In Ward 5ís Edgewood Commons affordable housing community where the average annual income is just $12,000, Beacon House shines a powerful light. In a typical year, weekdays bring some 150 children and youth, ages 5-18, to this after-school education and youth development organization for homework help, one-on-one and group tutoring, STEM lessons, and college readiness programming. Trusted adults from the community and nearby universities serve as volunteers and mentors, providing students with academic support while fostering a sense of stability and belonging. Many students also take part in the award-winning athletics program, which attracts more than 300 youth from all over the city. Results are transformational: more than 90% of seniors graduate in a typical year and enroll in college, technical training, or military service within four months. For children in Ward 5 and beyond, Beacon House ensures that the future is bright.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 5; Edgewood Commons

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

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

Schools They Work In: Noyes Elementary; Shaed Elementary; D.C. Preparatory Academy Public Charter; Spingarn HS; Dunbar HS; Coolidge HS; McKinley Tech ; Cardozo HS; High Road Public Charter; Hope Community Public Charter School; William E. Doar Public Charter School

Awards & Recognition

Catalogue For Philanthropy 2022 "One of the Best"
Many Hands 2022 Grantee
WTOP Charity of the Month December 2022


Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Beacon House is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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