Wednesday, June 24, 2009

MD Middle School takes a year end field trip to Dave & Busters

Maryland program took advantage of the Dave & Busters 'power card' to get everyone who attended an hour of unlimited game play to go along with some end-of-the-year celebratory snacking. The students really worked hard this year to prepare for MSAs, final exams and finishing their school work, so AALEAD wanted to give them a chance to relax with this trip.

Due to an unfortunately towed car (which contained the camera), there aren't any pictures of our night at Dave & Busters, but be assured, everyone involved had a lot of fun. Look for more events in the near future as we kick off our summer program.

If any AA LEAD students are reading this, please let me know if you have any pictures that you took and we'll be sure to upload some!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dr. Rosen and B.D. Wong come to AALEAD!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Obama sends over Dr. Rosen and B.D. Wong to AALEAD!

Dr. Rosen, a cancer researcher and the director of the cancer center at Northwestern University Memorial Hospital, and B.D. Wong, an actor who has appeared in several Law and order: Special Victims Unit episodes and was the voice of Captain Shang in Mulan, made a visit to AALEAD!

The Washington Blade was also on hand to film the event!

Both Dr. Rosen and B.D. Wong were part of the “Importance of Fatherhood” agenda that President Obama had planned to kick off Father’s Day weekend. AALEAD was nominated to be a host for these renowned figures to discuss the importance of role models and dreams to youth in the D.C. area.

After discussion and a few questions, Dr. Rosen and B.D. Wong had to rush off to the White House. Once there, CNN spoke to Obama about the day’s efforts.

Obama Takes Time for Father's Day, Makes Fatherhood a National Priority - ABC News

If you click the link you can see that Dr. Rosen had kept on the AALEAD shirt!!

For more on President Obama's "Importance of Fatherhood" initiative, please see this article at

Graduation Party

Friday, June 19, 2009


In honor of the graduating students from AALEAD, we had a party full of snacks, music, and friends.

There was a slide show recapping the year’s events, including pictures that we had almost forgotten we had taken. It was a nice time to realize how much time we had all spent together and grown into a small family.

Many AALEAD students got together to congratulate the graduating seniors and wish them good luck for the future.

Congratulations Seniors!!! You did it!!!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

AAPI Day of Service

On Saturday, May 30th a group of volunteers arrived---ready to assist AALEAD in beautifying our building.

What was once a boring and drab white office room....
...was worked on and painted on for hours by our hard working volunteers. Taping edges was involved, using rollers to get the walls, painting the trim, covering the floor with plastic... and even moving furniture out of the way. Soon the room became an inviting warm orange!

With so many volunteers in attendance, they even painted our hallway a nice bright yellow!

If you are interested in having a group volunteer with us, please email

Monday, June 08, 2009

AALEAD's Lotus Festival featured in Young DC's student newspaper!

*Special thanks to Kathleen Reilly Mannix for this article

DC vs. MD High School Events!

High school students from our DC and Maryland programs have participated in two collaborative events showcasing the academic and athletic talents. The first event held on April 8th was a "Family Feud" style trivia event with US History as the topic. It was a close contest with Maryland squeaking out a win through Kevin P.'s knowledge of Manifest Destiny!!!

On May 28th, the two AALEAD high school programs met again in a flag football competition. Though the rain prevented a best of three series, the DC side proved to be too much for the Maryland team through the heroics of Ricky K. and Carlos M. as they won 2-0!!!

Stay tuned for updates on this series!