Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) supports low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth with educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities through after school, summer, and mentoring programs. We are the only youth organization that serves low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth in the District of Columbia; Montgomery County, MD; and most recently, Fairfax County, VA. Our Mentoring Program matches youth between the ages of 10-18 with caring and committed adults from the community. Mentors meet one-on-one with their mentees, engaging in activities in their local community. Mentors must be 21 or older and must be committed to meeting with their student for a minimum of 6 hours a month for a year.
BEST Kids is a nonprofit mentoring organization that empowers youth in foster care to build better futures, one child at a time. Through our one-on-one volunteer mentoring, our extensive training, staff support and our experiential-learning-based peer group, we encourage our youth to discover and develop their unique skills and abilities. We work with youth between the ages of 6 and 21 years old to develop a positive sense of self, to acquire teamwork and group social skills, and to become productive members of society.
BEST Kids mentors spend ten hours a month in person with their mentees and also maintain weekly contact in some form. Our community-based mentoring model allows for the match to explore the community and new activities in order to broaden the child’s world-view and expose them to new opportunities for growth. This program model also allows for mentors and mentees to tailor their mentoring sessions to the pair’s agreed upon short and long term goals. Mentors and mentees participate in activities that both parties will enjoy; some favorites have been ice skating, bowling, rock climbing, and visiting local museums. Additionally, once a month all mentors and mentees attend peer group events through which they can engage in age-appropriate, experiential learning activities. Some past peer group events have been canoeing, bike riding, rock climbing, and community service projects.
Requirements to become a mentor:
- You must be 21 years old or older;
- You must intend to be in the area long enough to fulfill your minimum 1 year commitment;
- You must have access to a reliable vehicle; either you own a car or have a subscription to zipcar, etc.;
- Clean driving record and clean criminal background record.
Horton’s Kids is a community-based organization that serves 500 children, grades K through 12, living in an isolated neighborhood called Wellington Park in Washington, DC’s Ward 8. Horton’s Kids’ mission is to empower at-risk children and prepare them for successful and healthy lives through educational opportunities and comprehensive programs tailored to their needs.
This organization provides a holistic, research-based continuum of academic, enrichment, and basic needs supports designed to empower children to succeed.Horton’s Kids believe circumstance should not dictate a child’s future, and that every child should graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, career, and life. With the goal of seeing every child graduate from high school ready for college, career, and life, Horton’s Kids is having significant impacts on the children we serve. The high school graduation rate for a Horton’s Kid is nearly twice the neighborhood average.
Horton’s Kids is looking for dedicated volunteers to tutor and mentor children, grades K through 12! Horton’s Kids has after school tutoring every day of the week during the school year. They also have a mentoring program that works on a more flexible basis.
Reading Partners is dedicated to unlocking the skills of students who struggle with reading. We provide one-on-one reading instruction to elementary school students reading below grade level to help them succeed in school and in life. Without reading, kids don’t have an equitable chance at success. We believe that regardless of their environment, given the right support and resources, all kids can learn to read. Reading Partners builds a partnership with teachers, parents, and community volunteers to provide students the support they need. By providing volunteer tutors research-based, structured lesson plans designed to focus on the individual needs of our students, Reading Partners helps students become strong, confident readers with a passion for learning.
Higher Achievement’s rigorous after-school and summer academic program closes the opportunity gap for middle school youth in under-served communities. The program’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. On average, 96 percent of Higher Achievement scholars who complete the program advance to top academic high schools, and 93 percent advance to college.
FLOC’s vision is a city where every child’s potential – regardless of zip code, skin color or family status – is unlocked with a post-secondary degree, opening the doors to success in life. Barely more than 60 percent of DC students graduate high school, and a staggering number of DC youth are unemployed and aren’t enrolled in post-secondary education. DC has the highest proportion of young adults in the country with college degrees, yet only 10 percent of students who graduate from DC Public Schools will receive post-secondary degrees.
FLOC sparks community transformation one young person at a time by paving the way to post-secondary success for DC students. We ensure access to free, high-quality afterschool services from 1st grade through college and career, exposing our students to experiences and opportunities that help them establish a framework of success that will serve them for decades to come. For 50 years, FLOC’s results-driven programs have transformed the lives of youth from DC’s most under-resourced communities. We have served more than 10,000 children in that time and since 2006, 100 percent of our high school seniors have graduated on time. We continue to support our students after graduation with college and career programming
The Heyman Interages® Center brings together adults and students in programs that enrich the lives of students academically, socially and culturally. At the same time, Interages®’ programs help adults maintain community connections by sharing their skills and time through opportunities to build healthy relationships with the younger generation. We invite volunteers age 50+ to participate in our numerous programs that provide intergenerational strategies to addressing challenges facing students, older adults, schools and communities.
Little Lights Urban Ministries provides holistic ministry and services to children and families living in poverty in Washington, D.C., primarily focusing in Potomac Gardens and Hopkins, two public housing communities on Capitol Hill. Little Lights provides high quality and intensive after-school and summer programs with academics and enrichment, one-to-one mentoring, and arts-based programs. Little Lights also provides economic empowerment and family resource programs through the Family Center, on-the-job training, and the Clean Green Team, a landscaping micro-enterprise. The Little Lights mission is to empower under-served youth and families in Washington, D.C. with the love of Christ. We seek to develop their God-given potential spiritually, socially, and intellectually through academics, life skills, the arts, and discipleship.
College Bound offers tutoring, mentoring, ACT/SAT preparation, and academic and career guidance free-of-charge to assist students in the District of Columbia metropolitan area in meeting their post-secondary educational goals. We are currently recruiting volunteers for the upcoming school year to mentor our 8th-12th grade students at one of our conveniently located sites across the city for 2 hours each week. You may contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kamil Arrington, for more information.
Kid Power inspires youth leadership by promoting academic advancement, physical and emotional wellness, and positive civic engagement in under-served communities throughout the District of Columbia. Currently, Kid Power provides innovative after-school and summer programs to approximately 425 elementary and middle school students at ten sites across the city. Kid Power prides itself on its commitment to robust evaluation systems, innovative and differentiated instruction, dynamic community partnerships, and supportive family engagement practices. Kid Power embraces youth voice and believes that every young person can become an informed and engaged advocate for change in their own lives and in their communities.
Youth in Mind, Inc. (YIMI) is a minority women-led organization located in Columbia Heights serving youth ages 7 to 17 in the metropolitan area. YIMI is a structured organization which empowers, supports and guides youth in all areas of their personal, academic, and professional development. Through emphasis on necessary principals like values, discipline and respect, they work with youth through adolescence, puberty and into adulthood. YIMI creates opportunities that will improve their lives and help strengthen their connection with their communities, families, higher learning institutions, and the business world that awaits them.
Project Northstar is a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program serving over 100 children in grades K-12 in Columbia Heights. The program was founded in 1989 by a multi-racial coalition of young community leaders from the Coalition of 100 Black Women, Concerned Black Men, and three law firms and has served more than 1500 children. Their mission is to help children overcome barriers to achievement in school and promote academic success.
Teens Run DC promotes the physical, social, and emotional well-being of under served youth through a mentoring and distance running program. Youth in the program participate in running and life skills trainings each week, receive the support of an individual mentor and an embracing community, and engage in races, community events, and service learning opportunities. Through the program, middle and high school youth of all abilities and backgrounds envision and work towards their running and life goals.
For nearly 40 years, Communities In Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The story of Communities In Schools began in the 1970s, when Founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside public schools – where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable. “It’s relationships, not programs, that change children,” Bill once said. “A great program simply creates the environment for healthy relationships to form between adults and children. Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level, and when they also have a sense of belonging to a caring community.” And that’s exactly what Communities In Schools does. Today, we are the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Our unique model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it’s food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help.
Our mission is to embody a vision of community based upon justice, compassion, and spirituality that values every individual and promotes the growth of mutual relationships. City Gate has always believed in helping those on the margins of urban society to participate more fully in the life and benefits of the larger community. We use strategies of partnership in ministries that address the needs of urban youth, the homeless, the poor, the immigrant, and others who are disadvantaged or disenfranchised. We also provide bridges of friendship and service for individuals and mission groups to understand and participate in the struggles and challenges of the disadvantaged or disenfranchised. In order to make this possible, we enlist support from those among the general public who wish to strengthen our communities through programs of service and education, and through development of innovative strategies and structures for social change. We accept volunteers of all ages, provided there is an adult chaperone. There are opportunities for all to support City Gate!
“A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained. – Shawn Hitchcock”
The CFLS Family 2 Family Mentoring Program is designed to help fill the need for positive role models in the lives of people who need it most. Our main goal is to empower, encourage, and engage our mentee families. We do this by matching effective mentors with our mentee families. The mentors help provide the tools and skills needed to strengthen family relationships, find employment, stabilize living arrangements and become self-sufficient. Mentors join forces with the Program Case Manager and CFLS Employment Specialist to help mentee families build a strong community support network and gain the skills and confidence necessary to achieve their life goals.
Learning Life’s Citizen Diplomacy Initiative (CDI) is a free program that connects eligible American families with families in other nations of the world through “virtual exchange,” or live internet video. CDI aims to nurture peace and family and youth development through international dialogue and collaboration. The international dialogues take place every 1-4 weeks depending on the families’ availability, interest and focus of discussion. Between the dialogues, the volunteer moderators meet with their respective family’s child/ren to engage in project-relevant learning in the community (visit a local museum or farm, attend a community discussion, learn how to take better photos, etc.), and share that learning with the family abroad.
Based at 1527 & 1529 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Jan’s Tutoring House provides educational and enrichment activities for school-age children and youth through one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, in a safe place through after school and summer programs. Volunteer tutors are asked to commit to one night each week for a minimum of one year, but understand that most student and tutor pairs establish long term friendships. Volunteers are paired with one child (age 5 to 15) for weekly tutoring and occasional weekend outings. Volunteers may schedule tutoring one of three nights: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, between 6:30 and 8:30.
Community of Hope creates opportunities for low-income families, including those who are experiencing homelessness, to achieve good health, a stable home, family-sustaining income, and hope. We seek mentors and tutors for two programs: 1. Permanent Supportive Housing Mentoring Program: Mentors do activities with their mentees at least twice a month at location and time of mentor’s choice. 2. After School Tutoring Program for Columbia Heights Emergency Family Shelter: CoH will be starting an after-school program at its Columbia Heights emergency family shelter, which houses 20 families and may have 30 school-age kids.
Life Pieces To Masterpieces is a safe sanctuary for hundreds of African American young men and boys. More than 90 percent of our Apprentices live in Wards 7 and 8. We need volunteers to help with homework, snack time, and mentoring.
There is an urgent need for a loving and supportive environment for turning expressions of fear and anger into hope and joy. We employ the “4Cs”: Students Connect to themselves and to their classmates through meditation, journal writing, drumming, dancing, poetry, and art. They Create — homework, artwork, and poems. This creative process is fun but also cathartic. Artistic expression is often the catalyst for healing, changing the broken pieces of their lives into unique, colorful masterpieces. They Contribute — sharing their work and their thinking with the greater community, they take pride in their work but also learn public speaking skills, confidence and discipline. And they Celebrate their successes.
Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences, and students through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving arts campus serves as an anchor in the development of our Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC.
Education Plus2 (EP2) specializes in services for children, youth, and their families who live in urban communities, and who are at high risk for poverty, being subjected to crime, and other social problems. EP2 provides services focused on health education and training, preventative healthcare, and the coordination of needed social services. It is their firm belief that children have a higher probability of educational success beyond their high school years when they have supportive family and community networks
Girls Prep Inc is a mentor organization made up entirely of volunteers. The program focus is on college prep, leadership development, and career development. The organization requires that all mentors be college educated. Girls Prep was founded in 2009 as a non-profit mentoring organization offering innovative, collaborative and personalized mentoring relationships to African-American and Latina-American girls between the ages of 16-21. We seek to increase the educational outcomes of these two minority groups and our success criteria is to have 100% our program participants matriculate and complete college within four years and enhance the pool of future minority women leaders for the 21st century.
The mission of the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project is to nurture healthy child development and reduce the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs in Washington D.C. We seek to create a city that provides every opportunity for children in homeless families to succeed by ensuring consistent opportunities to play and learn, offering support services for families, and advocating for affordable housing and safe shelter.
The Next Step offers students the support, knowledge and skills they need to succeed academically and professionally. We offer GED preparation in English and Spanish as well as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) to DC youth between the ages of 16 and 24. We offer a full-time day program and a part-time night program, which run from September through August, enrolling two times each year. With a bilingual staff (English and Spanish) and wrap-around case management, we provide a safe and nurturing environment that supports students and their families. The Day School program operates between 9 am and 3 pm Monday-Friday and the Night School program operates between 6 pm and 9 pm Monday-Thursday.
Young Ladies of Tomorrow (YLOT) is a not-for-profit organization that serves adolescent girls who have, or may potentially, come in contact with the juvenile justice system in the Washington, D.C. area. Through trauma-informed programming, YLOT provides preventive and rehabilitative services to help adolescent girls successfully transition into womanhood.
The mission of EW!DC is to pair students with Reading Mentors to instill a love of reading and learning and foster a sense of self-esteem. The ideas behind our mission remain simple and straightforward, yet can bring about profound change in the lives of young students: expose children to literature, give them a positive role model, inspire them to read and you will make a difference in their lives.
Washington Leadership Academy is an open-enrollment public charter high school in the heart of Washington, D.C.WLA combines best practices in teaching and learning, with the latest in educational technology to create an unparalleled high school experience. Students will graduate from WLA prepared for college, career, and lives of public leadership.
Capital Partners for Education (CPE) provides a structured continuum of one-on-one mentoring, academic support, and career preparation services to low-income high school and college students from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, guiding them to and through college, and into sustainable career paths
One Common Unity’s mission is to nurture sustainable, caring communities through innovative peace education services, arts initiatives and media programming. One Common Unity’s (OCU) mission is to improve life outcomes for vulnerable youth in Washington, D.C. through social-emotional learning curricula, creative arts programming and wilderness immersion.
NVFS’ holistic approach helps the vulnerable families and individuals of Northern Virginia move from critical to stable to thriving. Every year, NVFS helps more than 34,000 people find stability and self-sufficiency. A private, nonprofit organization, NVFS is an innovator of efficient, comprehensive service methods, and has been recognized nationally for its effectiveness in creating sustained financial and social independence for its clients.
OAR is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services since 1971. Our history has its roots in the highest principles of human rights, and the most practical applications of a community’s enlightened self-interest and citizen action. Its origins can be traced to a 1968 prison strike at the State Penitentiary in Richmond, Virginia. In response, several local churches convened a conference on Churches and the Correctional System. Following that effort, Jay Worrall, Jr. founded the OAR movement, which at the time stood for Offender Aid and Restoration. It was his vision of citizen visitors helping jail inmates that formed the original premise for the creation of OAR organizations around the country.
PAL is a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of the human-animal bond to provide for the Washington DC Metropolitan area. In our Pet Visit Program, wagging tails and wet noses ease the loneliness of the elderly and comfort the sick. Warm, gazing eyes help early readers feel comfortable reading out loud when dogs visit libraries. In our PAL Camp and PAL Club, hundreds of lower-income children deepen their natural connection to the amazing animal kingdom with a rich Animal Studies program that includes lessons, books, animal visits, field trips, animal care and assemblies. Learning and caring for animals allows for our most vulnerable youth to make social, emotional and academic gains. We even have a Bereavement Support line for those pet owners struggling to cope with the passing of their furry companion.
The mission of the Latino Student Fund (LSF) is to provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for under-served PreK-12th grade students of Hispanic descent and to promote higher education and professional leadership.
The LSF was founded in 1994 to address the growing high school dropout rates among Latino students in Washington, DC. Over the years, we have continued to develop and expand our services to meet the evolving educational needs of the Latino community in the Greater Washington region.
By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed.
GK-DC school-based programs engage youth in interactive global affairs workshops, leadership training, field trips, service projects, peer education, dialogue with experts, and college and career exploration. The programs are facilitated by Global Kids staff and teachers at participating school sites.
SOUL (Students-Athletes Organized to Understand Leadership) is a sports-based youth development program that collaborates with DC Public Schools and other community-based organizations to provide academic, athletic, and professional enrichment opportunities for Ward 7 youth.