For over 25 years, Horton’s Kids has served Wellington Park in Ward 8, one of Washington, DC’s most at-risk neighborhoods. This Section 8 housing community is geographically isolated and has one of the highest rates of violent crime, gang activity, and substance abuse in the city.
Horton’s Kids works with many children who must overcome the effects of multi-generational, urban poverty as well as the risk factors in the neighborhood. The vast majority of Horton’s Kids’ participants live in food-insecure households with an annual income under $10,000, well below the national poverty line. Approximately 80% of adults in the neighborhood do not have a high school diploma.
Additionally, all of the traditional public school options in the children’s neighborhood are chronically low-performing. For example, at the local elementary school, only 15% of students are reading on grade level and just 17% are on grade level for math. Children struggle to find the guidance and support that they need to graduate high school ready for post-secondary opportunities.
Horton’s Kids believes that deliberate intervention with the right, comprehensive supports can help every child in Wellington Park succeed. The organization’s programs do not have any selection criteria for students; instead, children only need to regularly attend.
Our personalized and research-based model of academic, enrichment, and basic needs supports, which includes our on-site Community Resource Center, empowers children to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, career, and life.