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.
For more on mentor requirements and qualifications, please see the Youth Mentor Fact Sheet.
The Community College Mentoring Program matches Asian Pacific American community college students with coaches who provide students with personal, academic, and career guidance necessary for students to make informed decisions about successfully navigating their career paths. Coaches model positive behavior and partner with students in their own professional development by empowering and enabling their students in meeting their goals. Additionally, coaches support their student in accessing campus or professional resources and enhance their student’s belief in reaching their own potential.
Coaches 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 students. Coaches must be ready to commit to one-on-one mentorships with students for a full academic year.
For more on the community college mentor program, please see the Community College Mentoring Program Fact Sheet.
To apply, please complete the online Community College Coach Application.
For questions or more information, please contact Freidricka Camille, Community College and Internships Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
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.
To apply, please complete the online Volunteer Program Aide Application. If you are interested in volunteering with us in a different capacity, please let us know!
For questions or more information, please contact Vi Bui, Youth Mentoring & Volunteer Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.