After more than 25 years, Horton’s Kids has numerous success stories to share. You can read our booklet of stories from 2015 or explore the stories below. These narratives represent the experiences of the hundreds of children who have been impacted by Horton’s Kids over the years.
Condrea graduated from Penn State with her Bachelor’s degree in 2014. She now works as an educator at City Kids, a DC nonprofit, and helps run an afterschool program.
“Horton’s Kids saw my potential when a lot of people didn’t.”
Fifteen-year-old TaQuan is so enthusiastic about Horton’s Kids that he hasn’t missed a day of the older youth program this year. Currently a sophomore in high school, TaQuan wants to go to college and study chemical engineering.
“When I come here, I can be me. It’s a community. We can talk about certain topics without being judged.”
Mone has a 3.37 GPA at KIPP DC College Preparatory, a high-performing high school, and aspires to be a talk show host when she grows up.
“Horton’s Kids introduced me to new things that showed [me] there is more to look forward to in the future.”
Joemese is a junior at Towson University and hopes to pursue a career in family counseling. Horton’s Kids recently named Joemese the second recipient of the Brenda Chamberlain Scholarship, created in honor of the former executive director.
“Anyone can tell you, ‘Go to school,’ but when someone is actually trying to help you stay in school, it’s motivating.”
Gregory is a sophomore year at Fisk University who has a 3.55 GPA and serves as a senator in the student government. He has high aspirations for life after college with plans to pursue a career that will either lead to becoming the U.S. Attorney General or starting his own nonprofit to benefit underserved communities.
“Horton’s Kids helped me value service to people who don’t look like you or come from the same place as you.”
Jena is ranked number one in her class for college readiness as a high school sophomore. Thanks to her long-time Horton’s Kids tutor, Roy, Jena has cultivated a love of learning and is studying Korean.
“I love Horton’s Kids, and I am glad I am in it! Roy is like a best friend to me, and when I need help, he is there…He has taught me a lot.”
After the murder of his older brother, Macey completed his GED and joined AmeriCorps where he worked as a firefighter in Colorado. Today, he works as a legal assistant at a law firm based in Washington, DC.
“[My Horton’s Kids tutor] always told me I could be whatever I wanted to be…More and more people telling you the same thing – you start believing it.”
Nathan persevered after the loss of his brother to gang violence and became a Syracuse University graduate. Today, he is a Teach for America corps member in San Antonio, Texas.
“[Horton’s Kids] showed me that you can aspire to be anything you want.”
Tyrec earned a spot at one of Washington, DC’s top magnet schools and then graduated from the University of Virginia in three years. Today, he has a full-time job tracking federal education policy and also volunteers as a tutor at Horton’s Kids.
“Horton’s Kids has truly been like a second family. They have been there every step of the way.”