Yearly Archives: 2021

  • AALEAD Visits the Washington Spirit

    By Liana Shivers, VA Programs Manager
    Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    Do you remember your first in-person soccer game? The bright stadium lights, the green grassy field (is it real grass or fake grass - you wonder), the buzz of energy in the air right before the game kicks off? For a few AALEAD youth and staff, it was Sunday August 22nd when AALEAD was invited as a Game Day Partner to the Washington Spiri

  • Join our DC 2021-2022 After-School Program

    Join us this school year for our HYBRID After-School Program!
    - HIGH SCHOOL (starting in late September 2021)
    - MIDDLE SCHOOL (starting in October-November 2021)
    - We will be operating virtually with in-person opportunities!

    We support low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth with educational empowerment, identity developm

  • VA Summer Trip: The National Zoo!

    By Kathy Jiang, VA HS Program Coordinator

    Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    VA Summer Programs wrapped up at the end of last month with our first field trip since pre-pandemic times: to the Smithsonian Zoo. It was a fun, if humid, day filled with animal friends and bonding.

    Safety with Sound Initiative: AAPI Resident Safety Giveaway


    In light of the increasing anti-AAPI hate crimes, Asian American LEAD is working on a project to equip our community members against the violence towards AAPI senior citizens. Through our Safety with Sound initiative, AALEAD will distribute personal safety goodie bags and PPE (shown below).

    We believe that this is a grea

  • DC AALEAD’s Summer Gratitude List

    By Natie Hara, DC High School Program Coordinator

    Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Youth and Staff


    After enduring one of the most historic years, we prioritized mental wellness and coming together as a community this summer.  Titled CommUNITY: Stronger Together, we discussed our personal journeys with mental health and s

  • MD Summer CommUNITY: Highlights & Reflections

    By: Rochielle Canare, MD Middle School Program Coordinator and Maggie Chu, MD High School Program Coordinator

    Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    After a year of fully online after-school programs, Maryland AALEAD youth and staff spent July engaged in a three-week, action-packed summer program together at Wheaton Regional Park and online! 

  • Summer Intern Spotlight: Daniel Lee

    Hello and 안녕하세요! My name is Daniel Lee and I am happy to join the AALEAD DC team! I am passionate and excited about all of the opportunities for growth th

  • Summer Intern Spotlight: Annaliu Hanson

    By Annaliu Hanson, MD Summer Program Intern

    Photos Courtesy of Annaliu Hanson

    Hello everyone, my name is Annaliu Hanson and I am 21 years old. I am a rising senior at George Washington University, majoring in psychology. I was born in China and adopted at 1 year old. My grandparents on my mother’s side immigrated to the US from China and my dads family comes from E

  • AALEAD VA 2021 Showcase: Empower – RECAP

    By: Kathy Jiang, VA HS Program Coordinator

    Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    VA Programs came to a celebratory end on June 11th with our 2021 Showcase: Empower. Together, youth, staff, partners, and other event guests reflected on a school year filled with finding new ways to connect virtually and build com

  • That’s A Wrap! A Review of the 2021 DC End-of-Year Showcase

    By: Bang Co, DC Programs Manager

    After countless hours on Zoom, a multitude of meetings, and many impactful sessions, our DC Afterschool Program finally came to a conclusion on the evening of Wednesday, June 9th, 2021. Youth members and supporters came together to celebrate our middle school and high school youth and to uplift their work throughout the past nine mo

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