Get involved and join AALEAD! Our highly dedicated volunteers contribute their time, talent, and skills to support and enhance our programs. You can volunteer in two ways: Become a Mentor or Support Our After School Programs.

Some benefits of volunteering with AALEAD include:

  • Increase your knowledge about the social issues affecting our youth and the immigrant and refugee community
  • Learn about the cultures and customs of various Asian ethnic groups
  • Gain valuable life experience
  • Meet new people
  • Make a difference in a youth’s life

Become a Mentor:

Mentors build a friendship with a child or youth in need of a positive role model and help them develop the academic and life skills necessary to succeed. This is a unique opportunity to develop and enhance a young person’s awareness of and belief in their own potential. This highly successful program has been described by both mentors and mentees as a life-changing, deeply rewarding experience.

Mentors spend a minimum of 6 hours per month with their mentee and commit to the mentoring relationship for at least 1 year. Scheduling is flexible as mentors and mentees choose activities and times according to their respective availability. There is no foreign language requirement to becoming a mentor, just the desire to make a difference in a child’s life.

Download a Fact Sheet about the AALEAD Mentoring Program.

Support Our Summer Programs:

DC Elementary School Summer Program
AALEAD’s Elementary Summer Program primarily serves low-income Asian-American students in elementary school between the ages of 5-13. The Program runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, June 30, 2014 to August 1, 2014 at Thomson Elementary School. This summer, students will be focusing on literacy skills as well as identity, health & nutrition, leadership, and the arts/culture. We are currently looking for literacy tutors for our morning session and program aides and workshop facilitators for our afternoon session.

MD Middle & High School Summer Kinect Program (Montgomery County)
The MD Middle and High School Summer Kinect Program will run from June 23, 2014 through July 31, 2014 from 11am to 4pm Tuesday through Thursday at Parkland Middle School. This summer, students will be exploring the themes of health & fitness, community service, and team-building. We are currently looking for workshop facilitators who are interested in teaching our students lessons related to health, fitness, and team-building.

Click here to become an AALEAD volunteer!

Questions? Contact our Mentoring & Volunteer Program Coordinator Tina Ngo at