How research supports an organization serving Asian American youth in DC


Photo courtesy of AALEAD.

Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development (AALEAD) provides after-school, summer, and mentoring programs for underserved, low-income Asian American youth in the greater DC area. Neel Saxena, executive director of the program, aims to help youth grow into their identities as Asian Americans, shake off the stereotype of the model minority, and feel empowered to lead their communities.


In a post on Urban Wire, Urban Institute researchers Charmaine Runes, Michael Katz, and Yuju park talk with Saxena about the evaluation needs of his organization, how researchers can partner with community organizations to create lasting change, and the unique needs and assets of Asian American youth.


Read and listen to Saxena’s interview here.