Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008 Walk for the Homeless

On Saturday, November 22nd 2008 AALEAD's Mentoring Program, Secondary School Program and MD High School Programs had a group of around 30 participate in the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon. Despite the cold weather, the group enjoyed walking the 5K for a good cause.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Monday, Nov 10, 2008 Student Testifies at Community Budget Hearing

Planning for FY10 Budget may look daunting with the massive budget cuts happening all around us. However, this was an opportunity for one of our high school students from Albert Einstein High School to speak on behalf of programs like AALEAD. At the Community Budget Hearing for DHHS, Farida was able to share about her personal experiences and why AALEAD is so meaningful for her.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

November 4, 2008 SSP Election Day

The Secondary School Program participated in a nationwide event hosted by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) to promote Asian American awareness to voting rights and concerns. We had 23 youth volunteers outside for half the day asking voters to fill out surveys, provide language services, and participate in the election day procedures. The youth realized the importance of their vote and how much Asian American voters are needed to adequately represent the population. The youth are to be applauded as it was raining in DC and they withstood the rain in the name of civic education.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

October 10-11, 2008 SSP Lock-In

With 35 youth and 4 staff, the Secondary School Program kicked off their school year programs with a lock-in at our home site at AA LEAD. With a breakdancing competition, movies, food, and bonding activities, SSP had a great time sleeping on all floors and for some, not sleeping at all. We even had a youth sleep in the Copy Room! At 6 am, a group of youth got up to go play basketball and conduct a mock-bball tourney. The girls were taken out for a midnight snack in Georgetown to get some quality time with the female staff while the boys were on site having a bonding moment sharing deep dark secrets of their young lives. We even had some of the old AA LEAD program alums come for a visit.