Education

Below are Neighbors Project’s community partners that are in the Education issue area. If you are interested in volunteering at any of these organizations, please contact neighborsproject@gmail.com

Academy of Hope

Academy of Hope (AoH) trains highly motivated adult learners in D.C. so they can be better equipped with skills that will help them earn their high school equivalency, gain professional and college degrees, and find living wage jobs. Of the 400 learners a year, 85% leave public assistance and enter higher education programs after finishing AoH programs. As a volunteer, you will help make this happen!

Bright Beginnings

Bright Beginnings is dedicated to meeting the immediate needs of children and families living in homeless environments by providing children with a safe, nurturing educational environment and by helping homeless parents to stabilize their home lives and become self-sufficient. Volunteers work in classrooms as aides or provide specialized skills to different areas of the organization (fundraising, marketing, etc.)

Latin American Youth Center

The Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC) mission is to empower a diverse population of underserved youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multicultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youth’s social, academic, and career needs. For 45 years, LAYC has been committed to transforming the lives of low-income young people and their families. LAYC offers enrichment, prevention, and intervention programs as well as opportunities in education, workforce readiness, housing, community building, mental health services, arts, and healthy recreation to over 4,000 individuals each year. Tutors are needed for LAYC’s after-school education program.

Martha’s Table

Established in 1980, Martha’s Table deals with the immediate effects of poverty and finds long-term solutions with education, nutrition and family support services. Martha’s Table impacts over 1,100 people a day through its grocery distribution, daycare, after-school activities, clothing store, health and nutrition workshops, parenting skill sessions, and other programs. Volunteers can help with any of the organization’s programs, but daycare and after-school assistants are especially needed. There is also a variety of internship opportunities available.

School Without Walls

School Without Walls is a small public high school in D.C. for grades 9-12 that challenging academic environment that incorporates community resources—local, national and international—in a humanities approach to learning. The school’s demanding curriculum is specifically designed to challenge its students academically, but also to provide positive youth development through academic, wellness and enrichment programming outside of the traditional school day. During the after-school program, volunteers will have the opportunity to tutor high school students in a wide range of subjects including: science, math, social studies, humanities, and language.

Thurgood Marshall Academy

Thurgood Marshall Academy is a college-preparatory public charter high school that is located in Anacostia. The school serves 400 students, over 90% of whom live in Wards 7 and 8, almost 100% of whom are African-American and over 75% qualify for free or reduced lunch. The average ninth grade student enters Thurgood Marshall Academy with skills three or four grade levels behind. The school’s specialized curriculum based on elements of law and justice, intensive English and math instruction, and enrichment programs outside of the classroom, students are able to succeed. For the seventh year in a row, 100% of Thurgood Marshall graduates have been accepted to college. Volunteers are needed to tutor students in all subjects, including English, history, law, math, science, and Spanish.

The Washington Middle School for Girls

The Washington Middle School for Girls provides a caring and safe environment for young girls who are living in an under-served urban area and are at risk of leaving school prematurely. Volunteers can serve as tutors for the afterschool programs.

YWCA

YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Students can volunteer as tutors, classroom assistants, coaches or assistants to the marketing department.

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