Asian American LEAD serves a population that our community often overlooks: low-income, under-served Asian American youth. With minimal education and limited English proficiency, their immigrant parents are often relegated to long hours at low-paying jobs – so guiding their children to the best resources, helping with homework, or communicating with schools, are daunting tasks. AALEAD makes sure these youngsters don't fall through the cracks. Elementary school students receive academic support and have enrichment activities after school; middle and high school students receive academic, social, and college preparatory support, and significant opportunities for leadership and civic engagement. Mentors encourage (and model) responsible behavior, strong life skills, academic success, and positive self-identity – all goals for the youth. And with their guidance, young people take ownership of their lives: last summer, the Youth Council planned and hosted the region's first-ever Asian Pacific American Youth Summit. And last year, 99% of students moved on to the next grade level or to graduation. Culturally and linguistically appropriate services for these youngsters are all too rare. You can take the lead.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Fairfax County; Chinatown, DC; Columbia Heights, DC; Germantown, MD; Rockville, MD; Silver Spring, MD; Wheaton, MD; Annandale, VA

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Latino/Hispanic; Other

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

Schools They Work In: A. Mario Loiederman Middle School; Annandale High School; Argyle Middle School; Bancroft Elementary School; BASIS Public Charter School; Montgomery Blair High School; Roberto Clemente Middle School; Deal Middle School; Eastern Middle School; Albert Einstein High School; Holmes Middle School; Jefferson Middle School; McKinley Technology High School; Newport Mill Middle School; Parkland Middle School; Phelps ACE High School; Poe Middle School; School Without Walls; Thomson Elementary School; Julius West Middle School; Wheaton High School; Woodrow Wilson High School


  • Number of children we serve through After School, Summer, and Mentoring Programs annually.:   300
  • Number of hours of Student Service Learning hours AALEAD youth completed in FY13.:   4,000

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

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Budget (FY2012)

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

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