Tags: Culture

  • #KeepFamiliesTogether

    By Neel Saxena, Executive Director Photos courtesy of Various Sources AALEAD was founded to support refugee youth and families. Refugees who saw their family members, neighbors, friends, and coworkers killed back home or lost during their passage, facing danger from pirates, over-crowded boats, and storms. [caption id="attachment_16406" align="alignleft" width="300"]

    Black and Asian Pacific American Solidarity – a history of resistance

    By Mecca McPherson, MD Middle School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff In 1926, Black History Month was first established in by

  • Do You Know Who You Are?

    By Ha Nguyen, Development and Communications Associate Photos Courtesy of AALEAD staff As 2017 starts to wrap up and give way to 2018, we begin to reflect back on how our life has progressed throughout the year. It is essential to not just dwell on mistakes that you have made along the way. It is also about rejoicing for what you have accomplished and drawing lessons on what disappointed you. 2017 has been a roller coaster for me, but I would not take it any other way. Hello eve

  • #AALEADFam is Forever

    By Tina Ngo, Mentoring & Volunteer Programs Manager Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff There have been many things that I've learned over the course of my time at Asian American LEAD (AALEAD), but one lesson in particular will always stand out to me. During an after school program session, a young person and I had a discussion about choices and how a single decision can create a ripple effect. I'll never forget this conversation because AALEAD youth speak truth: the choices that we make imp

  • Spring Reflections

    By YLan Nguyen, MD Programs Intern Photos Courtesy of YLan Nguyen, MD Programs Intern Hi everyone, my name is YLan Nguyen and I am AALEAD’s MD Programs Intern for the spring 2016 semester. Currently, I am a senior at the University of Maryland studying psychology and Asian American Studies. For the duration of my internship, I’ll be at Wheaton High School’s and Julius West Middle School’s after school programs. I

  • Loving Ourselves and Our Cultures

    By Yonsoo Kang, VA Middle School Program Coordinator Photos Courtesy of Yonsoo Kang Hello everyone!  Happy 2016. Youth from Poe and Holmes Middle Schools have been busy learning about one another’s culture as well as celebrating their own.  In December and January, AALEADers used icing to draw flags representing their heritage on cookies

  • Put On Your Dancing Shoes!

    By Chelsea Iorlano, Development & Communications Associate Photos by AALEAD Staff

    AALEAD Youth Performing at Fiesta Asia 2014

    AALEADers attend “Fresh Off the Boat” Sneak Preview

    By Shobana Modur, DC Middle and High School Program Coordinator Photos courtesy of AALEAD staff Last Wednesday evening, a couple of DC AALEAD students and staff were invited to attend a special screening of the upcoming television series, "Fresh off the Boat" at the Newseum.  It is the first Asian-American sitcom in 20 years! Based off Eddie Huang's memoir of the same title, "Fresh off the Boat" tells the story of a Taiwanese family moving from their home in Washington, D.C. to Orlando, FL an

  • AALEADers at Terrapinoy Day!

    By Ari Pak, MD High School Program Coordinator Photos By Filipino Cultural Association of the University of Maryland This past Saturday, AALEADers participated in Terrapinoy Day, an annual exploration of identity, culture, and leadership for middle and high school students hosted by the University of Maryland’s Filipino Cultural Association (FCA). AALEAD was represented by four high school and three middle school youth who boldly engaged in workshops on cultural identity exploration, leadersh

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