Youth Voice and Power: Responses to AAPI Discrimination

By Rochielle Canare, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos & Media courtesy of AALEAD Staff and Youth As our country continues to grapple with anti-Asian racism, youth are speaking up and stepping out to lead change. From op-eds to AALEAD after-school programs, youth are demanding to address anti-Asian violence and are expressing a desire to […]

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Celebrating the Asian-American Experience

By Kathy Jiang, VA HS Program Coordinator  Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff As May approaches, APAHM (Asian Pacific American History Month) will be upon us soon! Before then, though––now and all times of the year––our community is always seeking to explore, uplift, and celebrate our APA identity and heritage in various ways. Last month, VA […]

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The Stereotypes We Face: A Reflection By DC’s Youth Program Assistants

By Kaeli Patchen As Youth Program Assistants (YPAs), high school youth are responsible for assisting program coordinators with administrative tasks and program facilitation. In addition to participating in YELP! Programs with middle school youth, they also attend weekly intern meetings where they plan for future goals and projects. During one such meeting this semester, YPAs […]

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A Word From Executive Director Akil Vohra

To our youth, friends, families, and AALEAD supporters, As I write to you today, I am both optimistic and cautious. You have likely read or heard recent news reports about increasing xenophobia and bigotry facing Asian Americans. Nationally, we are seeing rising incidences of bullying, harassment, and hate crimes against Asian communities. A recent report […]

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