Yearly Archives: 2022

  • AALEAD Virginia Middle School After-School Program Recap/Reflection (Fall 2022)

    By Catherine Han, Virginia Middle School Program Coordinator 
    Photos by AALEAD Staff Members

    After a little hiatus due to COVID-19, AALEAD Virginia Fall semester After-School programs for middle school youth were back in action and in person. As of December 2022, we have over 45 middle school youth currently enrolled across our t

  • Fatima’s Welcome

    By Dr. Fatima Baig, Programs Director
    Images provided by Dr. Baig

    Growing up as a second-generation Pakistani Muslim American in suburban Michigan, I was familiar with the many confused looks and questions I received randomly, from how I didn't have an accent to how well I knew the culture

  • A Day of Goal-Setting & Food!

    Written by Hannah Cheyney, Mentoring Program Manager
    Pictures by AALEAD Staff and Youth

    This past Saturday AALEAD’s mentoring program got together to recognize the impact of mentoring and community service weekend! Youth from across DC, MD & VA convened at Cabin John Regional Park in Maryland to partake in team-building activities, share food from one's culture, and set goals for the year.

    Written and Compiled by: MD Programs Team
    Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    The AALEAD MD team organized the first Mental Health Convening for Asian American and Pacific Islander youth in Montgomery County, MD. During the Mental Health Convening, youth explored and learned about mental health, were provided tools to mainta

  • ICYMI: DC Summer Program 2022

    Written and Compiled by: Diana Tran, DC Middle School Program Coordinator
    Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff

    After two long years of navigating through the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian American LEAD was happy to bring back in-person summer programs for our youth. In Washington DC, youth joined our team for a wh

  • Intern Summer Wrap Up Blog Post

    By: Mei Tomko

    Interning with AALEAD supporting the Mentoring Program throughout the summer was such an amazing experience! From the fun chats with co-workers in the office to meeting youth in the Summer Programs and attending mentor-mentee match meetings, I have seen the multitude of ways that intentional programming can benefit youth.

  • AALEAD Virginia Summer Program Recap/Reflection

    By Catherine Han, Virginia Middle School Program Coordinator
    Photos by AALEAD Virginia Staff Members

    AALEAD Virginia just wrapped up summer programs, which went from June 28th-July 21st at Holmes Middle School. It was a fun-filled four weeks with seven incredible youth who participated! We were able to build relationships with one another

  • Mentoring Event Recap

    By: Hannah Cheyney & Mei Tomko

    July has been a fun and  successful month for Asian American LEAD’s Mentoring Program. We received many new applications from mentees and mentors and successfully matched one new pair from Maryland.

    Mentoring Program Update

    By Hannah Cheyney and Mei Tomko

    Happy June! As the weather is warming up, we have been traveling throughout the DMV to attend community events, engage students at schools, and encourage community members to get more involved with AALEAD. We have

  • Summer Intern Spotlight: Maddy Park

    Written and Photos by Maddy Park, DC Summer Intern

    Hi hi! My name is Madeline Park, but I also go by Maddy. I am a rising junior at American University, majoring in Political Science and Asian, Pacific, and Diaspora Studies (APDS). I am so excited to join the AALEAD DC Team as the Summer Programs Intern this year and to support our mission o

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