Young Leaders plan and participate in ongoing and one-time volunteer opportunitites to assist Jewish and other immigrants.

Naturalization Help & Civics Tutoring in DC

Each month, Young Leaders volunteer to work with Central American immigrants at CARECEN DC in Columbia Heights, tutoring English and Civics.

At the end of each session, volunteers act as USCIS officers and give mock immigration interviews to prepare individuals for their naturalization exam. For more information, contact Liza Lieberman.

Upcoming tutoring opportunities:

  • The current session of tutoring at CARECEN has finished. Please stay tuned for future opportunities!

 myStory Project with Young Leaders

A valuable resource for historians and future generations to come, myStory preserves the dramatic stories of immigrants to America and marks the 40th anniversary of the Campaign for Soviet Jewry.

Immigrants recount stories of struggles and accomplishments, pass on memories, remember loved ones, upload important documents and photos, and express their hopes for the future.

You can help build this archive by raising awareness in your local community and hosting events to facilitate the recording of these stories. Please email us for more information about getting involved with the myStory project.

Past Young Leader Programs with the myStory Project

Washington, DC: HIAS Young Leaders DC hosted a Hannukah party/luncheon and myStory kickoff event in December 2008 for the Russian Community in Rockville, Maryland—most of whom were resettled by HIAS in the 1980s. Since this event, HYL staff and volunteers have trained Russian teenagers to interview elders in their community so that their stories can be preserved through myStory. This initiative is through a partnership between HYL-DC and the Shalom Education Center, a school for Russian immigrants ages 4-15, which teaches Hebrew, Jewish History, Russian Language, and Literature.

To learn more and get involved with this partnership, please contact Liza Lieberman.

Past Projects

New York:  HIAS Young Leaders in New York teamed up with teens from the JCCA Bukharian Teen Lounge in Queens for a variety of volunteer and cultural exchange activities. Our latest project involved volunteering at a soup kitchen in lower Manhattan to emphasize the importance of giving back to one's community.

Washington, DC:  Young Leaders in DC formed a partnership with the Shalom Education Center, which promotes Jewish literacy to enhance and nurture Jewish identity within the Russian community of the Washington Metropolitan area. Most recently, Young Leaders assisted the school by teaching chess to students every other Sunday for over two years.

Los Angeles:  Young Leaders in the LA area have volunteered at a local food pantry helping organize and box food for immigrants in their communities.