With minimal education and limited English proficiency, immigrant parents often endure long hours at low-paying jobs – so helping their kids with home- work and communicating with schools are daunting tasks. AALEAD makes sure their children don’t get lost. Elementary school students receive academic sup- port and enrichment activities; middle and high schoolers receive academic, social, and college prep support, as well as leadership and civic engagement opportunities. 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. Last year 100% of students moved on to the next grade level or to graduation. Culturally and linguistically appropriate services for these youth are all too rare, but AALEAD makes them possible – with your help, please.

Awards & Recognition

2015 Nonprofit of the Year - Asian American Chamber of Commerce
2014 Nancy Dworkin Outstanding Service to Youth Award - Organization Category
2010 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management Finalist
2008 Washingtonian Magazine Top Nonprofit in the DC Area
2004 Annie E. Casey Foundation FAMILIES COUNT National Honors Program Honoree
2004 Points of Light Foundation President's Award
2003 Eureka San Francisco Bay Area Eureka Mentor Award
2002 Venture Philanthropy Partners Investment Partner


    Budget (FY2016)

    • $3 million or higher
    • The current budget for Asian American LEAD is: $1 million to $3 million
    • $500k to $1 million
    • Less than $500k

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