We Believe

AALEAD truly believes in the positive effect of connecting a caring, committed adult with our young people. We connect youth with adults to form relationships that provide youth with a safe avenue to express their feelings and frustrations, improve their self-esteem, foster positive self-identity, give youth opportunities to explore new interests and develop hobbies, and motivate them to pursue higher education.

AALEAD Youth Mentoring

The AALEAD Youth Mentoring Program gives Asian Pacific American (APA) youth the opportunity to be matched in a one-on-one mentorship with a caring adult from the community. Oftentimes, APA youth lack the support needed at home, with families who may not have the skills or time to provide support, and at school, being overlooked as a youth in need due to the impacts of the model minority stereotype. Mentors help to fill that gap by serving as an additional support system.
AALEAD Mentors work with our youth to grow in our outcome areas of Educational Empowerment, Identity Development, and Leadership for a period of at least one year. All mentors are required to go through a background check and screening process, as well as pre-match training. Our staff take the time to get to know each mentor and mentee to make the best match possible and provide support tour mentoring pairs over the course of their relationship by offering additional trainings and group outing opportunities.

Are you interested in becoming a mentor? Visit this page for more information about how to get involved.

Do you have/are you an Asian Pacific American youth (ages 10-18) living in the DC metro area who is interested in having a mentor?

Please reach out to Vi Bui, Youth Mentoring & Volunteer Programs Coordinator at to learn more about how to enroll in our program!

AALEAD Community College Mentoring

The Community College Mentoring Program matches Asian Pacific American community college students with career coaches who provide students with personal, academic, and career guidance necessary for students to make informed decisions about successfully navigating their career paths.

What Coaches Do

  • Model positive behavior
  • Empower and enable their student in meeting his/her goals
  • Provide academic, personal, and professional support
  • Support the student in accessing campus or professional resources
  • Enhance their student’s belief in his/her own potential

Commitment Requirements

  • Contact students through phone, in-person, or video chat at least once a month throughout the academic year.
  • Commit to at least two in-person meetings per semester, not counting the initial match meeting.
  • Support your student in achieving his/her 3 SMART goals (1 academic, 1 professional, and 1 personal) each semester.
  • Communicate regularly with AALEAD staff and submit a coach log on a monthly basis.
  • Contact AAALEAD staff if your student needs additional support or has challenges beyond of the scope of the coach’s responsibilities.

 Eligibility and Qualifications

  • Over the age of 21 with at least 3 years of full-time professional experience
  • Pass all background and reference checks
  • Ready to commit for at least 1 full academic school year
  • Experience in navigating institutions of higher education
  • Ability to partner with student in his/her own professional development
  • Commitment to making a difference in a young person’s life

Application & Screening Process

  • Submit application materials (Coach Application, Resume, and Background Consent forms)
  • Interview
  • Reference Check
  • Background Clearance
  • Attend a mandatory Coach Training
  • Student Match
  • Ongoing Support

Preparation & Training

All AALEAD Coaches are required to attend a one and a half hour in-person training session prior to their matching. Attending a pre-match training does not guarantee a match. Additional training opportunities and resources will be offered throughout the duration of a coach’s formal involvement in the AALEAD Community College Program.


Coach and student matches are based on student goals, language needs, areas of interest, and career aspirations. AALEAD’s Community College Program Coordinator takes the time necessary to get to know both students and coaches prior to the match.


Coaches are required to submit a coach log on a monthly basis, summarizing activities done to support their student’s goal achievements. AALEAD commits to providing coaches with the support and resources they need to learn and develop as a good coach and to ensure that the relationship is rewarding to both the coach and student. The Community College Program Coordinator will be available to provide support on an individual basis as well.


Please contact Freidricka Camille, Community College and Internship Programs Coordinator at or 202-329-0837.

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