Monthly Archives: November 2016

  • What I’ve Learned from the Youth

    By Lili Greenstein, Development & Communications Intern Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff As I began this experience, I expected the typical internship position: filing, drafting cookie cutter tweets, instagram posts and other busy work. What I didn’t expect was to feel more morally and ethically connected to any other organization that I’ve worked for. AALEAD embodies the most important youth development component that I believe is crucial to success. H

  • AALEADers Learn about Campaign Finance

    By Naijla Faizi, DC Middle & High School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff Last week AALEAD DC middle and high school youth participated in a guest workshop by DC Fair Elections Coalition. This coalition “represents groups from the environmental, labor, economic justice, social justice, faith, and good government movements.” Their main goal is “to pass meaningful campaign finance reform in D.C. to empower everyday residents and make

  • Make a Difference Day- Leveling the Playing Field

    By Shanice Lo, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff AALEAD youth got their first hands-on field trip on how to become a Change Maker (this year's MD theme – read our post here on MD's theme for a refresher)! This time AALEAD Change Makers focus on their HANDS, taking action and making a difference through the community service event, National Make a Difference Day. On October 22nd, 33 A

  • Letter from the Director

    Dear AALEAD Family, I write this letter to you, past and current youth, donors, supporters, and staff, to express my excitement as I embark on this journey as the new Executive Director of Asian American LEAD. I am honored and humbled to have been selected by AALEAD’s Board to follow in the visionary footsteps of our previous executive directors: Sandy Dang, Rosetta Lai, and Surjeet Ahluwalia. It is through the commitment and efforts of all of you that we are the only organization in the

  • 2nd Annual VA Fall Festival

    By Shaima Ahmad, VA Programs Manager Photos Courtesy of Chelsea Iorlano, Development & Communications Associate Last week, AALEAD VA Programs came together to celebrate the start of after school programs for the 2016-17 school year. More than 70 youth across all 3 school sites— Holmes MS, Poe MS, and Annandale HS— attended. The theme for this year's festival was "Autumn Around the World." Youth had the opportunity to learn about how autumn is celebrated in other parts of the world th

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