“The first challenge that came up on my first day in office is how little I know about the outside world. Every minute, every hour, and every day the great influx of information pour into the office and the soft bustle of heated discussion on issues surprise me on how much everyone knows.”
Peggy Liu Intern for Assemblymember Sally Lieber


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Formerly the Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement program (YLCE) of Vision New America (VNA), LEAD is now a program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). The core program has existed for 19 years and will continue to educate and inspire young students and provide meaningful and authentic learning and opportunities in leadership.

The YLCE program officially came under the stewardship of AACI effective June 1, 2013, and evolved into LEAD on November 4, 2013. LEAD’s inaugural class was inducted on May 31, 2014.

About Asian Americans for Community Involvement

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is the largest nonprofit organization focused on the Asian American community in Santa Clara County and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. AACI’s mission is to improve the health, mental health, and well-being of individuals, families and the Asian American community. AACI’s services include youth development, primary care, mental health, HIV testing, education and prevention, substance abuse treatment, a multilingual DUI program, our Center for Survivors of Torture, problem gambling treatment, a domestic violence shelter, senior wellness services, and advocacy. For more information, visit www.aaci.org.


  • LEAD

    Leaders for Education, Advocacy and Democracy (LEAD) is a program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advocate for civic engagement, health care access and social justice for the communities we serve.
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