Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • AALEAD MD Summer Serve: First Week

    By Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff The 2014 - 2015 school year wrapped up quickly, but MD AALEADers jumped right into the summer program at AALEAD's MD Summer Serve. Located at Parkland Middle School in Rockville, MD, AALEAD high school youth kicked off the week on Monday, getting to know each other through fun icebreakers, received more information on college, and began planning for AALEAD's Youth Summit, which will take place at the end of July. Every Mond

  • Message from the ED: Remember and Prevent

    Thirty-three years ago this week, Vincent Chin was killed in a hate crime in Detroit. Last week, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Daniel Simmons, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, and Susie Jackson were killed in a hate crime in Charleston. There are thousands more we could name who have died as a result of hate crimes. What do we do about this? We have become numb to hearing about human deaths – even those from mass shoo

  • AALEAD Takes On Camping

    By Ari Pak, MD High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Chelsea Iorlano, Development & Communications Associate Summer break means six weeks of engaging and fun summer programs for MD AALEADers! Before MD summer p

  • To Good Things Ahead

    It is hard to believe that after nearly 6 years, my time with AALEAD has drawn to a close as my husband and I are moving to North Carolina for his work. There are no words to capture what an impactful experience it has been and how grateful I am to have been a part of the AALEAD family. I will not say goodbye, because saying goodbye to family is just not something you do, but I will say “thank you”:

    To my colleagues, I want to say thank you for inspiring me continually with your

  • Bancroft Bulletin: Looking Back

    By Madeline Sumida, Elementary Program Teacher & Site Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Madeline Sumida As the year comes to a close, the Bancroft AALEADers are taking time to celebrate, reflect upon what they’ve experienced, and express anxieties and hopes for the future. Both classes have explored the theme of super powers and using fantasy to identify individual students’ strengths and interests. We’ve looked at heroic narratives and developed our own epic stories to illustrate and di

  • DC MS & HS Summer Intern Reporting for Duty!

    By Victor Romos, DC Middle & High School Summer Program Intern Photos Courtesy of Victor Romos Greetings! My name is Victor Romos, and I am this year's DC Middle & High School Summer Program Intern. I am a Communications student at the University of California, Davis. I am originally from Santa Rosa, California, but I love Washington, DC, so I am thrilled to be working with the community in the area.

    Greetings from the DC ES Summer Intern!

    By Pallavi Rudraraju, DC Elementary School Summer Program Intern Photos Courtesy of Pallavi Rudraraju, DC Elementary School Summer Program Intern Hi, all! I'm Pallavi Rudraraju, a rising junior at the College of William and Mary. I have self-designed an Asian American Studies major and am considering double majoring in South Asian Studies as well. As important as studies are to me, I consider my extracurricular activities to be an integral aspect of my college experience. As president of the H

  • MD Summer Intern: Beginning a New Chapter!

    By Hiba Ahmed, MD Summer Program Intern Photo Courtesy of Hiba Ahmed, MD Summer Program Intern

    Hello! My name is Hiba Ahmed, and I am the new MD Summer Program Intern! Already feeling very welcomed and excited to join the team, I cannot wait to learn and make progress in such a strong team environment in the upcoming months. I am currently a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park working to complete my double undergraduate degrees in English Languag

  • The Art of Painting and Mentoring

    By Christina L., Current AALEAD Youth Photos Courtesy of Tina Ngo, AALEAD Staff A couple of weeks ago, I had the wonderful chance to go to the Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) DC Office on the Metro and do therapeutic painting with my mentor and other mentee/mentor pairs. We had pizza, which was SO good, and other snacks. Painting was a lot of fun and very relaxing for me considering all the testing that I had going on. We sat in a comfortable silence, and I decided to paint something related to

  • This Is How It’s Done!

    By Shaima Ahmad, VA High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Shaima Ahmad Brainstorming, planning, voting, and most of all, listening to their peers, is what went into throwing an awesome Va High School Program End of the Year Party. For the past few weeks our youth have been working together and within their individual committees to party plan.  The youth divided into food, entertainment, and decorations committees and delegated a group leaders for each group. In this whole process,

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