About DC

Washington, DC is the nation’s capital most known nationally for its museum and monuments. It is also home to nearly 30,000 Asian Americans. According to the 2013 Census, 18.6% of the population in Washington, DC is living below the poverty line. Asian Americans make up 4.6% of the DC population with 15% living below the poverty line. In 2013, 20% of Asians in DC were Limited English Proficient (LEP) and 62% were foreign born. Based on the 2013-2014 school profiles, both Bancroft and Thomson are Title I schools with 71% and 99% of youth on free and reduced meal plans, respectively; 7% of youth at Bancroft are Asian American and 19% at Thomson, where Asian American youth make up the second largest ethnic group.


  • In DC, we serve youth 6th to 12th grade through our DC Middle & High School Programs.
  • DC Middle & High School Program serves youth twice a week after school at two community-based sites, one at the Tenleytown-Frienship Public Library and the other at the MLK Jr. Library.
    • Middle School community site serving youth from: Alice Deal MS, School Without Walls, Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus, Basis DC
    • High School community site serving youth from: Wilson HS, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, School Without Walls, McKinley Technology High School, KIPP DC College Preparatory, DC International School, Coolidge High School, Basis DC

Fall 2022 Programs


DC Middle School Application tinyurl.com/AALEADMS21


Tuesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm – Program Allies – Academic Support, Homework Help, Peer Mentoring
Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm – Middle School Youth Engagement and Leadership Program (MS YELP!)

If you are returning to middle school programming, welcome back! If you are new to our middle school program, we are excited for you to join! Many of you just recently graduated from Bancroft Elementary and Thomson Elementary. Continue your journey with us!  We are excited to offer you the following:

  • Program Allies (One-on-one peer mentorship): Meets once a week Tuesdays from 4:00pm-5:00pm, Middle school youth will be supported by a high school youth to help with homework and academic success. With mentorship, youth will not only have a new friend but someone that will help them be successful! 
  • Middle School transition support: If you are an incoming 6th grader, we will provide support on how to navigate a new environment. If you are a riding 8th grader, we will provide guidance on transitioning into high school (e.g. applications, interviews, entrance exams). If you are an incoming 7th grader, we will help you get ready for your 8th grade year.
  • Middle School Youth Engagement and Leadership Program (MS YELP!): For our YELP! program, middle school youth will meet once a week Wednesdays from 4:00pm-5:00pm to attend workshops around Educational Empowerment, Leadership, and Identity Development.  


DC High School Application: tinyurl.com/AALEADhs21

  • Youth Allies (peer mentoring): High school youth can sign up to be a Youth Ally (Peer Mentor) for an AALEAD middle school youth. Gain leadership, mentoring, life skill development training, and SSL hours! Peer mentors help mentees by meeting academic goals, bridging cultures, promoting self-fulfillment, and more.
  • High School Youth Engagement and Leadership Program! (HS YELP!): YELP! Leaders will meet once a week to attend workshops around Educational Empowerment, Identity Development, and Leadership. Opportunity to receive community service hours through participation.
  • College Access Program (HS YELP! Extension): High school seniors receive college admissions advising, college transition support, career preparedness support, and access to special opportunities to meet college professors and students to learn firsthand about the college experience. High school juniors receive support with figuring out the college process and steps they need to take during their junior year in preparation for senior year.
  • Youth Council: Leadership opportunity to represent AALEAD and participate in Youth Participatory Action and Research project.   
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