Become a Volunteer

Start Volunteering Today!

Now recruiting for the 2018-2019 school year!

  1. Submit a Volunteer Application.
  2. Attend an orientationEach orientation includes an overview of the organization and provides additional details on volunteer opportunities. Upcoming orientations will be scheduled for late spring/early summer.
  3. Join a Program: After receiving all completed paperwork, Horton’s Kids pairs each volunteer with a program.

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.

Volunteer Process: Start the process today to be cleared and trained by the start of the school year!

If you have any questions about individual or group volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at or 202-407-3048.

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutor: Now enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year.

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 June and are only allowed to miss 10% of all sessions.


Why mentor?
Mentor programs have the potential to increase a youth’s self-confidence and improve their attitudes about their futures, ultimately increasing their chances to attain successful employment. Furthermore, mentor programs have a distinct impact in preventing criminal violent behavior, drug use, and other negative behaviors. Young people who participate in mentor programs are more likely to succeed in school and aspire for college and career. They are often more equipped to make responsible decisions and be productive and engaged citizens.

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

Mentoring Program Goal
The Horton’s Kids mentoring program, in conjunction with other Horton’s Kids youth development programs, will increase participants’ opportunities for success and mitigate participants’ risk factors including gang affiliation, illegal activities, teen pregnancy, and violent behaviors.
Our 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.

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

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. Homework Help volunteers are expected to dedicate at least one hour a week.

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. Enrichment volunteers will receive a monthly event digest with links to sign up or can monitor the Volunteer Center Calendar.

Academic and Youth Development Programming for Older Youth

Held at our Community Resource Center, youth development 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.

Volunteers can choose to engage with youth during one of the following weekly programs:

If you have any questions about individual or group volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at or 202-407-3048.