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DC kids are struggling. Math and reading scores plummeted during COVID and they were already low to begin with.  Kids have disconnected from education:  Nearly 1 of 4 DC students missed a day or more of school each week.

It’s time for us to step up our game, get involved in grassroots community building, and transform education for DC kids. In the process, we’ll be creating a more equitable, safe, and vibrant community for all and serving as a model for colleges and cities around the country!

We are building teams of 5-12 college students to “adopt” a school. Each team would commit to helping meet the school’s most pressing needs. You could be tutoring a 1st grader in reading, playing sports with a small group of 5th grade boys or girls, talking to a middle schooler who feels left out, or inspiring a small group of students to work together on a project.  Put your passion, energy, and creativity to use!

Howard students would each commit at least 2 hours a week to help. You’ll forge bonds with kids and teachers at the school, maybe get to know some of the parents and the neighborhood, and build a great team of fellow Howard students working together to “be the change we want to see in the world.”

What to Expect

  • We expect to have a mix of schools near Howard and further away where the needs are the greatest.  (In some schools, less than 10% of kids are reading or doing math at grade level.)  You tell us which part of the city you’d like to work in.
  • You’ll work together as a team in collaboration with the school to identify when you’ll be at the school.  The team may break into small groups that will each take a different day of the week or time of day to help. It could be during the school day or in an after-school program from, say, 3-5 p.m.
  • We’ll cover basic transportation costs but this is a volunteer gig.  Transportation to Wards 7 or 8 (where needs are the greatest) could be by Metro or a group Uber/Lyft directly to the school.
  • You may be able to get college credit for it.

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Any skills you might have that could be useful for more specialized tutoring i.e. foreign language, math, guitar, etc.
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