth Volunteer at Annual Park Clean-up

    By Keo Xiong, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos courtesy of Keo Xiong, MD Middle School Program Coordinator “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” - Nelson Henderson How much trash do you see flying around at the local park you frequent for walks and picnics? When was the last time you threw something away on the ground? Have you ever thrown away som

  • DC Park Clean-up: Doing Our Share

    By Tina Ngo, AALEAD Staff Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff This past Saturday, DC AALEAD youth, mentors, volunteers, staff, and our friends at CAPAL<

  • DC AALEADers Donate to Martha’s Table

    By Shobana Modur, DC Middle and High School Program Coordinator Photos courtesy of AALEAD staff and Martha's Table Since working at AALEAD, I’ve gone to several community service events where youth have had the opportunity to give back to their community.  Last week at programs, the Chinatown youth discussed homelessness and poverty in the DC area.  We covered true/false statistics and how much it typically costs to feed one family per week.  When I mentioned donating goods to Martha’s T

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