Asian American LEAD

Rating: 4.3 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, Immigration

Location: 2100 New Hampshire Ave NW Washington DC 20009 USA

Mission: To promote the well-being of low-income and underserved Asian American youth through leadership, development, and community building.

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Rating: 4 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

My time as a mentor has been a life-changing experience that I feel an honor and priviledge of being a part of. The organization has been like a second family to me and I'm very lucky to have this opportunity to learn and grow from my mentee.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely friendly and like brothers and sisters to me.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

In my experience with AALead I was able to share my passion for youth development by serving under a nonprofit that allowed me to engage in transformational leadership both in my staff and students. The multiple extra-curricular activities and fieldtrips allowed my students to gain holistic experiences in learning as they engaged in classroom learning and hands-on activies. Additionally, teachers and staff were able to learn all aspects of successful teaching including mentoring, classroom instruction, discipline, and youth empowerment through their six week training and implementation. Volunteers and high schoolers also became useful community resources. At the end of my six week contract, I was amazed at the large impact a small nonprofit could make through community engagement and hard work. Job well done AALead!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

noticing social improvements among the students in self-confidence and self-concept primarily because of the focus on group bonding and group activities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

improve organizational procedures and strengthen management.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the children, I miss them all dearly.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

influential in that they were caterers to the children and not to themselves.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve the entire Asian American population of surrounding areas and build community and unity in a population that has specific social needs different from other minorities.

Ways to make it better...

there were more resources allotted to AALead for programmatic functions.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continual funding, short-term staff, and parental involvement.

One thing I'd also say is that...

not all Asian Americans fit the "model minority" stereotype, many are at risk to social delinquencies that are vastly different from their minority counterparts. It is important to not ignore their needs but to set up protective and preventive factors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I attended AALEAD's annual dinner and met the students who benefit from the services, AALEAD staff, board and donors. It's a wonderful organization which greatly benefits DC's APIA community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several capacities. I work at another APIA nonprofit organization, and vouch that AALEAD has a strong repuation in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

good people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, energetic, do-ers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a far-reaching greater and long term impact on DC APIA youth.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

It's a great organization. The staff is excellent and dedicated. The volunteers are nice and helpful. The students are good kids.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the grades of my mentee improved and his social skills get better.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

my mentee would have been more outgoing and less shy.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

AALead is such a great organization. It is so needed in the DC area. They're doing an amazing job with Asian American youth in the region and are serving a population that is often overlooked but just as much in need.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly smart, talented and dedicated. They need more staff like Kendra Lee, the Director of Programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

AALEAD serves an urgent but under-appreciated disadvantaged community in the DC area - immigrant children from Asia and all over the world. AALEAD provides these children with cultural academic and social activities that would otherwise be not available to them

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everyone who works or volunteers there is completely dedicated to the cause of the children and youth whom they serve

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have developed into a decent person and is continuing to be touched by the awesome works and services from AALEAD. The center and its staffs have been nuturing as parental care.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nice, competence, and super helpful

Ways to make it better...

they provides family couseling

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This organization set representatives to the 2009 Service-Learning Institute. They also had a private training on service-learning with the Learn and Serve Program Officer at Serve DC - The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism. Their office members were very interested in learning to better serve their community.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely friendly, helpful and willing to learn. They were open minded and shared their experiences.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 0 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

AALEAD is an amazing organization! I was contacted by them to come and teach basic dental lessons to the children of the program. I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. The children and teachers were so appreciative and really seemed to understand the importance of dental care. The children were so sweet and I can't wait to see them again soon!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

One big way. Each one of the students wrote me a thank you card and told me how much they enjoyed learning about dentistry. Some of them are brushing regularly after every meal which is amazing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give more dental supplies for the kids to have ample access to.I can also see they in desperate need of educational books, etc.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with kids. They are the most challenging, yet most grateful audience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing! They cared so much about the health of these kids that they contacted several people in order to get a hold of me. They organized getting several sample toothbrushes for all of the kids. They also printed out information pamphlets in Chinese for parents to understand.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help out 10 million more kids.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing. It was truly a wonderful experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Probably getting financing for several things. Books, etc.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you would like to personally speak to me, please call me at 8048733086.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

It's been an amazing experience to see students experience their "firsts." This year, we've had students who have... -baked a cake for the first time -rode the Metro for the first time -mail a letter out for the first time -visit a company and see cubicles for the first time -do a mock interview for the first time And so much more! AALEAD's dedicated staff and volunteers are very committed to connecting students with amazing experiences and opportunities!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that the staff (direct youth workers and even administrative staff) really make time and opportunity to get to know the students, which makes AALEAD truly feel like a large extended family!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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