Become a Volunteer

Volunteers help Horton’s Kids deliver academic, enrichment, 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 Washington, DC’s most deserving children.

If you have any questions about individual and group volunteer opportunities, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kevin Stewart at kevin@hortonskids.org or or 202-544-5033 ext. 18.

Volunteer Opportunities

One-on-one Tutoring

Volunteers can make a full-time commitment to tutoring a single child once a week during the school year, September through June. During tutoring sessions, volunteers help the children complete homework and work on literacy skills through guided activities.

Academic and Youth Development Programming for Older Youth

Held at Horton’s Kids’ Community Resource Center, located in the children’s Anacostia neighborhood, Older Youth Programs provide middle and high school participants with meaningful afterschool activities during which they develop important skills. To effectively build relationships with participants, volunteers must commit to attending the program at least once a week during the school year, and Horton’s Kids provides volunteers with transportation to and from the Center. Volunteers can choose to engage with youth during one of the following weekly programs:

Mentoring Program for Older Youth

Based on your potential strengths as a mentor and the needs of the youth, we will pair you with a mentee with whom you can have a meaningful and lasting one-on-one mentorship. In order to have the greatest impact on your mentee, Horton’s Kids asks that you commit to the following:

Homework Help

Horton’s Kids offers homework help sessions Monday-Thursday evenings at the Community Resource Center. Volunteers work with children and youth in all subjects to help them understand assignments, prepare for tests, and improve their study skills. Horton’s Kids offers separate sessions for K-6th graders and 7th-12th graders.

Weekend Enrichment

On Saturdays and Sundays, Horton’s Kids offers field trips in the DC metro area and enrichment activities such as cooking classes, gardening, and organized sports in the Community Resource Center in Anacostia. Grade levels vary based on the activity. Volunteers receive a monthly email with upcoming events and can sign up for the activities of their choice.

Start Volunteering Today!

  1. Attend an upcoming orientation: Each orientation includes an overview of the organization, provides additional details on volunteer opportunities, and provides an optional training for those who are interested in becoming tutors.
  2. Submit a Volunteer Application: Horton’s Kids offers notary and fingerprinting services for anyone who brings a completed volunteer application to the orientation. To ensure the children’s safety, a completed application is required before starting as a volunteer.
  3. Join a Program: After receiving all completed paperwork, Horton’s Kids pairs each volunteer with a program.