Program Success

“They connected me with civic leaders and enabled me to ask them questions, build personal relationship, and gain mentors. I learned about different career pathways in public policy, advocacy and service, and built a base of people to support me as I build my pathway.”
Disha Banik Intern for Kaiser Permanente


Statistics of LEAD’s Accomplishments


14 years of student intern contributions
Educated Over 550 alumni 
Collaborations with 86 partner offices
Registered over 8,500 new voters
Served over 60,500 Internship Hours


Notable Alumni

Jeremy Lin (Class of 2004)

NBA Point Guard for the Brooklyn Nets

Allen Chiu (Class of 2007)

Aide to Congressman Mike Honda gives back by mentoring young professionals in the AAPI civic engagement pipeline

Ishan Sharma (Class of 2013)

Local teen raises over $30,000 through a dinner and fund-raising website to cover the medical costs for a classmate’s recently paralyzed father

Wayland Fong (Class of 2011)

Gunn High School students releases novel, Fat Boy, Little Man, at age 17

Disha Banik (Class of 2011)

UC Berkeley student attends nation’s largest youth climate conference to promote expulsion reform in schools 

Jolena Ma (Class of 2012)

Castilleja School students awarded by Congressmember Anna Eshoo for developing Trext, a public safety app


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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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