Apply Now to the 2021 LEAD Program!


In an effort to further expand access to civic engagement opportunities for youth, the enrollment fee is waived for the 2021 program year. Student applicants can disregard the scholarship portion of the application and should not mail a deposit check.  We thank our generous funders for making this possible.

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021.

Empowering young champions

Leaders for Education, Advocacy, and Democracy (LEAD)

Our Mission:

LEAD’s mission is to build the pipeline of socially and culturally conscious leaders and empower youth the be a voice for their generation.

LEAD is a program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Santa Clara County’s largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community.

Our Vision:

LEAD will develop participants to confront community issues and create lasting change for a greater future.

LEAD will arm students with effective skillsets, real-world experience under the guidance of mentors, and greater awareness of the role of government, nonprofit, and community entities.

LEAD is open to high school students of all backgrounds from within Santa Clara County.

LEAD Scholarship

LEAD offers scholarship opportunities to help fund the program cost. Students who wish to be considered for a financial scholarship can indicate interest on page 4 of the application.

*If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please do not include the $250 check deposit with your application at this time.


Applications are currently closed. Please check back in 2022!

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