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Next Tuesday at 4 pm, we'll be joining by an amazing team from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, to he...
05/07/2021

Next Tuesday at 4 pm, we'll be joining by an amazing team from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, to hear about their current work and career paths. If you'd like to attend next week's LP Career Chat, get in touch!

Next Tuesday at 4 pm, we'll be joining by an amazing team from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, to hear about their current work and career paths. If you'd like to attend next week's LP Career Chat, get in touch!

Thanks to a generous donation from ZGF Architects, we are now at 69% of our #Spring2ACTion goal. To ensure we can suppor...
04/28/2021

Thanks to a generous donation from ZGF Architects, we are now at 69% of our #Spring2ACTion goal. To ensure we can support 50 young immigrants transition back to in-person learning at TC Williams this coming fall, please make a gift today and it will be DOUBLED by ZGF!

https://www.spring2action.org/organizations/libertyspromise

Thanks to a generous donation from ZGF Architects, we are now at 69% of our #Spring2ACTion goal. To ensure we can support 50 young immigrants transition back to in-person learning at TC Williams this coming fall, please make a gift today and it will be DOUBLED by ZGF!

https://www.spring2action.org/organizations/libertyspromise

Tomorrow is #Spring2ACTion, and this year we'll be asking our community to support our work at T.C. Williams High School...
04/27/2021
Falling behind | Virtual learning through a pandemic

Tomorrow is #Spring2ACTion, and this year we'll be asking our community to support our work at T.C. Williams High School. Ana, a CE-BELL* participant, and honor roll student recently spoke with the Washington Post about the challenges she has faced with virtual learning, which are challenges faced by many of our youth. Your support is needed now more than ever, allowing us to provide a comprehensive support network for our youth, like Ana, which will be crucial in helping them get back on track after a year of virtual learning, to ensure that they are able to take advantage of all the opportunities available to them in their new home.

*Our Civic Engagement for Beginning English Language Learners (CE-BELL) program supports Spanish-speaking youth who have only recently arrived in the country. The youth in our CE-BELL program are not only studying, but are also juggling work, learning English, and many other familial responsibilities. By providing a program entirely in Spanish, we are able to ensure that these students don't miss out on valuable information just because they are still learning English. When youth are able to access programming in Spanish, it alleviates some of the stress our youth face, as they know they can receive crucial information for their futures in a language they understand.

Like students all across the country, Ana Reyes was sent home to take her high school classes online because of the pandemic. But as an immigrant who speaks English as a second language, she faced unique challenges with remote learning. The Washington Post spent six months documenting Reyes and a te...

On April 28th, help us celebrate #Spring2ACTion and support our work at T. C. Williams High School.Did you know the aver...
04/25/2021

On April 28th, help us celebrate #Spring2ACTion and support our work at T. C. Williams High School.

Did you know the average Virginia High School graduation rate is 92%, with 69% going off to college and for a young immigrant this number plummets to 73% and 53% respectively?

With your help, we’ve been supporting young immigrants, like Naty, buck that trend.

Naty is an Alumnus of the class of 2017 and currently a junior at The George Washington University studying Computer Science.

“I am originally from Ethiopia and came to the U.S in 2013. I was tossed into high school without any guidance. The environment was new and I had a challenging time learning. During this difficult transition, I joined LP’s after-school Civics program and things seem to get better from there. Not only did I learn about my new high school environment, but also learned about career opportunities, college, and American culture. Most importantly, I gained confidence and learned new skills that would help me in the future, such as how to conduct myself in a professional, respectful manner, learned how to write a resume, and so on. I can confidently say that the mock interviews helped me during real interviews and I got all the jobs that I applied for.

Looking back, my favorite memory during my time in LP were election days! Election day happened at the beginning of each semester, students would elect peers into leadership positions like president, VP, and secretary. Students would volunteer to run for each spot and would prepare a speech to and try to convince everyone why they are better than their opponent. Everyone took this very seriously, and I enjoyed participating and seeing everyone’s competitive nature. Plus, I got to practice public speaking.

My advice to youth and other alumni that are pursuing a college education is to try to get the best out of your college experience. Explore all opportunities offered at your university, for example, join a club, find an internship, and volunteer. These experiences will help broaden and improve your skills that will come in handy in the future.”

On April 28th, help us celebrate #Spring2ACTion and support our work at T. C. Williams High School.

Did you know the average Virginia High School graduation rate is 92%, with 69% going off to college and for a young immigrant this number plummets to 73% and 53% respectively?

With your help, we’ve been supporting young immigrants, like Naty, buck that trend.

Naty is an Alumnus of the class of 2017 and currently a junior at The George Washington University studying Computer Science.

“I am originally from Ethiopia and came to the U.S in 2013. I was tossed into high school without any guidance. The environment was new and I had a challenging time learning. During this difficult transition, I joined LP’s after-school Civics program and things seem to get better from there. Not only did I learn about my new high school environment, but also learned about career opportunities, college, and American culture. Most importantly, I gained confidence and learned new skills that would help me in the future, such as how to conduct myself in a professional, respectful manner, learned how to write a resume, and so on. I can confidently say that the mock interviews helped me during real interviews and I got all the jobs that I applied for.

Looking back, my favorite memory during my time in LP were election days! Election day happened at the beginning of each semester, students would elect peers into leadership positions like president, VP, and secretary. Students would volunteer to run for each spot and would prepare a speech to and try to convince everyone why they are better than their opponent. Everyone took this very seriously, and I enjoyed participating and seeing everyone’s competitive nature. Plus, I got to practice public speaking.

My advice to youth and other alumni that are pursuing a college education is to try to get the best out of your college experience. Explore all opportunities offered at your university, for example, join a club, find an internship, and volunteer. These experiences will help broaden and improve your skills that will come in handy in the future.”

A little can go a long way when we get together and give together on April 28th for #Spring2ACTion! Join the movement, a...
04/24/2021

A little can go a long way when we get together and give together on April 28th for #Spring2ACTion!

Join the movement, and help support more young people across Alexandria like Liya (below).

"I was born in Ethiopia and moved to the United States in late 2019 as a sophomore. A few months later we couldn't go to school in person because of COVID-19.

In my junior year, I was looking for help to educate me about the process of applying to college and helping me to find careers. That's when I found Liberty's promise at TC Williams High School. Even with COVID-19 around, I have gotten a lot of help. I was able to find out what colleges suit me best, I was able to find many scholarships, and also found a lot of internships based on my interest.

Liberty's Promise has helped me a lot in less than a year."

A little can go a long way when we get together and give together on April 28th for #Spring2ACTion!

Join the movement, and help support more young people across Alexandria like Liya (below).

"I was born in Ethiopia and moved to the United States in late 2019 as a sophomore. A few months later we couldn't go to school in person because of COVID-19.

In my junior year, I was looking for help to educate me about the process of applying to college and helping me to find careers. That's when I found Liberty's promise at TC Williams High School. Even with COVID-19 around, I have gotten a lot of help. I was able to find out what colleges suit me best, I was able to find many scholarships, and also found a lot of internships based on my interest.

Liberty's Promise has helped me a lot in less than a year."

Join us next Wednesday as we hear from the team at The Herb Block Foundation about their amazing Scholarships. TheHerb B...
04/23/2021

Join us next Wednesday as we hear from the team at The Herb Block Foundation about their amazing Scholarships.

TheHerb Block Scholarship provides financial assistance to high school graduates, community college students, and adult learners who wish to continue their studies at Washington, D.C. area community colleges. The scholarship is “last dollar” valued at up to $8,000 per academic year not to exceed $16,000 over the life of the scholarship.

For more info on the scholarships visit, https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/scholarships

or get in touch for details about Wednesday's info session

Join us next Wednesday as we hear from the team at The Herb Block Foundation about their amazing Scholarships.

TheHerb Block Scholarship provides financial assistance to high school graduates, community college students, and adult learners who wish to continue their studies at Washington, D.C. area community colleges. The scholarship is “last dollar” valued at up to $8,000 per academic year not to exceed $16,000 over the life of the scholarship.

For more info on the scholarships visit, https://www.herbblockfoundation.org/scholarships

or get in touch for details about Wednesday's info session

Join us tomorrow at 4pm to hear from @sammedvenerealtor and the team at @century21 about careers in Real Estate. Drop us...
04/19/2021

Join us tomorrow at 4pm to hear from @sammedvenerealtor and the team at @century21 about careers in Real Estate. Drop us a DM if you’d like the zoom details!

Our April Alumni Spotlight shines on Sara Elashaal, an Alumna from our Opportunities Plus program at Justice High School...
04/16/2021
April Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Elashaal — Liberty's Promise

Our April Alumni Spotlight shines on Sara Elashaal, an Alumna from our Opportunities Plus program at Justice High School.

Sara says, "I want to encourage young alumni to start thinking about their goals, think about what you want to do in life. After you have your goals, you must now pursue them; for example, if you want to be a doctor, find an internship in a medical office and shadow a doctor, shadowing a doctor is a great way to find out if a career in medicine might be right for you. That can be applied in every career, shadowing for any profession will give you a better understanding of what their typical day is like, and give you good experience to talk about in your applications and interviews when you are applying for scholarships, jobs, and colleges."

To read our full interview with Sara, visit
https://www.libertyspromise.org/ouralumni

“I am currently working as a dentist in Washington, DC, providing affordable dental care to underprivileged children in the DC area. Also, I take my two young kids to that same library where I did my first internship.”

It's that time of year again, Spring2ACTion is happening NOW! With your support, we can support 50 young students from T...
04/15/2021

It's that time of year again, Spring2ACTion is happening NOW!

With your support, we can support 50 young students from T.C. Williams High School to discover the pathways and options for their education, and feel at home in Alexandria each semester.

Between now and April 28, we'll be sharing stories and memories of LP's work at TC Williams on our social media pages. We invite you to help us spread the word and amplify our voice by liking, sharing, and posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtags #Spring2ACTion, #LibertysPromise, and #ResilientALX2021.

https://www.spring2action.org/organizations/libertyspromise

It's that time of year again, Spring2ACTion is happening NOW!

With your support, we can support 50 young students from T.C. Williams High School to discover the pathways and options for their education, and feel at home in Alexandria each semester.

Between now and April 28, we'll be sharing stories and memories of LP's work at TC Williams on our social media pages. We invite you to help us spread the word and amplify our voice by liking, sharing, and posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtags #Spring2ACTion, #LibertysPromise, and #ResilientALX2021.

https://www.spring2action.org/organizations/libertyspromise

We're thrilled to share with you our re-vamped LP Newsletter, if you're not currently on our mailing list, please check ...
04/02/2021

We're thrilled to share with you our re-vamped LP Newsletter, if you're not currently on our mailing list, please check out the link below and sign up!

In addition to providing exciting updates on our work and upcoming events, each newsletter will feature one of our amazing youth, giving them the chance to share with you their story. In this edition, we sat down with Northwood High School Student, Ever, who had these parting words of encouragement for young immigrants.

"If you are someone, who just arrived in the United States you should know that nothing it's impossible. Do not feel lonely if you are a student, whose first language is not English! Believe in yourself" - Ever, Honduras

https://1b97dc-e55.icpage.net/march-21-newsletter

We're thrilled to share with you our re-vamped LP Newsletter, if you're not currently on our mailing list, please check out the link below and sign up!

In addition to providing exciting updates on our work and upcoming events, each newsletter will feature one of our amazing youth, giving them the chance to share with you their story. In this edition, we sat down with Northwood High School Student, Ever, who had these parting words of encouragement for young immigrants.

"If you are someone, who just arrived in the United States you should know that nothing it's impossible. Do not feel lonely if you are a student, whose first language is not English! Believe in yourself" - Ever, Honduras

https://1b97dc-e55.icpage.net/march-21-newsletter

Our March Alumni Spotlight is Erma Parrish, Alumna of our Civics and Citizenship program at Wheaton High School and curr...
03/12/2021
March Alumni Spotlight: Erma Parrish — Liberty's Promise

Our March Alumni Spotlight is Erma Parrish, Alumna of our Civics and Citizenship program at Wheaton High School and current LP Mentor. Read what Erma had to say at https://www.libertyspromise.org/ouralumni/march-alumni-spotlight-erma-parrish.

Erma wants to " remind younger alumni that it will be so easy to collect and carry around achievements after achievements because we believe you have what it takes to pursue anything you find interesting in life or during your time in college; but please don’t forget the most important part of it all - the self. I hope everyone is doing their self-care and managing their mental health because at the end of the day who you are will take you farther than any achievement or success. Understanding the “Who am I?” piece without the grade, the medal, the title, the income, the busy schedule, etc. will be your tool in life and the most important investment you can ever have."

“I decided to attend LP’s after-school program because I didn’t want to go home right after school. At that time, my family and I were living in a basement and LP became a safe space that I could go to after a long day of school. “

This month’s Alumni Spotlight shines on Jonathan Jayes-Green, a Civics and Citizenship graduate from John F. Kennedy Hig...
02/09/2021

This month’s Alumni Spotlight shines on Jonathan Jayes-Green, a Civics and Citizenship graduate from John F. Kennedy High School. Read what Jonathan had to say at https://www.libertyspromise.org/ouralumni/february-alumni-spotlight-jonathan-jayes-green.

Jonathan's advice to students pursuing a college education is: "Be bold with your ambitions, dreams, and hopes for the future. There are so many people and systems that do not wish to see us succeed, let alone dream. I believe it’s our job to do it anyways. Also, take advantage of every opportunity you can to help you get there."

This month’s Alumni Spotlight shines on Jonathan Jayes-Green, a Civics and Citizenship graduate from John F. Kennedy High School. Read what Jonathan had to say at https://www.libertyspromise.org/ouralumni/february-alumni-spotlight-jonathan-jayes-green.

Jonathan's advice to students pursuing a college education is: "Be bold with your ambitions, dreams, and hopes for the future. There are so many people and systems that do not wish to see us succeed, let alone dream. I believe it’s our job to do it anyways. Also, take advantage of every opportunity you can to help you get there."

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2900A Richmond Hwy
Alexandria, VA
22305

General information

* Civics and Citizenship teaches immigrant youth about their community and how to become active participants in American civic life. * Civic Engagement for Beginning English Language Learners (CE-BELL) teaches Spanish-speaking youth about their community and how to become active participants in American civic life, with a mild English language component. * Opportunities Plus organizes professional internships for low-income documented immigrant youth in government, the media, and for-profit and nonprofit businesses.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(703) 549-9950

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Since 2005, we've served more than 5,000 low-income immigrant youth who represent 122 countries through our after-school civic engagement programs and eight-week internship program. We currently run 21 after-school programs in: Maryland - Baltimore, Montgomery & Prince George's Counties and the City of Baltimore Virginia - Arlington & Fairfax Counties and the City of Alexandria Washington D.C.

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TOTS PROGRAM! We are starting December with our growing tots program! We are accepting boys and girls ages 4-6yo. For more information, DM.
We invite you to join us tomorrow, Friday, September 18th from 7pm-9pm as we celebrate an important milestone: 15 years of the programs of Liberty’s Promise. Purchase your ticket here: https://libertyspromise.networkforgood.com/events/22864-many-voices-one-community-15th-year-anniversary-virtual-benefit?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_756877
Social distancing can't stop us from hosting our annual fundraiser! We are proudly celebrating 15 years of service to low-income immigrant youth, and raising a glass to many more! Our Many Voices, One Community benefit is named with you in mind. We wouldn't be where we are today without you! We are also using this virtual platform to connect you with our amazing youth, who will share their culture and creativity with you through class videos, which will be for sale at the event. These classes can be taken on your own schedule, and will showcase our youth as they introduce you to international art, cooking classes, and cultural traditions. Youth are our focus here at Liberty's Promise, so it's an honor to make them the focus of our event this year! Our live event includes an interactive Kahoot competition that you won't want to miss! Three rounds of trivia will give our audience the chance to exercise their brains and learn more about Culture, Geography, and Liberty's Promise! Kahoot is a favorite in our programs, and we know you will enjoy the experience, as well as the opportunity to win LP swag! We look forward to seeing you there! Here is the link to purchase your ticket: https://libertyspromise.networkforgood.com/events/22864-many-voices-one-community-15th-year-anniversary-virtual-benefit?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_756877
Social distancing can't stop us from hosting our annual fundraiser! We are proudly celebrating 15 years of service to low-income immigrant youth, and raising a glass to many more! Our Many Voices, One Community benefit is named with you in mind. We wouldn't be where we are today without you! We are also using this virtual platform to connect you with our amazing youth, who will share their culture and creativity with you through class videos, which will be for sale at the event. These classes can be taken on your own schedule, and will showcase our youth as they introduce you to international art, cooking classes, and cultural traditions. Youth are our focus here at Liberty's Promise, so it's an honor to make them the focus of our event this year! Our live event includes an interactive Kahoot competition that you won't want to miss! Three rounds of trivia will give our audience the chance to exercise their brains and learn more about Culture, Geography, and Liberty's Promise! Kahoot is a favorite in our programs, and we know you will enjoy the experience, as well as the opportunity to win LP swag! We look forward to seeing you there! Here is the link to purchase your ticket: https://libertyspromise.networkforgood.com/events/22864-many-voices-one-community-15th-year-anniversary-virtual-benefit?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_756877
I really enjoyed the LinkedIn workshop! I found it very informative and will follow up with the links at the end of that presentation.
Getting creating with the pickup sticks for our park cleanup near John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring #libertyspromise #civicengagement #immigrantsmakeamericagreat
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