For low-income, young immigrants without a support network, the American Dream remains just a dream. Liberty’s Promise helps them achieve their potential and become active, engaged citizens. Each year, 800 participants take a 10-week civics course to enrich their understanding of American democracy and gain first-hand experience: meeting local leaders (many are immigrants themselves), visiting government and municipal offices, and volunteering in the community. A Spanish language version of the program for English language learners builds skills that will help them succeed. Navigating the path to college and careers is central to the curriculum and some 100 youth also secure 8-week professional internships where they learn about the American workplace. Liberty's Promise has helped thousands of youth from over a hundred countries learn about and feel at home in the US. An investment here builds a stronger America for everyone.

COVID-19 Update: For many students who have shifted to digital learning, a huge challenge is the loss of physical community and peer engagement – especially challenging for young immigrants. To maintain these important connections, the team has launched both one-on-one and group meetings over Zoom. While the hope is to return to in-person, after-school programming, virtual support will continue until that becomes possible.

Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 4; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; 2900A Jefferson Davis Hwy; 2900A Jefferson Davis Hwy

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees

Schools They Work In: Bladensburg High School (Bladensburg); Gaithersburg High School (Gaithersburg); High Point High School (Beltsville); John F. Kennedy High School (Silver Spring); Montgomery Blair High School (Silver Spring); Northwestern High School (Hyattsville); Northwood High School (Silver Spring); Parkdale High School (Riverdale Park); Theodore Roosevelt High School (Washington, DC); T.C. Williams High School (Alexandria); Wakefield High School (Arlington); West Potomac High School (Alexandria - Fairfax); Wheaton High School (Wheaton); Falls Church High School (Falls Church); Lee High School (Spingfield); Parkville High School (Baltimore County); Ben Franklin (Baltimore); Patterson (Baltimore)

  • High school graduation rate (or GED completion rate) of your students:   98%
  • College acceptance rate of your students:   64%
  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   800
  • Number of Youth Served:   5,321

Awards & Recognition

Distinguished Service Award, MCPS, 2015.

WETA American Graduate Champion, 2014.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Partner for Peace, 2014

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Partner for Peace, 2013

The Hugh A. Johnson Jr. Memorial Award, 2011

Community Partner, Metropolitan Community Church, 2011


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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Liberty's Promise is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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