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:
*updated May 29, 2015

DC Elementary School Summer Program
The DC Elementary School Summer Program runs Monday through Friday from 12:00pm – 5:30pm, June 29, 2015 to July 31, 2015 at Walker Jones Education Campus. This summer, youth will be engaging in project based learning and enrichment activities designed to help youth develop leadership skills and explore their own identity, while combating summer learning loss. We are currently looking for program aides to help support staff during lessons and workshop facilitators to present a relevant skill or topic of their choice.

DC Middle & High School Summer Program
The DC Middle & High School Summer Program runs Monday through Thursday from 10am – 5pm, June 29, 2015 through August 6, 2015. This summer, youth will focus on career exploration, workplace mentoring, college readiness, and middle and high school transitions. We are currently looking for workshop facilitators who are interested in teaching our students lessons related to leadership, college preparedness, and diverse careers.

Click here to become an AALEAD volunteer!

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