Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • Message from the ED: Powerful Summer Days

    Summer is always the best time at  AALEAD.  Our youth get to be in  programs for full days for a more in-depth experience, and go on field trips once a week to broaden their horizons. This year we have been running 3  powerful programs: AALEAD Ohana for  elementary school youth in DC ("Ohana  means family), Maryland Summer Serve  for Montgomery County middle and high school youth, and the DC Middle and High School Youth summer program.  Through these programs, we are serving a record 2

  • Exploring Our Options

    By Shaima Ahmad VA High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff and Youth For the past few weeks our MD, DC, and, VA youth have been coming together every Monday and focusing their attention on college readiness and planning for the upcoming annual youth summit. College preparation is a vital part of the high school summer program. We hope to give our high school youth an opportunity to learn as much as possible about the college process and prepare themselves in the best way

  • Story Time: AALEAD Ohana & AALEAD Summer Serve Team Up!

    By Ari Pak, MD High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff and AALEAD Youth Yesterday two AALEAD summer programs, MD Summer Serve middle and high school program and DC AALEAD Ohana elementary school progra

  • The Power of Lōkahi

    By Pallavi Rudraraju, DC Elementary School Program Intern Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff Last week at the Walker-Jones Education Campus, our Ohana learned and embodied the Hawaiian value of Lōkahi – teamwork and cooperation. AALEAD was introduced to the term via our interactive weekly assembly, led this week by Ms. Diana and Mr. Justin. During the assembly, youth also learned about their upcoming field trip to the National Building Museum and Newseum and were taught the Banana Dance and Whi

  • DC Summer Program Torpedoes its Way Through the Factory!

    By Yuanlong, AALEAD Youth Photos Courtesy of Yingzhi, AALEAD Youth

    On the DC Middle & High School Summer Program’s first field trip, we traveled to the Torpedo Factory, located in Alexandria, VA, to learn more about the different variations of art and the people behind all the amazing work. AALEADers explored the factory to experience the wide variety of art and had the opportunity to meet many inspiring artists along the way. We also did a Q&A with artist

  • Thank You

    Thank you for this amazing journey (of almost five years!) with the AALEAD family! While I am no longer officially an AALEAD staff member, I will never

  • Arts and the Community

    By Antwoine Johnson, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff Community is an aspect of life that is embedded in every culture and manifests itself in many ways. To engage the community, to be part of it in such a way as to help it thrive and grow is a privilege and a responsibility. Asian American LEAD youth, this past week, focused on how to make the community grow through art and music which ended with a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art. Groups 4 and 5 took th

  • DC ES Summer Program Week 1: We’re all about Ohana!

    By Charles Kuo, DC Elementary School Program Coordinator and Pallavi Rudraraju, DC Elementary School Program Intern Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    ‘Ohana: family, derived from oha (taro plant); ohana refers to how we all come from the same root
    Summer has arrived and the DC Elementary School  Summer Program is underway! This year the DC Elementary School will be celebrating the meaning of Ohana. Ohana is the Hawaiian word for family. It mea

  • DC Summer Kicks Off!

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

    FINALLY! DC Summer program is here! This week kicks off the DC Middle and High School Summer program with AALEAD. This summer, 20 AALEADers will set sail into our program where they will embark on career exploration & mentor middle and elementary school AALEADers in finding their way in the transitions from elementary, middle, and high school. The AALEADers have a lot of knowledge an

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