Become A Mentor

Horton’s Kids Mentoring Program

The Horton’s Kids Mentoring Program relies on adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to an HK teen for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about our young people, Mentors help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals. 

Mentor Role

  • Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-on-one relationship 
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend 
  • Build self-esteem and motivation 
  • Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them 

Time Commitment

  • Commit to work with your mentee for at least one year, or until they graduate high school
  • Organize one in-person activity with your mentee per month
  • Communicate with your mentee weekly 
  • Attend optional events hosted by Horton’s Kids such as mentor/mentee mixers, mentor support groups, and volunteer socials 

Participation Requirements

  • Be at least 25 years old 
  • Reside in the Washington D.C. metro area 
  • Be interested in working with young people  
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments 
  • Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed 
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities

Application Process

All prospective mentors are required to complete the Horton’s Kids Mentor Application. Applicants who meet our selection criteria will be notified to complete a background check and training. Mentors will then complete a Mentor Match Survey to help us make the strongest Mentor-Mentee match possible.

Now Accepting Mentor Applications! Applications submitted by October 1st, 2023 will be notified with next steps by October 13th.

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