By Pallavi Rudraraju, VA Middle School Coordinator
Photo courtesy of AALEAD VA MS youth
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family. Today I wanted to give you a sneak peek into VA Middle School programs this school year. We have had a plethora of workshops and self-searching activities ranging from Mental Health and Leadership exploration to Asian Pacific American identity and
For those of you who are not aware, this year, AALEAD’s theme is Ignite: Discover your Passion!
This theme will be explored in all areas of our programs, and in VAMS it has taken form in self-discovery activities to identify our particular passions, interests, and strengths. Youth in VAMS have also ignited their leadership by taking on extra roles in program facilitation, such as photography and leading or explaining activities we engage in. Some of the pictures you see today were taken by our middle school youth!
Here is a look into two workshops youth enjoyed in October and November on Asian Pacific American history and identity
In October, youth learned about Chinese Restaurant Syndrome, also known as the MSG Scare. In the
To celebrate, youth ate jalebis, a popular syrupy sweet, while practicing rangoli art. Afterwards, we went outside and chalked our designs onto the front entrance and blacktop of Holmes and Poe Middle Schools. Our art even made it to the Holmes MS Twitter page!
Some AALEADers stuck with the designs we practiced, and other inspired artists created their own designs based off of South Asian floral aesthetic. Which rangoli pattern is your favorite?
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed learning about what VAMS has been up to this Fall!
Stay tuned to check out what other AALEAD programs have been up to this November!