Thursday, May 27, 2010
May is... Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!
To celebrate APAHM, AALEADers at Blair High School created a display to educate the Wheaton Community about Asian American culture! The left side, pictured below, featured some of their favorite famous Asian Americans: Bruce Lee, Lucy Liu, and John Cho. The right side featured Asian characters that have become a part of American culture, namely the geisha figure, Anime, and Naruto. Stop by the Wheaton Community Center on Georgia Ave if you get the chance and check out the students' handiwork!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Girls Program enjoyed learning about Korea
Over all, It was great to learn about Korea from Jieun and also er experiences in US as an international student.
Girls Offer Community Service at Thomson Elementary School
It has been an exciting experience for the high school students where they had enjoyed while earning their community service hours. And more than that they had been happy about serving and giving back to the community.
Special Guest at Thomson!
On May 19, 2010, the pre-K and K class had a special visitor come and read to them! Ms. Georgia Yuan, Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Education, came to read two wonderful stories with the children. Thank you for visiting us!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Congratulations to VIET TRAN!
We are so proud of Viet, who was also a student speaker at AALEAD's Annual Dinner this year! He plans to attend Community College of Allegheny County this fall and is interested in studying business.
NRSC Board and scholarship recipients (left photo), and also with Diane Hibino, Scholarship Chair (right photo)
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Celebrating an Amazing Volunteer: Ben Pongsanarakul
At the beginning of March, I had received an email from someone who wanted to volunteer with our high school program. Ben was from Boston and was in DC for a semester internship. At the time we were in need of a break dance instructor, Ben Pongsanarakul told me that he had a background in break dancing. This worked out perfectly. I remember Ben's second day, where he was struggling to keep the students' attention and later felt that he bit off more than he could chew. After a brief discussion, I convinced Ben that it takes time to build trust with students and that we should rethink our strategy. The next week, a motivated Ben insured that everyone participated and captured the attention of our students. From there it appeared to a be a "cake walk" for Ben. In no time, he built strong relationships with the students and began volunteering on days when we didn't have break dance class. He assisted me in our teen discussion workshops, completely ran a discussion himself, and participated in our Annual Basketball Tournament. His last day with us was on May 6th as he returned to Boston the next day. On behalf of the AALEAD staff and students, Thank you for your support and great work!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
AALEADers receive DC Mayor’s 2010 Community Service Award
Congratulations to Jimmy Lynn and Catherine Ly for being selected to receive the Mayor’s 2010 Community Service Award, in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to Washington, D.C.’s Asian and Pacific Islander Community!
Catherine Ly volunteers with a number of AALEAD after-school programs, mentors a high school student, and has been using her graphic design skills to help us develop new outreach materials (look for a brand new AALEAD Info Booklet coming soon!).
Jimmy Lynn is a long time supporter of AALEAD. He is a mentor to two of our students, serves on the AALEAD board, and is Co-chair of the development committee.
The work of AALEAD is possible because dedicated individuals like Catherine and Jimmy, who support our efforts with their time, talent, and resources.
We are so proud of Catherine and Jimmy and want to thank them for their service to our students!
Many thanks also to all our other volunteers who serve throughout AALEAD and have a tremendous impact on the lives of our students.
Interested in becoming an AALEAD volunteer? We need a variety of volunteers to support our Summer Programs. Email
Monday, May 10, 2010
AALEAD at the Fiesta Asia Street Festival - Saturday, May 22nd!
AALEAD will be participating in the 5th Annual Fiesta Asia Street Festival on Saturday, May 22nd from 10am to 7pm.
Come join us at our AALEAD table!
Students, staff, and mentors will be involved in various activities during the day including:
- Event Volunteering
- The Fiesta Asia Parade
- Flash Bollywood dance (http://youtu.be/327_ElAZlwY)
- Click here for the Fiesta Asia press release.
See you there!