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: MondayThursday (5:15-6:45pm)

Middle School: Monday, Tuesday (4:45-7:00pm, 4:45-6:00pm, or 5:45-7:00pm)

High School: Tuesday (5:45-7:00pm)

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.

All Grades: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (various times 3:30-5:30pm)

Homework Help volunteer opportunities are reserved for specific volunteer groups. For inquiries about becoming a homework helper with your volunteer group, please reach out to Kiana Lee, Volunteer and Partnerships Coordinator: kiana@hortonskids.org.

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. Wearing masks inside Horton’s Kids program sites are optional.  

Program Site Information:

  • Wellington Park Community Resource Center: 2500 Pomeroy Road SE, Washington DC 20020
  • Horton’s Hub: 2233 Hunter Place SE, Washington DC 20020  

Volunteers should be comfortable getting themselves to program sites independently. Horton’s Kids offers a free shuttle to pick up volunteers from program sites and drop them off at the Anacostia Metro at the end of each program day (7:00pm).

Tutor Application Process:

All prospective tutors are required to complete the Horton’s Kids Volunteer Tutor Application. Applicants who meet our selection criteria will be notified to complete a background check and training. Volunteers who apply by February 1st should save the date for tutor training on Wednesday, February 8th from 6:30-7:30pm at Horton’s Hub (2233 Hunter Pl SE). Applications submitted by February 1st will be eligible to start volunteering the week of February 13th, but we accept applications on a rolling basis. 

Now Accepting Spring 2023 Applications! 



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.