Liberty's Promise

Liberty's Promise Liberty's Promise helps immigrant youth become successful, confident, and prepared to reach their own American Dreams. Please visit our web site at: http://www.libertyspromise.org

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We were thrilled to sit down with Gaithersburg High School alumna Obidon Bassinan earlier this month and hear her fantas...
10/20/2021
October Alumni Spotlight: Obidon Bassinan — Liberty's Promise

We were thrilled to sit down with Gaithersburg High School alumna Obidon Bassinan earlier this month and hear her fantastic story. Now an Electrical Engineer with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Obidon's parting advice for our current youth was;

"to never give up and always seek help when you need it. Also, the most important thing I learned is to network with people because they could be a point of contact, a reference for your future career.”

Be sure to read our full interview with Obidon by clicking the link below.

Obidon is a 2011 Graduate of Montgomery College, receiving her Associate in Electrical Engineering, and a 2014 Graduate of the University of Maryland, receiving her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering.

This month’s Alumni Spotlight shines on Senay Gebremedhin, an Opportunities Plus alumnus from Wakefield High School. Sen...
09/18/2021
September Alumni Spotlight: Senay Gebremedhin — Liberty's Promise

This month’s Alumni Spotlight shines on Senay Gebremedhin, an Opportunities Plus alumnus from Wakefield High School.

Senay says, "My advice to younger alumni and youth is to take advantage of internship opportunities, especially Opportunities Plus. Compared to other internships, Opportunities Plus is paid! I earned money while gaining valuable experiences that otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to afford. Internships allow you to build a network and grow your professional experience. I kept in touch with my supervisors at OAA for a very long time, and they were very helpful while I finished college and beyond that. In fact, they connected me to people they knew! An internship allows you to learn things that you wouldn’t learn outside of a professional office environment. Plus, you will look more competitive on any application with an internship experience."

Senay received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in African Studies from James Madison University. Currently, he is working at a non-profit called World Education Services.

Today was supposed to be our Inaugural Alumni Awards, where we celebrated the accomplishments of LP Alum Jonathan Jayes-...
09/17/2021

Today was supposed to be our Inaugural Alumni Awards, where we celebrated the accomplishments of LP Alum Jonathan Jayes-Green and long-term LP supporter Carol Sigelman. Please join us once again in congratulating our incredible awardees.

While we won't be celebrating in person this evening, our Silent Auction is still up and running, and we've some fantastic auction items available from our generous supporters, so head over to our virtual auction site and place your bids now!

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Today was supposed to be our Inaugural Alumni Awards, where we celebrated the accomplishments of LP Alum Jonathan Jayes-Green and long-term LP supporter Carol Sigelman. Please join us once again in congratulating our incredible awardees.

While we won't be celebrating in person this evening, our Silent Auction is still up and running, and we've some fantastic auction items available from our generous supporters, so head over to our virtual auction site and place your bids now!

https://app.galabid.com/lpsa/items

And the winner is...Jonathan Jayes-GreenWe are thrilled to be awarding the Inaugural Alumni Achievement Award to Jonatha...
08/24/2021

And the winner is...

Jonathan Jayes-Green

We are thrilled to be awarding the Inaugural Alumni Achievement Award to Jonathan Jayes-Green, an alum of our Civics and Citizenship program at John F. Kennedy High School and Vice President of Programs at Marguerite Casey Foundation.

An organizer, speaker, and most importantly, believer, Jonathan is a q***r, Afro-Panamanian, DACA recipient, who’s unwavering commitment to making the world a more just place is humbling. Jonathan joined Liberty’s Promise Sophomore year of High School, just a few years after their family migrated from Panama to Silver Spring, MD, like many immigrants, in search of the American dream.

To read more about Jonathan and their incredible achievements, check your inbox, or visit our website.

And the winner is...

Jonathan Jayes-Green

We are thrilled to be awarding the Inaugural Alumni Achievement Award to Jonathan Jayes-Green, an alum of our Civics and Citizenship program at John F. Kennedy High School and Vice President of Programs at Marguerite Casey Foundation.

An organizer, speaker, and most importantly, believer, Jonathan is a q***r, Afro-Panamanian, DACA recipient, who’s unwavering commitment to making the world a more just place is humbling. Jonathan joined Liberty’s Promise Sophomore year of High School, just a few years after their family migrated from Panama to Silver Spring, MD, like many immigrants, in search of the American dream.

To read more about Jonathan and their incredible achievements, check your inbox, or visit our website.

LP shines this month’s Alumni Spotlight on Priyanka Sharma, Alumna of High Point High School in Prince George’s County, ...
08/18/2021
August Alumni Spotlight: Priyanka Sharma — Liberty's Promise

LP shines this month’s Alumni Spotlight on Priyanka Sharma, Alumna of High Point High School in Prince George’s County, MD.

"The advice I would like to provide for the younger alumni is never give up on your dreams. If you put your mind to achieving something, then no one can stop you from achieving your goals and ambitions. Yes, sometimes it will take you longer to achieve your dreams but as long as you are pursuing it and never give up that is what matters. For example, I was placed in remedial classes at Montgomery College and it felt like I wasted 3 years, but I reminded myself that it did not matter how long I took I would continue until I achieve my goal of earning a bachelor's which I did this year!”

Read our full interview with Priyanka at https://www.libertyspromise.org/case-studies/august-alumni-spotlight.

LP shines this month’s Alumni Spotlight on Priyanka Sharma, Alumna of High Point High School in Prince George’s County, MD.

This month’s alumni spotlight shines on Michelle Yuan, an Opportunities Plus alumna from Chantilly High School in Virgin...
07/17/2021
July Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Yuan — Liberty's Promise

This month’s alumni spotlight shines on Michelle Yuan, an Opportunities Plus alumna from Chantilly High School in Virginia. Read what Michelle had to say on our website.

"I encourage alumni to take pride in being scrappy and resilient. The strength to boldly confront adversity, whether as an immigrant, first-generation student, or your unique circumstances, is something that you should hold on to. If you can find your niche, those skills will set you apart.

It is tough to get through a lot of the challenges to get to your platform and find your niche. It’s natural to struggle through that, but once you are through, you will be so thankful because those experiences make you so much stronger."

“I encourage alumni to take pride in being scrappy and resilient. The strength to boldly confront adversity, whether as an immigrant, first-generation student, or your unique circumstances, is something that you should hold on to. If you can find your niche, those skills will set you apart.”

Calling all LP Alumni!Our Alumni community is successful, diverse, and vibrant and is making real change in communities ...
07/09/2021

Calling all LP Alumni!

Our Alumni community is successful, diverse, and vibrant and is making real change in communities across the United States!

We’re thrilled to be launching our inaugural Alumni Awards on September 17, 2021. This award will recognize the outstanding achievement of an Alum who has brought distinction to themselves, credit to LP, and real benefit to their community.

Are you, or do you know an LP Alum who is deserving of this award? If so, please submit a nomination today.

tinyurl.com/LPAlumniAwards

Calling all LP Alumni!

Our Alumni community is successful, diverse, and vibrant and is making real change in communities across the United States!

We’re thrilled to be launching our inaugural Alumni Awards on September 17, 2021. This award will recognize the outstanding achievement of an Alum who has brought distinction to themselves, credit to LP, and real benefit to their community.

Are you, or do you know an LP Alum who is deserving of this award? If so, please submit a nomination today.

tinyurl.com/LPAlumniAwards

Our Newsletter is now live, if you've not yet signed up, be sure to visit the link below to check it out and sign up.A w...
06/29/2021

Our Newsletter is now live, if you've not yet signed up, be sure to visit the link below to check it out and sign up.

A well as providing exciting updates and events, each newsletter will feature one of our amazing youth, giving them the chance to share with you their story.

This month, we sat down with Potomac High School Student, Stacey:

"I was born in Ghana and I came to the United States when I was 9. I'm currently in 12th Grade at West Potomac High School and I have been a part of Liberty's Promise since 2018. Through LP, I got to get out of my house and explore. The program helped introduce me to some of the friends I have today."

https://www.libertyspromise.org/july-quarterly-newsletter

Our Newsletter is now live, if you've not yet signed up, be sure to visit the link below to check it out and sign up.

A well as providing exciting updates and events, each newsletter will feature one of our amazing youth, giving them the chance to share with you their story.

This month, we sat down with Potomac High School Student, Stacey:

"I was born in Ghana and I came to the United States when I was 9. I'm currently in 12th Grade at West Potomac High School and I have been a part of Liberty's Promise since 2018. Through LP, I got to get out of my house and explore. The program helped introduce me to some of the friends I have today."

https://www.libertyspromise.org/july-quarterly-newsletter

LP shines this month’s Alumni Spotlight on Emely Zavala, Alumna of John F. Kennedy High School, class of 2014. Emely say...
06/17/2021
June Alumni Spotlight: Emely Zavala — Liberty's Promise

LP shines this month’s Alumni Spotlight on Emely Zavala, Alumna of John F. Kennedy High School, class of 2014.

Emely says, "My advice to youth and alumni is to work hard. You don't have to be the "smartest" or "best," you simply need to work hard and be determined. Great things don't come easy, they come with sacrifice. You will come across moments where you will want to quit, but if you push past those moments/thoughts, you will see it was all worth it in the end.”

“My favorite memory of Liberty's Promise is the team atmosphere. My program officer was there to help you grow and achieve as a team. Liberty's promise assisted me in embracing my background, giving me confidence and the tools needed to continue my education after high school. They helped u

Join us on June 17th as we partner with Truist Bank to deliver a workshop on basic banking skills that you can use for t...
06/11/2021

Join us on June 17th as we partner with Truist Bank to deliver a workshop on basic banking skills that you can use for the rest of your lives!

The program will kick off with a short session on banking basics and participants will have the opportunity to join either the session on Budgeting or Becoming a Homeowner. The event will begin at 6 PM and you will have an opportunity to have your questions answered by representatives of Truist Bank.

To ensure you have a spot in the Budgeting or Becoming a Homeowner workshop, please complete the registration form below.

https://tinyurl.com/LPTBBBW

Join us on June 17th as we partner with Truist Bank to deliver a workshop on basic banking skills that you can use for the rest of your lives!

The program will kick off with a short session on banking basics and participants will have the opportunity to join either the session on Budgeting or Becoming a Homeowner. The event will begin at 6 PM and you will have an opportunity to have your questions answered by representatives of Truist Bank.

To ensure you have a spot in the Budgeting or Becoming a Homeowner workshop, please complete the registration form below.

https://tinyurl.com/LPTBBBW

LP shines this month's Alumni Spotlight on Frank Monney, Alumnus of our Civics and Citizenship program at John F. Kenned...
05/14/2021
May Alumni Spotlight: — Liberty's Promise

LP shines this month's Alumni Spotlight on Frank Monney, Alumnus of our Civics and Citizenship program at John F. Kennedy High School and current LP Mentor. Read what Frank had to say on our website.

https://www.libertyspromise.org/ouralumni/may-alumni-spotlight.

Frank says, "My advice to younger alumni is to think about career options early on. Not sure about college? Ask questions, and spend some time figuring out what you like or don’t like. Having somewhat of a clear vision of what profession you would like to do, will give you an indication as to whether or not college is worth the investment."

LP provided a safe space to be with like-minded people. Like many foreigners in high school, I was concerned about my spoken English and my accent to some extent. But in LP I felt that I could express myself freely, which eventually lead me to gain confidence to speak in my regular classes. Plus, I

We’re thrilled to announce that we are a 2021 Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Grantee. The support from Commu...
05/12/2021

We’re thrilled to announce that we are a 2021 Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Grantee. The support from Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will support 60 youth through our programs at T.C. Williams High School in the City of Alexandria.

We’re thrilled to announce that we are a 2021 Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Grantee. The support from Community Foundation for Northern Virginia will support 60 youth through our programs at T.C. Williams High School in the City of Alexandria.

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.”

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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.

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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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.
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