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NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not accepting new volunteering for the remainder of 2020.

If you are interested in volunteering please fill out this form and we will follow up with you when we have updates.

Horton’s Kids’ work would not be possible without the support of more than 450 dedicated volunteers each year. With just one evening a week, you can help change the lives of children in one of DC’s most under-resourced neighborhoods. Volunteers help Horton’s Kids deliver academic, youth development, and basic needs supports to children in Ward 8. Over the years, Horton’s Kids has welcomed hundreds of volunteers, including Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN anchor Jake Tapper, and former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings. With just one evening a week, you can help change the lives of children living in DC.

If you have any questions about individual or group volunteer opportunities, please contact our us at volunteer@hortonskids.org or 202-407-3048.

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutor

During tutoring, volunteers help a child with whom they are paired complete their homework and focus on refining and increasing literacy skills through provided lesson plans and activities.

Prospective tutors must be able to commit to attending tutor sessions weekly from September to May and attend 90% of all sessions.

  • K-7th grade: Mondays or Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Rayburn House Office Building located two blocks from the Capitol South Metro Station.
  • K-6th grade: Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 pm at the U.S. Department of Education’s Lyndon B. Johnson building, two blocks from the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.
  • 8th-12th grade: Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm: This volunteer opportunity is held at the Department of Transportation Navy Yard campus. Preference is given to DOT employees at the Navy Yard Campus.

Mentor

As an adult, serving as a mentor provides a shared opportunity for learning and growth.

The Horton’s Kids mentoring program is an ongoing, structured relationship between a youth and a trusted adult in which the adult is a positive influence in the youth’s life, providing emotional support, guidance, and experiences that embolden youth to envision a brighter future. Our mentoring program, will increase participants’ opportunities for success and mitigate participants’ risk factors including gang affiliation, illegal activities, teen pregnancy, and violent behaviors.

As a mentor, you must be able to commit to the following:

  • Attending a mentor training
  • A full calendar year with your mentee which includes:
    • Weekly phone communications
    • Once a month, face-to-face interactions

Homework Help

Monday-Thursday at our Community Resource Center, volunteers work with youth in attendance to understand their assignments, prepare for tests, and improve their study skills

  • K-7th Grade Homework Help: Monday-Thursday 4-6pm

If you have any questions about individual or group volunteer opportunities, please contact us at volunteer@hortonskids.org