Building Blocks

Program Components

Through a comprehensive leadership course that spans from Spring until the end of Summer, LEAD instructors cultivate the potential of the students and allow them to learn by doing. The students undergo a series of trainings where they learn about the issues, what skills they need to develop to take these issues on, and how they can use their talents for the betterment of their communities. While this is happening, the students are directly involved in planning a social impact project and serving in government and community offices as interns.

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1. Leadership and Professional Development

– Youth Leaders participate in 9 full-day trainings during the Spring and Summer

– Trainings build foundation for civic awareness, engagement and participation

– Students are empowered and inspired to take on new challenges and make
long-lasting changes that benefit the community


2. Government and Advocacy Internships

– Youth leaders complete 100 to 160 hour internships in government or community-based organizations during the span of 10 weeks

– Promote civic engagement in their communities through registering voters

– Develop and enhance work-place skills in youth participants

– Provide underrepresented youth with networks and opportunities for a greater future

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3. Community Impact Project

– Youth leaders organize a community project that addresses a need of an underrepresented community

– Assess, communicate and design a project that listens to the community and makes a lasting change



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    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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