Youth Development

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

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children through professionally supported long-term, one-to-one mentoring relationships with carefully screened, caring and committed adults. Each adult volunteer (“Big”) is matched with a 7-18 year old (“Little”) and the pair will meet together at the little’s school for one hour per week, during or after the school day for the duration of the academic year. Activities range from having lunch together, reading, doing school projects, playing outside, tutoring or just chatting.

Boys and Girls Club-Clubhouse #6

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington is to help boys and girls of all backgrounds build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults. Clubhouse #6 provides youth with exciting and intellectually stimulating programs, such as art programs, basketball teams, SMART Girls, and Passport to Manhood. Volunteers can help with a variety of the different programs which are all run by caring staff as well as dedicated Metropolitan Police officers.

DC Scores

Through an innovative model combining poetry and spoken word, soccer, and service-learning, DC Scores engages students in arts, athletics, and academics on a daily basis. The organization oversees after-school programs for over 800 low-income D.C. youth at 27 schools with the goal of helping each student increase his/her level of physical fitness, school engagement, self-worth, self-expression and sense of belonging in the community. Volunteers are needed to serve as soccer referees, assistant soccer coaches, assistant creative writing coaches, and helpers for special events.

Girl Scout Council: Young Leaders Program

Founded 100 years ago, Girl Scouts is a nationwide organization that works to build girls’ courage, confidence, and character, so that they can make the world a better place. Girl Scouts achieves this by providing participants with a myriad of enriching experiences including community service, sports, skill building clinics, field trips, cultural exchanges, and environmental advocacy.The Young Leaders Program (YLP) connects college volunteers to lead Girl Scout troops for six weeks for girls who live in low-income, challenged communities in the District of Columbia and in parts of Prince George’s County.

Kid Power

Kid Power is a nonprofit organization that provides academic, artistic, nutritional, and service-learning opportunities for youth in underserved neighborhoods in D.C. Through these activities, Kid Power empowers youth to become informed and engaged advocates for change in their own lives and in their communities. Volunteers can work at one of the 11 partner schools and can help tutor and mentor, assist a teacher or plan and accompany students on field trips.

Life Pieces to Masterpieces

Founded in 1996, Life Pieces to Masterpieces is an arts-based, year-round, comprehensive youth development and education organization for African American males ages 3 to 21.  The nonprofit serves more than 200 boys and young men annually in under-served communities in “East of the River,” a community in the southeast region of Washington, D.C. Life Pieces’ mission is to provide opportunities for the participants to discover and activate their innate creative abilities to change life’s challenges into possibilities. Volunteers can serve as tutors and mentors, helping with homework and enrichment activities.

Playworks

Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to schools. Playworks DC sends trained, full-time program coordinators, called “coaches,” to 13 low-income, urban schools, where the coaches transform recess and play into a positive experience that helps kids and teachers receive the most out of every learning opportunity. Volunteers are needed to support the coaches in implementing the program’s five components: recess, Class Game Time, out-of-school programming, developmental sports leagues, and Junior Coaches, a youth development program.

Young Playwrights’ Theater

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) is the only professional theater in Washington, D.C. dedicated entirely to arts education. Through interactive in-school and after-school playwriting programs, YPT inspires students to understand the power of language and realize their potential as both individuals and artists. 98% of YPT’s students qualify for the free lunch program and 35% of YPT’s students speak English as their second language. Volunteers are needed to serve as classroom assistants for the playwriting programs and ushers at YPT performances. Volunteers can also help with the organization’s marketing, online engagement and fundraising projects.

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