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LEAD! AACI unveils new name and new graduates from its Youth Leadership Program

November 14, 2013

On November 4, 2013, the AACI Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement (YLCE) program celebrated the graduation of its 13th class at the Campbell Community Center and unveiled a new name for the program: LEAD (Leaders for Education, Advocacy, and Democracy). In the summer, the former Vision New America program became a program of AACI. The LEAD Program will continue the mission of encouraging youth leadership and civic engagement through internship placements in government and nonprofit offices.

The event recognized the achievements and successes of 27 high school and college students who participated in community organizing, professional development, and service. Students coordinated a community advocacy project to raise awareness about immigrant stories and needs in Santa Clara County. Through the program, students were placed in a government office or nonprofit for a summer internship.

The graduation masters of ceremonies were former program alumni Roderick Bersamina, a public affairs officer of the 129th Air Force Rescue Wing, and Shirley Kim Duong, a Project Manager with the Office of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. The graduation included representatives from the Offices of Congressman Mike Honda, Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, and San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra.

LEAD has added a new “Adopt-a-Student” component to the program where corporate and community leaders will mentor students. To learn more about becoming a mentor, email: volunteer@aaci.org

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