Volunteering with Academics

The Horton’s Kids Academics team looks for consistent volunteers who can commit to coming to our programs in Southeast DC each week to support our high-intensity tutoring efforts. We ask that volunteers make a year-long commitment, with flexibility for people in college.

2022-2023 Volunteer Roles:


You will assist the Academics team with implementing our high-intensity literacy curriculum. You will also provide social emotional support by being a consistent adult role model in the students’ lives who they can look up to and lean on for guidance. Every week, you will work with the same small group of students. If you are interested in the education field and can commit to volunteering the same day each week, this is a great opportunity.

Elementary School: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (4:30-7pm)

Middle School: Tuesday (4:30-7pm), Wednesday (3:45-6pm)

High School: Wednesday (4:30-6pm

Homework Helper

You will assist students with completing their homework assignments and/or reading. You will support after-school teachers and staff members with social emotional learning, academic activities, and snack time. You will work with small groups of students in elementary, middle, or high school. Your weekly consistency is appreciated but not required.

Elementary School: Monday (3:30-5pm, 4:30-6pm), Tuesday (3:30-5pm, 4:30-7pm), Wednesday (4:30-7pm), Thursday (3:30-5pm)

Middle School: Monday (3:30-5pm)

High School: Tuesday (3:30-5pm)

Participation Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Reside in the Washington D.C. metro area to attend programs in-person
  • Be interested in working with young people
  • Be dependable and consistent in coming to weekly programs
  • Attend volunteer trainings
  • Be willing to communicate clearly with staff and take constructive feedback

These opportunities are in-person. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. All volunteers will be required to wear a mask inside Horton’s Kids program sites.  

Program Site Addresses (Volunteers should be comfortable getting themselves to program sites independently.)

  • Wellington Park Community Resource Center: 2500 Pomeroy Road SE, Washington DC 20020
  • Douglass Community Center: 1922 Frederick Douglass Court SE, Washington DC 20020 


Application Process:

All prospective volunteers are required to complete the Horton’s Kids Academic Volunteer Application. Applicants who meet our selection criteria will be notified to complete a background check and training.

Now Accepting Fall 2022 Applications until September 12th! 



For questions about the application process or becoming a volunteer with Horton’s Kids, please contact Kiana Lee, Volunteer and Partnerships Coordinator: kiana@hortonskids.org.