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Mission Statement

Founded in 1998, Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) seeks to promote the well-being of Asian American youth and families through education, leadership development, and community-building. We focus on the Vietnamese, Amerasian, and Chinese immigrant and refugee communities in the Mt. Pleasant, Columbia Heights, and Shaw neighborhoods of Washington, DC.

AALEAD's overaching goal is to increase the opportunities and ability of low-income Asian American children to move out of poverty and become successful, self-sufficient adults. AALEAD firmly believes that education is the key to meeting this goal. However, AALEAD understands that children need additional family, school, and personal supports, not just academic assistance, to succeed. Consequently, AALEAD uses a four pronged approach to youth development, offering each child after school intervention in a safe space, mentoring, family support and educational advocacy.


The mentor program at Asian American LEAD matches children and youth with professionals helping them develop the academic and life skills necessary to succeed in school. This is a unique opportunity to develop and enhance young people's awareness of and belief in their own potential, and assist them with bridging cultures, academics, college choices, and other acculturation issues.

This highly successful program has been lauded by both mentors and mentees as a life-changing, deeply rewarding experience.

You do not need to speak Vietnamese to be a mentor. It is helpful, but certainly not a requirement. The time commitment is two hours a week for a full year.

There are also short-term volunteer opportunities such as assisting with the production of an event to becoming a tutor for a school advisory period. There are also vo lunteer teaching assistant positions open. You may also want to contact us if you have an opening for a student to learn about your corporation or small business by interning, for a nominal fee, with your company.

To get involved as a mentor , or to volunteer in other capacities please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Ngoc Trinh at



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