AALEAD serves a population that our community often overlooks: low-income, underserved Asian American youth. With minimal education and limited English proficiency, their immigrant parents often endure long hours at low-paying jobs – so helping with homework and communicating with schools are daunting tasks. AALEAD makes sure these youngsters don't get lost. Elementary school students receive academic support and enrichment activities; middle and high schoolers receive academic, social, and college prep support, as well as opportunities for leadership and civic engagement. Mentors encourage responsible behavior, strong life skills, academic success, and positive self-identity for youth from first grade through community college. And for the past six years, AALEAD's Youth Council has facilitated the region's only Asian Pacific American Youth Summit. Las year 100% of students moved on to the next grade level or to graduation. Culturally and linguistically appropriate services for these kids are all too rare, but AALead makes them possible.