LEAD is a free workforce development program for young immigrant women combining skills training, teamwork, and leadership development. Key goals are to support and prepare our participants for entry into the NYC workforce or to pursue higher education.

LEAD for New Moms offers workforce development alongside free childcare for immigrant mothers of young children.



LEAD and LEAD for New Moms are 100% free for our participants, their families, and our libraries and other partners.



Any immigrant woman above the age of 18 is eligible. LEAD series are open to immigrant women in general, and LEAD for New Moms is offered for immigrant mothers of young children.


Locations & schedule

LEAD and LEAD for New Moms series are offered at several New York Public Library branches and other host locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, several times during the year:

  • Spring Series: February to June, 4 to 8 weeks (3 hours/week)
  • Fall Series: September to December, 4 to 8 weeks (3 hours/week)



Through a series of interactive workshops, participants learn how to write a great resume and LinkedIn profile; practice their job interview, networking, and English communication skills; learn about the US workplace culture and environment; gain self-confidence; and practice teamwork and public speaking.

We invite LEAD and LEAD for New Moms graduates to stay involved through the Community Ambassadors Group in order to continue the leadership cycle and grow New Women New Yorkers’ community.