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Asian American LEAD
October 1, 2009

In my experience with AALead I was able to share my passion for youth development by serving under a nonprofit that allowed me to engage in transformational leadership both in my staff and students. The multiple extra-curricular activities and fieldtrips allowed my students to gain holistic experiences in learning as they engaged in classroom learning and hands-on activies. Additionally, teachers and staff were able to learn all aspects of successful teaching including mentoring, classroom instruction, discipline, and youth empowerment through their six week training and implementation. Volunteers and high schoolers also became useful community resources. At the end of my six week contract, I was amazed at the large impact a small nonprofit could make through community engagement and hard work. Job well done AALead!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

noticing social improvements among the students in self-confidence and self-concept primarily because of the focus on group bonding and group activities.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

improve organizational procedures and strengthen management.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the children, I miss them all dearly.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

influential in that they were caterers to the children and not to themselves.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve the entire Asian American population of surrounding areas and build community and unity in a population that has specific social needs different from other minorities.

Ways to make it better...

there were more resources allotted to AALead for programmatic functions.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continual funding, short-term staff, and parental involvement.

One thing I'd also say is that...

not all Asian Americans fit the "model minority" stereotype, many are at risk to social delinquencies that are vastly different from their minority counterparts. It is important to not ignore their needs but to set up protective and preventive factors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former staff & Site Coordinator.