Become A Mentor

Horton’s Kids Mentoring Program

The Horton’s Kids Mentoring Program helps to empower Horton’s Kids participants in grades 7-12th to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The Mentoring Program uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor helps 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

  • Make a one-year commitment 
  • Organize one activity with the mentee per month (in-person or virtual)
  • Communicate with the mentee weekly 
  • Attend an initial four-part training series 
  • Attend optional mentor/mentee group events, mentor support groups, and program recognition events 

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

Horton’s Kids recruits for new Mentors twice a year, typically once at the start of the school year (August-September) and once at the beginning of the calendar year (January-February). All prospective Mentors are required to complete the Horton’s Kids Mentor Application.

Applicants who meet our selection criteria will be notified and asked to complete a Mentor Match Survey to help us make the strongest Mentor-Mentee match possible. All mentors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, show proof of vaccination, and complete a background check.

The Fall 2022 Mentor Application is now closed. Applications submitted after August 16th will be accepted on a rolling basis for the 2022-2023 school year. Apply here.


For specific questions about the Horton’s Kids Mentor Program, please contact Najuma Louison, Youth Development Manager:

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