Unleash your leadership potential!

To widen the reach of our leadership and civic engagement programs for young individuals, we are waiving the enrollment fee for the 2024 program year. 

Registration is now CLOSED for the AACI LEAD program. Thank you to the generosity of our funders.

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.


With the pandemic, the environment for advocacy and civic engagement changed so much that even the best leaders are figuring out how to adapt for the changing world. The LEAD program has expanded to empower high school students to start preparing their leadership for themselves and others for their communities’ own adaptive challenges!

Our Impact

How our wellness programs are serving Santa Clara County.
Educated Alumni
Collaborations With Partner Offices
New Registered Voters
Internship Hours Served

LEAD for 2020 Census

Stories from LEAD

What our alumni are saying