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 firstname.lastname@example.org or or 202-544-5033 ext. 18.
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.
- K through 7th grade on Mondays or Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm:Tutoring sessions take place in the Rayburn House Office Building located two blocks from the Capitol South Metro Station.
- K through 6th grade on Wednesdays, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm:These sessions take place at the U.S. Department of Education’s Lyndon B. Johnson building, two blocks from the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.
- 8th through 12th grade on Tuesdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm:This volunteer opportunity is only for Department of Transportation employees at the Navy Yard campus.
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:
- Life Skills: Mondays from 5:30-7:00 pm: Join Horton’s Kids’ older youth staff as they work with participants on building various life skills they will need to be successful in college, career and beyond. Botvin curriculum lessons and other activities address topics such as communication, conflict resolution, drug abuse prevention, time management, goal setting, financial management, and more.
- Rap Sessions: Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm: Help facilitate “Rap Sessions,” in which staff and volunteers lead the youth in group discussions on important issues that affect the youth’s daily lives and futures. Discussion themes have included the media’s influence on personal values, domestic violence, racial stereotypes, defining “manhood,” and police brutality, among others.
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:
- Attend a mentor training.
- Mentor for at least one year.
- Spend time with your mentee at least once a month.
- Talk to your mentee on the phone at least once a week.
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.
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Join a Program: After receiving all completed paperwork, Horton’s Kids pairs each volunteer with a program.