Yearly Archives: 2021

  • Catherine’s Welcome

    By Catherine Han, MD MS Program Coordinator
    Photos & Media courtesy of Catherine

    Hi Everyone! 안녕! ​​?

    My name is Catherine Hyowon Han (한효원) (she/her/hers), the new Virginia Middle School Program Coordinator. Today, I will be taking

  • Diana’s Welcome

    By Diana Tran, DC MS Program Coordinator
    Photos & Media courtesy of Diana

    Hello everyone! Xin chào các bạn! こんにちは、 皆さん。よろしくお願いします!My name

  • Thanksgiving Cards: Writing for a Cause

    By Rochielle Canare, MD Middle School Program Coordinator
    Photos and Media courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    Caption: Middle school youth h

  • Keeping Up with DC AALEAD!

    By Natie Hara, DC High School Program Coordinator
    Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff, Youth, and Partners

    And we’re off!  Kicking off our fall programs, AALEAD has been hard at work facilitating hybrid programs and bringing youth and communities together.  Below is a summary of all of the programs and events DC AALEAD has hosted and has had the opportunity to attend.  Shine to all of the staff

  • Safety with Sound Recap

    By: Bang Co, DC Programs Manager
    Photos courtesy of Bang Co

    Throughout the months of August and September, the AALEAD team worked diligently to prepare and distribute goodie bags filled with PPE and other safety tools. Some of these tools included a personal Birdie safety alarm, a safety palm card in different languages, and a whistle from the Yellow Whistle campaign (items depicted below). This in

  • 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

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