Empowering DC's youth to graduate and succeed in life.

Children in Horton’s Kids are twice as likely to graduate from high school. 

What We Do

Horton’s Kids empowers children growing up in DC’s most under-resourced communities so that they graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. We serve 600 children and their families living in Wellington Park & Stanton Oaks – neighborhoods that have been profoundly impacted by decades of disinvestment and barriers to opportunity. Your impact is dramatic: children in Horton’s Kids are twice as likely to graduate from high school.

We seek to close the academic gap for each child by providing one-on-one tutoring, literacy intervention, homework help, and educational advocacy.

Youth Development

Our programs offer children opportunities to broaden their horizons, find new interests, explore their strengths, and give them the chance to enjoy childhood. 

Health & Wellness

Horton’s Kids provides food, clothing, personal hygiene products, and other items that children need to grow and be healthy.

Family Engagement

We partner closely with parents to promote their children’s progress, while providing families with essential resources that reduce stress and promote stability.

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Make A Difference

Horton’s Kids empowers more than 600 youth to improve their academic outcomes, develop important character traits, and access healthy meals. The graduation rate for Horton’s Kids participants is twice the neighborhood average.

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Success Stories

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. Here are just a few of their stories.
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“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.”


“Horton’s Kids has truly been like a second family to me. They have been there every step of the way.”


Brad Sickels
Director of Communications & Events

Brad manages Horton’s Kids’ external communications channels and oversees the organization’s public and media relations. He also directs the planning and execution of Horton’s Kids donor stewardship & cultivation events including the organization’s flagship fundraisers Home Runs for Horton’s Kids and Give Thanks & Give Back. Brad brings over 15 years of event production, strategic communications, and graphic design experience to Horton’s Kids.

Brad has worked for a variety of DC-based nonprofits including The Human Rights Campaign, The American Psychological Association, and The National Student Leadership Conference. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Geneseo.