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Volunteer

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 After School Programs:

DC Elementary School Program
AALEAD’s DC Elementary School Program primarily serves low-income Asian American elementary school students in kindergarten through 5th grades at Bancroft (Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant) and Thomson (Chinatown) Elementary Schools. The Program runs Monday through Friday from 3:30-6PM, beginning September 2nd and running through the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. We are currently looking for program aides and workshop facilitators who are interested in teaching our students more about their careers or sharing their unique skill sets.

DC Middle & High School Program
AALEAD’s DC Middle & High School Program primarily serves low-income Asian American middle and high school students in 6th through 12th grades at the Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library and a Mount Pleasant/Columbia Heights location. The Program runs Monday through Thursday from 3:30-6PM, beginning September 10th and running through the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. We are currently looking for program aides and workshop facilitators who are interested in teaching our students more about their careers or sharing their unique skill sets.

MD Middle School Program
AALEAD’s Maryland Middle School Program primarily serves low-income Asian American students in 6th through 8th grades at Argyle, Eastern, Loiederman, Newport Mill, and Parkland Middle Schools in Montgomery County. The Program runs Mondaythrough Thursday with program times and days specific to each site, beginning September 29th and running through the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. We are currently looking for program aides and workshop facilitators who are interested in teaching our students more about their careers or sharing their unique skill sets.

MD High School Program
AALEAD’s Maryland High School Program primarily serves low-income Asian American students in 9th through 12th grades at Blair, Einstein, and Wheaton High Schools in Montgomery County. The Program runs Monday through Thursday with program times and days specific to each site, beginning September 8th and running through the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. We are currently looking for program aides and workshop facilitators who are interested in teaching our students more about their careers or sharing their unique skill sets.

VA High School Program
AALEAD’s Virginia High School Program primarily serves low-income Asian American students in 9th through 12th grades at Annandale High School in Fairfax County. The Program runs Wednesdays from 2:30-4PM, beginning September 22nd and running through the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. We are currently looking for program aides and workshop facilitators who are interested in teaching our students more about their careers or sharing their unique skill sets.

Click here to become an AALEAD volunteer!

Questions? Contact our Mentoring & Volunteer Program Coordinator Tina Ngo at mentoring@aalead.org.