Each year, for 60 hours a week, the House engages 450 students in grades 4-12 in Prince William County, and an additional 3,200 students across the DC metro region Ė before school, after school, on weekends, and in the summer. For students in crisis, counseling, recreational therapy, and family support programs help them overcome obstacles and become advocates for their own mental health. During the critical out-of-school hours (the peak time for dangerous behavior), the House equips kids with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in higher education, in their chosen careers, and in life. The approach is comprehensive: academic enrichment, leadership development, mentorship, service-learning, workforce readiness, college access, and health programs come together under one roof to help each child reach his or her full potential. The House is a second home for these kids. Letís make sure the door is always open.

Headquarters: VA-Prince William County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

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

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: Prince William County Schools; DC Public Schools


  • Number of meals served annually:   31,200
  • Hours of tutoring, mentoring, or class-time you provide annually:   15,600
  • High school graduation rate (or GED completion rate) of your students:   100%
  • College acceptance rate of your students:   100%
  • Student/family mental health consultations:   800

Awards & Recognition

2015 Best of Prince William: Best Recreational Facility
2015 Best of Prince William: Best Community Center
2014 Best of Prince William: Best Recreational Facility
2014 Best of Prince William: Best Community Center
2013 Best of Prince William: Best Recreational Facility
2013 Best of Prince William: Best Community Center
2013 Best of Prince William: Best Community Involved Business
2013 Best of Prince William: Most Community Involved Person, President & Founder, Helen McCormick
2012 Best Practice Innovation Award, Potomac Health Foundation
2012 Best of Prince William: Best Recreational Facility
2012 Best of Prince William: Best Community Center
2012 Best of Prince William: Most Community Involved Person, President & Founder, Helen McCormick
2011 White House Champion of Change, President and Founder, Helen McCormick
2009 Toyota Tribute to Working Women Honoree, President and Founder, Helen McCormick
2009 Mayor Adrian M. Fenty recognized The House's A Cinderella Ball in his Mayor's Environmental Excellence Awards to the Willard InterContinental

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Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for The House, Student Leadership Center is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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