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Asian American LEAD

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) supports low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth with educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities through after school, summer, and mentoring programs.

Results: For the past several years we have served 300 youth, and this year, we will serve 400 youth through our programs.

Target demographics: low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 youth

Geographic areas served: The District of Columbia, Montgomery County, MD, and Fairfax County, VA

Programs: after school, summer, and mentoring programs

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

There are few organizations that I know of that cater to youth like AALEAD. The program is set up in a way that isn't too restrictive and allows students to be themselves, all the while learning about their culture, personal development, dealing with societal issues, and having fun.

AALEAD fosters a positive environment that promotes individuality, growth, community, and friendship. I am proud to have volunteered for such a wonderful organization. I know they are making a positive impact in the community and around the DMV area!

1 Jessica207


Rating: 5

A GREAT organization. AALEAD does some wonderful things around identity development and debunking the model minority myth to better advocate for APIA youth, and building multicultural awareness and understanding. I've witnessed AALEAD youth doing some amazing things- planning large scale events that even my college students struggle to do.

As a volunteer, I've gained and am gaining so much from my mentoring relationship- my mentee prompts my own reflections onto how I engage people in my thought processes, and how I facilitate communication in my own work. She holds me accountable to keeping it real, and being transparent about my own faults (aka makes you a better person). AALEAD has some great activities and also has a great network of folks who really care and are committed to the youth and the community.



Rating: 4

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.



Rating: 5

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



Rating: 5

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



Rating: 0

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!