In Wellington Park, one of the most violent and under-resourced communities in southeast DC, youngsters find a safe haven at Hortonís Kids. Six days a week, they gather at the Community Resource Center to eat healthy meals, read in the library, get homework help and, most importantly, engage one-on-one with a caring adult mentor. But Hortonís Kids is much more than a community center. Through its structured case management system, children stay on track right through high school graduation and are prepared for post-secondary success. Homework help, intensive tutoring, sports, cooking classes, gardening, and field trips are available to all. Programs for older youth include college and career readiness, life skills, mentoring, and discussion groups (called Rap Sessions). The most basic needs are covered, too: coats and shoes, toiletries, emergency food, dental and vision services, and counseling with trained psychologists. More than 75% of Horton's Kids' participants are now enrolled in high-performing schools, and their graduation rate is nearly twice the neighborhood average. Serving 500 children annually, Hortonís Kids is the lifeline they deserve.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 8; Wellington Park

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: KIPP DC; Excel Academy PCS; Imagine Southeast PCS; Richard Wright PCS; Democracy Prep; Thurgood Marshall Academy

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   500
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   500
  • Percent of youth on track to high school graduation:   90
  • Percent of children who improved their literacy skills last year:   94
  • Number of meals served annually:   35,000

Awards & Recognition

"Best Nonprofit" in the Washington City Paper Best of DC Readers Poll - 2012 & 2013
The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management - 2011


Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Horton's Kids is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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