WISH LIST: $100: homework help for 5 children for 1 month; $500: 7-week summer camp for 1 child; $1000: SAT prep for 10 college-bound, low-income teenagers
Operating in the middle of a large, subsidized housing project in Ward 5 where students typically perform in the lowest quartile on standardized tests, Beacon House creates a culture of self-discipline and academic success for its children. Circumstances are tough and parents lack the language skills and school savvy that might help them help their children – so Beacon House offers one-on-one, back to basics, math and reading for 1st to 8th graders, and has had a dramatic impact on academic performance: reading and math skills improve by an average of 2.1 grade levels. Nutritious meals are offered along with homework help, tutoring in core subjects, and a healthy portion of athletics, recreation, and the arts. High-risk youth ages 5-18 and young adults participate in a violence prevention initiative; a girl’s empowerment group raises the self-esteem of 9-13 year-olds, and last year Beacon House helped 30 seniors gain admission to colleges and professional schools. A thriving program that has a positive impact on hundreds of lives each year, Beacon House merits your enthusiastic support.
Interim Executive Director
601 Edgewood Street NE, Suite 15
Washington, DC 20017