Horton’s Kids supports children through mobile programs at venues like the U.S. Department of Education and the Rayburn House Office Building, as well as through its on-site Community Resource Center. Equipped with bulletproof glass, the Center is the only safe, consistent and accessible source of fresh produce, emergency food, books, computers, and internet within walking distance. Horton’s Kids’ participants often experience chaotic and traumatic home lives and at the Center, they can safely eat, study, read, and engage with caring adults. As such, it plays a powerful role in Horton’s Kids’ ability to transform the lives of 500 children through three areas of focus:
- Academic Supports, aligned to the Common Core, include one-on-one tutoring for K-6th graders to strengthen their math and literacy skills; an older youth program for 7th-12th graders to promote success in school and build college/career readiness; and educational advocacy to connect families with high-performing schools.
- Enrichment Opportunities include activities that are designed to develop key character traits and include weekend activities, field trips, and summer programming.
- Health and Basic Needs Supports include healthy meals and food services, diaper distribution, dental and vision care, coat and backpack distributions, and connections to partner organizations that empower families.