LEAD Program featured on NBC

December 15, 2014


AACI’s Advocacy Manager, Rabiah Khalid, and 2014 LEAD alumnus, Ken Yanagisawa, were featured on NBC’s Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Khalid and Yanagisawa spoke on the success of the Leaders for Education, Advocacy and Democracy (LEAD) program and the importance of building the next generation of civically engaged youth who value the importance of voting and participation.

This past summer, the LEAD students developed and implemented a “Why I Vote” multi-media campaign, advocated about the importance of voting, and registered over 900 new voters. Yanagisawa, a junior in high school, spoke about attitudes regarding voting and political involvement among his peers. Previously unaware of the issues facing his community, Yanagisawa was inspired and motivated to get involved with civic engagement efforts through his participation in the LEAD program.

This segment about LEAD on NBC’s Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa can be viewed here.

Applications for the LEAD Program are now open for the 2015 cohort. High school students and college students are eligible to apply. For more information and instructions on how to apply for the program, please visit this link. The deadline for the application is Friday, February 6, 2015.


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