Since 2005, we’ve served 1,570 immigrant youth representing 95 countries for young immigrants in need (ages 15-21) through:
Civics and Citizenship – This is our largest program and serves at least 320 immigrant youth annually in the DC Metro Area. The goal of the program is for youth to become civically engaged in their community, realizing they have an important role to play in our community. The program increases youths’ school attendance, engagement, and self-esteem. This program is completely free for youth, and LP provides a meal for youth at each session and covers their transportation expenses. Since 2005, we have served 1,296 immigrant youth through this program.
Opportunities Plus – This program places low-income, documented, immigrant youth, ages 15-21, in eight- or ten-week unpaid internships with local businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits. Prior to their internship placements, youth participate in a four-hour job skills workshop, where they develop a cover letter, resume, and interview skills. LP provides participants with a modest allowance to cover their food and transportation costs for the unpaid internship. To date, 384 youth have gained professional skills, workplace knowledge, and confidence in their abilities through this program.
Anything & Everything! We help our participants, and by extension their families, with literally anything and everything they need. We connect them to job opportunities, youth leadership programs, scholarship programs, financial aid programs, housing, legal, or tutoring services, volunteer opportunities and on and on. Whatever they need or request, we help find the answer for them, walking them through the system and giving them the reins to maneuver on their own. In this capacity, we’ve provided an additional 647 services in just three years alone.