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An organization in the D.C. area aims to develop and empower low-income Asian-American students beginning with their mental health.

“My job as a first generation is to find a good college and a good career to help them,” she said.

Started 20 years ago, AALEAD’s mission is to help young people with educational empowerment, identity development and leadership.

“So we are in the cafeteria with flyers and invitations and then we also try to get the counseling team to refer students,” program manager Shaima Ahmad said.

She said she wants to become a mentor and eventually help first generation students like her.

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