AALEAD Youth Mentors build a relationship with an AALEAD youth in need of a positive role model and help them develop the academic, social, 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 six hours per month with their mentees and commit to the formal mentoring relationship for at least one year. This is a community-based mentoring program where scheduling is flexible and mentors and mentees choose activities, locations, and times according to their respective availability. At the beginning of the relationship, mentors and mentees will work together to identify goals in our outcome areas of Educational Empowerment, Identity Development, and Leadership. There are no requirements to know a foreign language or to identify as Asian Pacific American to becoming an AALEAD mentor, just the desire to make a difference in a young person’s life.
The College and Career Mentoring Program match older youth, who come from AALEAD’s regional high school programs, with caring adults in the DMV area. Mentors in this program support first-generation college students and gap year youth with navigating the transition into college and the workforce.
Mentors must be at least 21 years old with at least 3 years of full-time professional experience. Competitive applicants offer academic, personal, and professional support and opportunities to youth. Mentors must be ready to commit to one-on-one mentorships with students for a full academic year.
Assist a Classroom as a Program Aide
AALEAD Program Aides provide support to our teachers and program coordinators in AALEAD after school and summer programs. Program Aides assist teachers and coordinators with managing classroom behavior, supporting youth individually or in groups, helping with projects, facilitating sport, recreational, art, and extracurricular activities, or providing homework assistance.
This volunteer opportunity is a flexible commitment with a minimum of 2 hours per week for at least 3 months. The minimum age requirements to volunteer is 14 years old in the Elementary School program, 18 years old in the Middle School program, and 21 years old in the High School program. All program aides will go through an interview and training prior to volunteering. This is a unique opportunity for high school and college students to gain experience working in an educational setting with Asian Pacific American youth.