Volunteer Opportunities in DC: All Organizations

There are many opportunities for residents of the DC Metro area to volunteer with district youth. In the list below, you'll find organizations that can connect you with children and teens who need support to help them achieve academic success.

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826DC is a nonprofit dedicated to working with students ages 6-18 in developing their creative and expository writing skills, and to working with teachers to inspire their students to write. We believe that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. Learn more >
Academy of Hope's mission is to provide high-quality adult basic education in a manner that changes lives and improves our community. Programs focus on GED completion and pathways to college success, with specialized services in computer training, workplace literacy, and career planning and placement. Learn more >
The goals of ACCESS Youth are to reduce the number of DC youth in contact with the juvenile justice system; reduce recidivism rates; decrease truant behavior and increase pro-social behaviors through targeted early-intervention and prevention-based programs. Three core programs help us meet these goals: Mediation, Life Skills, and Community Service. Learn more >
The Alliance of Concerned Men (ACM) promotes independence,personal survival skills on the streets, and the adoptiion of socially acceptable lifestyles. We focus our efforts in high-crime areas of the Washington metro area, and accept referrals from the courts, schools, the community, ther DC Housing Authority, shelters, and other community-based organizations. ACM provides mentoring and academic tutoring for at-risk youth. Learn more >
Founded in 1917 during World War I, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. The programs touch a wide range of issues, countries, and communities. What unites them is the unfaltering belief in the essential worth of every human being, non-violence as the way to resolve conflict, and the power of love to overcome oppression, discrimination, and violence. Primarily in urban settings, AFSC uses conflict resolution, "summit meetings" between rival groups, and simple projects such as gardens to bring together diverse elements to reduce violence. Learn more >
AALEAD's mission is to promote the well-being of Asian American youth through education, leadership, and community building. We are the leading community organization that provides educational enrichment and youth development programs to underserved Asian American youth in the Washington, DC metro area. Our staff delivers specialized afterschool programs, one-on-one mentoring, academic support services, and life-skill development for students. We also assist parents with school-related issues affecting their children. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment and culturally-sensitive guidance so that each child we serve will be a contributing member of his or her community. Learn more >
Beacon House is an afterschool tutoring, mentoring and athletic program for children ages 5-18 located in Ward 5. We welcome all children and youth who come to our two centers located on the Edgewood Terrace apartment complex. We provide homework help, intensive tutoring, and college preparatory activities. Learn more >
BEST Kids seeks to promote better futures for youth in the District of Columbia's child welfare system by developing and supporting one-on-one mentoring relationships between the youth and caring, consistent adults. Learn more >
As the Washington region's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 7-18 years old, in communities across the National Capital Area. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a stellar record in helping children on a daily basis make healthy choices to stay in school, stay out of trouble, and on track toward healthy and productive futures. Learn more >
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) is to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character, and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults. BGCGW provides programming in five core areas: education and career development, character and leadership; health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation. Learn more >
The mission of the Boys to Men Mentoring Network of Greater Washington is to mentor boys in the years of adolescence through their passage into manhood. We provide a weekend rite of passage for teenage boys from 13 to 17. We follow up with biweekly events that support youth development. Learn more >
Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment. Brainfood programs provide high school aged youth the opportunity to learn about cooking, nutrition, and community service. We provide youth with a safe and structured environment where they are encouraged to take healthy risks, challenge themselves, learn new skills, and make healthy choices. Brainfood currently has three programs that serve youth in the Washington DC community: Brainfood Kitchen All Stars, Brainfood Summer Institute, and Brainfood Community MVPs. Learn more >
The Capital Area REACH Program is committed to helping young people in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC metropolitan area become successful in school, work, and the community. REACH offers middle, high school, and college students a wide variety of programs, including community service activities, job training, internships, mentoring, tutoring, and scholarships. There are opportunities for volunteers to go on local field trips with students as well as lead activities related to art, history, science, math, and other subjects. Learn more >
CentroNía is a nationally recognized, multicultural learning community with a pioneering approach to bilingual education. Come visit and see children building bilingual literacy skills with a native speaker, teens experimenting in music with our artists-in-residence, or budding entrepreneurs preparing to build a quality childcare business. For everyone, CentroNía offers a welcoming environment that encourages intellectual adventure and provides guidance each step of the way for children, youth, and families to achieve their goals. Learn more >
CHIME provides and advocates for music education for DC schoolchildren, particularly those in Title I schools. We provide participatory performances, ongoing instrumental and choral instruction, distribution of donated instruments, joint music projects between schools with different demographics, and teacher workshops. We advocate for all children to have accessible (geographic and financial) opportunities to learn to perform in instrumental or choral groups — inspired by Venezuela's el sistema model, now spreading around the world. Learn more >
CitiWide CTC integrates technology into the education and job/career training of low-income DC youth. Our year-round daytime and afterschool and after-work programs help prepare our youth to meet the ever increasing need for strong technology skills in school and at work. We primarily serve primarily the African-American, African, and Hispanic communities in DC. We offer A+, IC3 certifications, ESL, Academic Enrichment, GED instruction, work-readiness programs, and occupational skills for Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide. Learn more >
City Kids Wilderness Project is founded on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for underserved and at-risk D.C. children can enhance their lives, the lives of their families, and the greater community. Our goals are to strengthen participants' self-concept; increase academic achievement by teaching life skills; increase personal motivation and initiative; develop interpersonal skills and leadership ability; and foster an appreciation and knowledge of the environment. Learn more >
City Year is an education-focused organization that unites young people, ages 17-24, from all backgrounds for a year of full-time service. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these young leaders — called corps members — make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools in Washington, DC. City Year envisions a country where all students are in school and on track to graduate from high school, regardless of their race, income level, or zip code. Learn more >
College Bound offers public and public charter school students in grades 8-12 academic enrichment and resources to prepare for and succeed in college. The organization offers tutoring, mentoring, ACT/SAT preparation, and academic and career guidance free-of-charge to assist students in the District of Columbia metropolitan area in meeting their post-secondary educational goals. Learn more >
College Success Foundation-District of Columbia (CSF–DC) serves low-income students and students of color in Wards 7 and 8 in our nation's capital. CSF–DC is a subsidiary of the College Success Foundation. With a significant grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it assists students in six high schools by providing scholarships, support, and mentoring to help them earn a college degree. College Success Foundation–DC offers two types of mentoring opportunities — the Hometown Mentor Program in high school and the College Mentoring Program on college campuses. Learn more >
College Summit focuses on transition, an often overlooked step in the postsecondary planning process that can be particularly challenging for first-generation college-going students. High-achieving low-income students often lack many of the resources and information available to their more affluent classmates when applying to college, such as test prep courses, college visits, and application guidance. Learn more >
The Columbia Heights Youth Club provides education, recreation, and personal growth activities for youth and build their resistance to crime, substance abuse, violence, and delinquent behavior. Learn more >
Communities In School (CIS) is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. CIS provides "wrap-around" services in an affordable, sustainable way. By bringing caring adults into public schools to address children’s unmet needs, teachers are free to teach and students — many in jeopardy of dropping out — are free to focus on learning. CIS of the Nation’s Capital delivers, through a school-based resource coordinator, interventions that improve student achievement by connecting students with community resources to meet their academic and social service needs. Learn more >
Community Based Instruction Services (CBIS) provides one-on-one and small group tutoring in reading comprehension, English, math, science, GED and SAT Prep. CBIS recognizes that for many children, youth and even adults, academic concerns and challenges have negatively impacted their self-confidence and self-esteem. All of our tutoring services are tailored to effectively meet each individual’s unique learning needs. CBIS serves children, teens, and adults, including high school dropouts. Learn more >
Community Club is a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program for DC public and charter school students. In addition to tutoring and mentoring, we provide small scholarships to our graduates when they go on to college, and help them obtain additional college scholarships. Learn more >
Critical Exposure is an in-school and after school program that teaches youth how to use the power of photography to advocate for school reform and social change in their own communities. Learn more >
The Dance Institute of Washington is a dance education institution committed to providing children and youth the opportunity to develop artistically, socially, emotionally and intellectually through dance. The Institute operates a studio school, education outreach, youth ensemble, and a professional company, giving youth from diverse backgrounds the chance to experience the performing arts and develop important skills needed for a successful future. Learn more >
DC SCORES provides youth with the arts, athletics, and academics that will engage, enrich, and improve their lives. DC SCORES builds teams through afterschool programs for more than 800 low-income DC youth at 27 schools, using an innovative model that combines poetry and spoken word, soccer, and service-learning year-round. Learn more >
The District of Columbia Youth Advisory Council (DCYAC) was established to give young people in the District an official voice in the policies, programs, and actions within the city. Members of the DCYAC have a background in community-based activities with a sincere interest in and motivation to work for the community. As youth leaders, they bring real and fresh perspectives about youth issues, and act as effective communicators between the District and their home communities. Learn more >
DC-CAP is a privately-funded, nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and enabling DC public and public charter high school students to enroll and graduate from college. In partnership with the DC Public School (DCPS) and DC public charter school systems, DC-CAP provides direct counseling and financial assistance to students who might otherwise never have the opportunity to go to college. The overwhelming majority of students served by DC-CAP are from low-income, minority, single-parent households and are the first in their families to attend college. Learn more >
District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) seeks to make DC the highest performing urban school district in the nation, and to once and for all close the achievement gap that separates low-income students and students of color from their higher-income and white peers. DCPS welcomes volunteers who want to use their skills and resources to help DC's students succeed. They offer tutoring, mentorship, administrative work, and campus beautification opportunities to community members who want to participate. Learn more >
The Double the Numbers (DTN) coalition represents an unprecedented commitment by community leaders to ensure that many more DC students succeed in college. DTN hopes to double the numbers of 9th graders who finish high school within five years, enroll in college, and graduate from college in a timely fashion; currently, only 9 percent of our students do so, less than half the national average. Funding for the DTN Coalition ended in July 2012. DTN's work will continue, through the College and Credential Completion Network (C3N) led by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Learn more >
Everybody Wins! DC is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting children's literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences with caring individuals. The mission of EW!DC is to pair at-risk students with reading mentors to instill a love of reading and learning and foster a sense of self-esteem. While the ideas behind the mission remain simple and straightforward, it can bring about profound change in the lives of young students: expose children to literature, give them a positive role model, inspire them to read, and you will make a difference. Learn more >
Family & Youth Initiative (DCFYI) helps teenagers in foster care find adoptive families and make lifelong connections with caring adults. We are a community that gets together for group activities; individual adult-teen matches are made based on connections made at events. The relationships with DCFYI adult volunteers help teens build self-confidence, belief in the future, and belief in themselves. Foster care youth who do not participate with an organization like DCFYI are at particular risk of not completing school because of multiple foster care placements and thus school moves and lack of emotional and educational support. Learn more >
The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling. The afterschool program at Food & Friends meets weekly to perform primarily administrative tasks geared toward preparing students for work with the basic skills many jobs require. Students from schools across the region work together on typical projects, like mailings or filing, and tasks unique to our nonprofit organizations, such as Service Learning Activities and Volunteer Appreciation Week planning. Learn more >
For Love of Children (FLOC) provides educational services beyond the classroom to help low-income students succeed from first grade through college and career. FLOC brings together students, volunteers, families, and community partners in proven programs that teach, empower, and transform students. The core programs are the Neighborhood Tutoring Program, Scholars Program, and Outdoor Education Center. Learn more >
Affiliated with the national organization, Girls Incorporated of Washington DC provides young girls with a safe afterschool environment where she can take risks, master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges, and develop skills that will lead her to a successful future. By serving our mission, to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold, girls become healthy, educated and confident, ready to make their own contributions to society. Our College Bound Girls! program offers college and career prep, leadership development, STEM, financial literacy, health and wellness, and life skills in a warm, nurturing environment. Learn more >
HandsOn Greater DC Cares is the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the region. HandsOn Greater DC Cares mobilizes volunteers and strengthens nonprofits to better impact communities and the key issues in the Greater DC region. The organization works with a network of more than 900 nonprofits, 43,000 volunteers and a host of corporate and foundation partners to positively impact the region. The Mentoring Matters program connects volunteers to local tutoring programs. Learn more >
Higher Achievement offers rigorous afterschool and summer academic programs that close the opportunity gap for middle school youth in at-risk communities. The program's proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. On average, 95 percent of scholars who complete Higher Achievement advance to top academic high school programs and 93 percent advance to college. Higher Achievement DC Metro operates in six achievement centers across the region. Learn more >
Horton's Kids serves more than 300 youth and 100 parents from the Wellington Park and Stanton Oaks neighborhoods in Washington, DC's Ward 8. Our wrap-around services include a variety of education, enrichment, advocacy, and support programs. The cornerstone of Horton’s Kids is a three-times-a-week tutoring and mentoring program in the Rayburn House Office Building and the U.S. Department of Education. Horton's Kids programs are made possible by more than 500 dedicated volunteers, many of whom work on Capitol Hill. Learn more >
Jubilee Housing is a faith based non-profit organization founded in 1973 to provide affordable housing and supportive services to economically disadvantaged residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Jubilee Youth Services is a program within Jubilee Housing where we provide an afterschool and summer enrichment program to holistically address the needs of children and youth. Learn more >
Kid Power is a civics-based organization that provides academic, nutritional, and service-learning opportunities for youth in underserved neighborhoods in DC. Kid Power's mission is to empower youth to become informed and engaged advocates for change in their own lives and in their communities. Currently, Kid Power works with 350 students (ages 7-18) at 10 program sites in Ward 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, and 8. Kid Power seeks to promote academic and civic achievement; artistic and cultural enrichment; pathways for service, leadership, and social entrepreneurism; community collaboration; and healthy youth and family development. Learn more >
The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is a multicultural, multi-service agency serving all low-income youth across DC and in Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery counties. LAYC works with more than 4,000 kids each year to support academic achievement, promote healthy behaviors, and guide youth toward successful adulthood. LAYC operates a regional network of youth centers, school-based sites, and public charter schools that offer a comprehensive set of high quality, multi-lingual, culturally sensitive programs. LAYC is also involved in advocacy and policy work to broaden opportunities for youth. Learn more >
The Latino Student Fund (LSF) provides opportunities for a strong academic foundation for Hispanic students (pre-K to grade 12), and promotes higher education and professional leadership among Hispanic youth. The LSF currently serves the Latino population of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area through four educational initiatives: The Scholars Program, Tutoring Program, LISTO College Preparation Program, and the Access Program. The resources are free of charge to Hispanic students and their families. Learn more >
At Life Pieces To Masterpieces (LPTM), our goal is to nurture, embrace, encourage, and elevate African American boys and young men (ages 3-25) so that they grow into mature men who demonstrate social responsibility and create positive change in their communities. Through daily participation in academic tutoring, mentoring, and leadership, as well as artistic enrichment, spiritual activities, and character education, we support our apprentices in turning the many challenges in their lives into opportunities for success, self–reliance, and resiliency. Learn more >
Limitless Possibility uses Aikido to empower DC students, develop their self-confidence, and instill discipline so they can unlock their unlimited potential. The program provides positive influences in the lives of DC students by matching them with a mentor and promotes healthy lifestyles through the DC public school system. Learn more >
Martha's Table helps with the immediate effects of poverty with food and clothing programs, and strives to break the cycle of poverty with nutrition, education, and family strengthening programs. In the Teen Program, our primary focus is on academics during the school year. We offer a variety of educational workshops that encourage youth to think about career options and entrepreneurial activities. Learn more >
Mary's Center provides health care, family literacy, and social services to thousands of individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems. Mary's Center uses a holistic, multipronged approach to help participants access individualized services that set them on the path toward good health, stable families, and economic independence. The Center offers high-quality, professional care in a safe and trusting environment to residents from the entire DC metropolitan region, including individuals from more than 90 countries. Learn more >
The Maya Angelou Academy, operated by the See Forever Foundation, is the school at New Beginnings Youth Development Center, DC's facility for youth who are committed to the Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services or on probation. Our goal at the Maya Angelou Academy is to provide a safe, nurturing, and mutually respectful environment that motivates and prepares each student to fulfill his academic or career potential. With the support of a wide circle of caring adults, students develop the skills they need to make sound decisions and lead rewarding lives. Learn more >
Mentor Foundation USA is the leading international non-government organization working globally to prevent substance abuse. We empower children and young people to make healthy decisions and to avoid drug abuse. Mentor's work is delivered to children through schools, youth clubs, and other places children meet, as well as to parents and caregivers in their community. Learn more >
Neighbors of Seaton Place provides a supportive arena in which youth can share with policy makers and community leaders their opinions, and strategies for prevention and solutions to some of the problems, such as teen drinking, teen pregnancies, drugs, crime, and violence. We provide high quality, researched-based programs that meet the needs of children and their families, and help youth gain a true sense of who they are and a full appreciation of their unique role in a contemporary society. Learn more >
The Next Step Public Charter School is a free public school that offers a bilingual GED and English as a Second Language program for disconnected youth ages 16-24, with full-time day and part-time evening options. Placement and pacing are flexible, tailored to students' individual needs. Case management, counseling, and life skills complement academic courses to provide a comprehensive youth development program. Learn more >
The District's oldest charter school, Options serves children in Grades 6-12. Since 1996, Options has been recognized for providing a high-quality, unique educational experience for students in danger of dropping out of school because they are underachieving, truant, have behavior problems, or need therapeutic special education services. Learn more >
Peace thru Culture provides cultural enrichment programs for youth ages 6-18 via cultural workshops, Culture Camp (Summer Day Camp), and Global Trek (International Travel). Our curriculum includes programming to support the development of global competency, leadership skills, communication skills, social responsibility, critical thinking, self restraint, and literacy (language, reading, math, and writing). Our approach also helps kids develop antibullying attitudes and learn about conflict resolution tools. Learn more >
The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams or "posses" of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. Learn more >
RICH provides educational resources, such as tutoring, SAT classes, and teacher mentoring to inner city schools. In 2011, RICH piloted a successful truancy prevention program at Anacostia High School where teachers visit homes of truant students each week. Learn more >
Since 1967 the work of the Anacostia Community Museum has included research, collections, exhibitions, publications, and public programs that engage diverse audiences, explore important topics, and present historical and cultural perspectives on community and universal issues. It has sustained a commitment to the preservation and interpretation of the cultural treasures of the constituency it serves. Volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of out-of-school time education programs. Learn more >
Soul Tree is an education consulting firm specializing in customizing holistic curricula for teachers, schools, districts, and states through curriculum development, lesson plan design, and workshops and training for paernts, educators, and community members. Soul Tree works with students in a number of DC high schools, providing tutoring, homework help, and social support. Learn more >
SumoKids is an after-school program for at-risk students designed to change their perspective about their lives. The program builds self-esteem and helps youth deal with issues such as dropping out, bullying, and violence. A new program for DC youth will begin in September 2012 in Wards 7 and 8. Learn more >
Super Leaders is a youth leadership program for at-risk middle and high school students. Our mission is to combine in-school mentoring, leadership retreats, and community service to help low-income students resist negative peer pressure, succeed academically in middle and senior high school, and enter undergraduate education or employment upon high school graduation. Learn more >
Thurgood Marshall Academy is a college preparatory public charter high school in Washington, DC. We serve nearly 400 students, over 90% of whom live in Wards 7 and 8, communities with the most poverty and fewest resources in the District. Thurgood Marshall Academy emphasizes elements of law and justice throughout the curriculum. Our goal is not that every student becomes a lawyer, but that students develop their own voices and learn the skills lawyers have — the ability to solve complex problems, think critically, and advocate persuasively. These skills will serve them well in high school, in college, and in the world of work for a lifetime. Learn more >
The Office of TRIO and College Preparatory Programs at the University of the District of Columbia serves DC students in grades 6-12. The University provides for low-income and first generation college students the opportunity to explore careers and experience the college environment that prepares students to become productive citizens. Learn more >
The United Planning Organization (UPO) is the community action agency for the District of Columbia. It is the agency's mission to unite people with opportunties that lead to self sufficiency. UPO supports youth through educational and empowerment opportunities, raising college scholarships for low-income students, and health, housing, and employment assistance for families living in poverty. Learn more >
United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) manages one of the largest annual workplace fundraising campaigns in the country. Our community support system includes over 730 member charities with access to hundreds of work sites and tens of thousands of donors and volunteers. Our three major focus areas are health, financial stability, and education. With education, the goal is to increase on-time high school graduation rates and help students transition to post-secondary schooling and training. UWNCA is a key stakeholder in the Raise DC cradle-to-career initiative that aligns the work of schools, nonprofit service providers, and government agencies to keep kids on track for graduation. United Way has also launched the Million Readers, Tutors, and Mentors Challenge, with many volunteer opportunities in the DC area. Learn more >
Urban Alliance is the only year long employment program for under-resourced high school seniors in Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD. Our goal is to give youth access to professional growth and experiences. The program prepares students for a life of work and self-sufficiency through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship. Learn more >
The Vietamese-American Community Service Center operates the Family Resource Center where Vietnamese families can receive assistance with social services, employment, and citizenship as well as act as a liaison between schools, students, and parents. The Safe Place for Learning Program (SPL) and afterschool program provide youth with homework assistance, academic enrichment, workshops on drugs, teen pregnancy, and nutrition. The SPL helps students do well in school and learn how to handle peer pressures, stay focused on goals, graduate, go to college, and become a productive member of society. Learn more >
The Washington Middle School for Girls offers a solid and holistic education in the Catholic educational tradition, featuring intellectual challenge, respect for diversity, and support for the spiritual, social and emotional growth of each student. Learn more >
The Exten\sion Center is a community-based organization that provides educational services to children and teens in Washington, DC to encourage them to stay in school, excel academically, and learn job skills. The Center sponsors special event rallies, and training programs throughout the year. Learn more >
Young Ladies of Tomorrow (YLOT) works with pre-adolescent and teenage girls (ages 9-17) who have become involved in the juvenile justice system. In hopes of redirecting their course toward meaningful and productive futures, YLOT offers counseling, therapeutic recreation, job training, mentorship, and other services and opportunities for its participants. Learn more >