Our Programs

Horton’s Kids believes circumstance should not dictate a child’s future, and that every child should graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, career, and life. To that end, we provide a holistic, research-based continuum of academic, youth development, and basic needs supports designed to empower children and their families to succeed.


Horton’s Kids seeks to close the academic gap for each child by providing one-on-one tutoring, literacy intervention, homework help, and educational advocacy.

Youth Development

Our programs give children the chance to broaden their horizons, find new interests, and explore their strengths. The activities also often give many children the chance to enjoy childhood.

Health & Wellness

Horton’s Kids provides food, clothing, personal hygiene products, and other items that children need to grow and be healthy.

Family Engagement

Horton’s Kids partners closely with parents to promote their children’s progress, while providing families with essential resources that reduce stress and promote stability.

Brad Sickels
Director of Communications & Events

Brad manages Horton’s Kids’ external communications channels and oversees the organization’s public and media relations. He also directs the planning and execution of Horton’s Kids donor stewardship & cultivation events including the organization’s flagship fundraisers Home Runs for Horton’s Kids and Give Thanks & Give Back. Brad brings over 15 years of event production, strategic communications, and graphic design experience to Horton’s Kids.

Brad has worked for a variety of DC-based nonprofits including The Human Rights Campaign, The American Psychological Association, and The National Student Leadership Conference. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Geneseo.