Our Partner Organizations

Practical educational and civic transformation.

Our Partners

We work with dozens of DC’s incredible tutoring and mentoring organizations and encourage you to learn more about them. If you are interested in partnering with us, or want to understand our requirements for our partners, click here.

826 DC

826DC focuses on one-on-one support for students ages 6-18 with creative and expository writing skills. 826DC provides drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-school programs, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. Strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

AHC Inc.

AHC’s Arlington Resident Services program focuses primarily on comprehensive education programs; after school, teen, college & career, and summer camp programs for elementary through high school students. The program also provides community connections and onsite programs to help adults strengthen their economic stability and build stronger futures for themselves and their families.

Asian American LEAD

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. Our Mentoring Program matches youth between the ages of 10-18 in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, MD; and Fairfax County, VA. 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.

Beacon House

The mission of Beacon House is to provide children in the Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC with a safe, nurturing, and life-expanding community in which to increase their academic achievement, discover their talents, and to grow into healthy adults who achieve their greatest potential.

Best Kids

Best Kids is a nonprofit mentoring organization that empowers youth in foster care to build better futures. It works 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 community-based mentees and also maintain weekly contact in some form. Mentors must be 21 years old or older, commit for at least 1 year, have access to a reliable vehicle and have both clean driving and criminal background records.


Black Swan Academy

The Black Swan Academy empowers black youth in under-served communities through civic leadership and engagement, giving them a comprehensive set of tools needed to succeed in life and become active social catalyst in their communities.

Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy

Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy intervenes in the lives of 16–18-year-old teenagers by providing the values, skills, education, and self-discipline needed to produce responsible, productive citizens, and to do so in a highly structured learning environment.

Capital Partners for Education

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.


Capital Village Schools

Capital Village Schools is a network of micro-schools that will effectively meet the diverse needs of our students by combining real-world learning expeditions grounded in social justice, personalized instruction centered around the unique needs of individual students, and an intentionally small village focused on developing the whole child.

CASA for Children of DC

CASA for Children of DC is a leading voice in advocacy for court-involved youth in the District of Columbia. CASA DC connects specially-trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to support vulnerable and at-risk youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system.

Center City Public Charter Schools

Center City PCS teaches a broad liberal arts and humanities curriculum to students in PreKindergarten-Eighth Grade. We believe, teach, and live Character, Excellence, and Service and commit to the intellectual, physical, moral and emotional well-being of each scholar and believe every child can learn, lead and serve.

City Gate

City Gate’s 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. It accepts volunteers of all ages, provided there is an adult chaperone.


College Bound

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. It is currently recruiting volunteers for the upcoming school year to mentor 8th-12th grade students at a conveniently located sites across the city for 2 hours each week.


Community Family Life Services

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. Its main goal is to empower, encourage, and engage mentee families. 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.


Community of Hope

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. It seeks 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.


Communities in Schools

Communities In Schools helps students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. It positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. It partners with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers.



CORE DC‘s mission is to strengthen communities, families and individuals by developing and operating exceptional transitional/short-term, supportive and affordable housing with evidence-based programming in the District of Columbia.


ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others) helps people in need in Burke and Springfield, VA. It offers financial and food assistance to people experiencing emergencies as well as access to donated clothing, household goods and school supplies to those who struggle on low incomes. Its School Partnership program works with schools in our area to provide volunteer mentors and tutors at all grade levels. Mentoring takes place once a week during student lunch periods while tutoring can take place during school hours or after school.


Education Plus 2

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.


Ethiopian Community Development Council

Refugees and immigrants face daily challenges as they reestablish new lives. ECDC’s programs assist newcomers by giving them hope for their future, and helping them become self-sufficient, productive members of their communities.

Everybody Wins! DC

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 its 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.


The Family Place

At The Family Place, we strive to promote stability and well-being for immigrant & low-income families in the Washington, DC area. We offer free education, support services, case management, and social support in Spanish. The Family Place is dedicated to meeting the needs of our participants, we assist people of all ages, ethnicity, and background.

AARP Foundation Experience Corps

An intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade.  We inspire and empower adults age 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children.

For Love of Children

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. FLOC sparks community transformation by paving the way to post-secondary success for DC students. It ensures access to free, high-quality afterschool services from 1st grade through college and career, exposing students to experiences and opportunities that help them establish a framework of success.


Free Minds Book Club

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop uses the literary arts, workforce development, and violence prevention to connect incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youths and adults to their voices, their purpose, and the wider community.

Generation Hope

Generation Hope aims to ensure all student parents have the opportunities to succeed and experience economic mobility, Generation Hope engages education and policy partners to drive systemic change and provides direct support to teen parents in college as well as their children through holistic, two-generation programming.

Girls Prep

Girls Prep Inc is a mentor organization that focuses on college prep, leadership development and career development. The organization requires that all mentors be college educated. Girls Prep offers innovative, collaborative and personalized mentoring relationships to African-American and Latina-American girls between the ages of 16-21. It seeks to enhance the pool of future minority women leaders for the 21st century.


Global Kids

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.


Heyman Interages Center

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. It invites volunteers age 50 to participate in our numerous programs that provide intergenerational strategies to addressing challenges facing students, older adults, schools and communities.


Higher Achievement

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 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.


Homeless Children’s Playtime Project

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project works to nurture healthy child development and reduce the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs in Washington D.C. It seeks 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.


Horton’s Kids

Horton’s Kids serves children, grades K through 12, living in 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. 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. It also has a mentoring program that works on a more flexible basis.


Kid Power DC

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 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.


Latin American Youth Center

LAYC’s mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs. We believe in a future where all youth pursue their dreams, reach their goals, and acquire the skills and self-confidence to live a life of purpose, connection, contribution, and joy.

The Latino Student Fund

The Latino Student Fund (LSF) works 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.


Learning Life

Learning Life’s Citizen Diplomacy Initiative (CDI) connects eligible American families with families in other nations of the world through “virtual exchange,” or live internet video. 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 and share that learning with the family abroad.


Life Pieces to Masterpieces

Life Pieces To Masterpieces is a safe sanctuary for hundreds of African American young men and boys. More than 90 percent of its Apprentices live in Wards 7 and 8. It needs volunteers to help with homework, snack time and mentoring. It employs 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. 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.


The MusicianShip

The MusicianShip’s mission is to change lives by facilitating music lessons, experiences, and opportunities to benefit those who need us most. At our core, we are a youth development organization that offers a wide range of music education programs, geared towards enriching the lives of students, their families, and the communities in which they live. 

Next Step Public Charter School

The Next Step offers students the support, knowledge and skills they need to succeed academically and professionally. It offers 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. It offers a full-time day program and a part-time night program, which run from September through August, enrolling two times each year. 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.


Northern Virginia Family Service

NVFS’ holistic approach helps the vulnerable families and individuals of Northern Virginia move from critical to stable to thrive. Every year, NVFS helps more than 34,000 people find stability and self-sufficiency. 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.


One Common Unity

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) works to improve life outcomes for vulnerable youth in Washington, D.C. through social-emotional learning curricula, creative arts programming and wilderness immersion.


Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources (OAR)

OAR is a local non-profit restorative justice organization providing human services. Its origins can be traced to a 1968 prison strike at the State Penitentiary in Richmond, Virginia. 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.


Plaza West Community Life Program

Plaza West provides 223 affordable rental apartments in downtown Washington,DC. Fifty (50) of the units are dedicated to “grandfamilies” – grandparents raising grandchildren where the parent is not present. The Plaza West design and programming creates a grandfamilies “residential village” that is rich with activities, on-site resources, and connections to the services on-site and in the nearby community.

Project NorthStar

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. Its mission is to help children overcome barriers to achievement in school and promote academic success.


Raising a Village

Raising A Village Foundation is looking for volunteers who are interested in serving as academic tutors and mentors for its education initiative, the Driven 2 Succeed program at HD Woodson High School. Driven 2 Succeed is a youth development program for elementary, middle and high school students that provides support in the areas of academia, social-emotional learning, and college and career preparedness. This is a one or two day a week position serving grades 9th through 12th.


Reading Partners

Reading Partners provides one-on-one reading partners instruction to elementary school students reading below grade level to help them succeed in school and in life. 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.


So Others Might Eat

SOME is an interfaith, community-based service organization with comprehensive programs designed to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty find pathways out of poverty and achieve long-term stability and success. SOME offers a variety of services, including affordable housing, counseling, substance use disorder treatment, and job training.


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.


So What Else

So What Else’s primary goal is to provide after-school and summer programs to children who do not otherwise have access to certain activities, skills, and perspectives without deliberate exposure. Our diverse curriculum fosters academic achievement, inspires community engagement, teaches teamwork and empathy, nurtures a healthy lifestyle, engenders a sense of well-being and self-efficacy, and promotes environmental stewardship.


Teens Run DC

Teens Run DC promotes the physical, social, and emotional well-being of underserved 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.


Washington Leadership Academy

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.


Young Ladies of Tomorrow

Youth Organizations United to Rise (YOUR) Community Center provides 8 programs for youth ages 5-18. Its Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STREAM) based Advanced Afterschool program provides enriching experiences for students to supplement their daily education. Along with academic enrichment through homework assistance and tutoring, it exposes students to career opportunities, increases cultural awareness and develops character in a fun and creative environment.


YOUR Community Center

Youth Organizations United to Rise (YOUR) Community Center provides 8 programs for youth ages 5-18. Its Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STREAM) based Advanced Afterschool program provides enriching experiences for students to supplement their daily education. Along with academic enrichment through homework assistance and tutoring, it exposes students to career opportunities, increases cultural awareness and develops character in a fun and creative environment.


Youth in Mind

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 an emphasis on necessary principals like values, discipline, and respect, they work with youth through adolescence, puberty and into adulthood.