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 After School Programs
AALEAD’s Elementary Afterschool Program primarily serves low-income Asian American elementary school students between the ages of 5-13. The program operates on-site at Thomson and Bancroft Elementary schools Monday through Friday, from 3:30pm – 6:00pm. Volunteers typically commit to one afternoon a week during program hours.
MD Middle School Programs (Montgomery County)
Programs at Argyle and Loiederman Middle Schools will focus on exploring AALEAD’s theme this year: I Am the Difference. Students will engage in various activities including cooking demonstrations, group projects, guest speakers, workshops and field trips. The program will run every Monday and Wednesday from 3:15-5:15 p.m. Programs at Eastern and Parkland Middle Schools run every Tuesdays and Thursday from 2:40-4:00 p.m. Volunteers may commit to volunteering one or both days each week.
Click here to become an AALEAD volunteer!
Questions? Contact our Mentoring & Volunteer Program Coordinator Tina Ngo at firstname.lastname@example.org.