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Northstar Tutoring is a free tutoring and mentoring program for low-income students living in the D.C. area. Northstar offers programming to more than 300 children in grades K-12 in DC and Maryland with the mission of helping students reach their full potential by overcoming barriers to personal and academic success. The goal of all Northstar activities is two-fold: to help students reach and exceed academic grade level requirements and to help them along the path of personal success through the active and long-term support of a successful and caring adult.

The Rita Bright Center location (2500 14th St. NW Washington, DC) operates on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm (most volunteers just sign up for one session per week, but you are of course welcome to do both!). Volunteers are matched with a student who they work with for the entire school year, helping them to complete tutoring materials provided by Northstar, typically in math and reading. Students at this location range from K-6th grade and volunteers can request a specific age range to be matched with. Volunteers are also encouraged (but not required) to take their student out on a monthly mentoring activity. Mentoring activities take place outside of the tutoring hours and examples include taking a student to the playground/park, visiting a museum, or going to a sporting event.

Please note, tutors who are unable to come on a weekly basis are welcome to volunteer as a sub to fill in for absent tutors!

A few additional facts:

  • We accept new students throughout the year so volunteers can sign up at any point and be matched with a new student. We usually ask that volunteers commit to the remainder of whatever school year they join in.
  • No previous teaching experience is required (approximately 90% of volunteers have never taught/tutored before).
  • We work with students in grades K-6th and volunteers can request a specific age range to be matched with.
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Saarah Abdul-Rauf at

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About Northstar Tutoring


1419 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009, US

Mission Statement

Northstar Tutoring’s mission is to provide free tutoring and mentoring services to low-income children living in the Washington, D.C. area. By matching students with their own tutor/mentor we help these children overcome barriers to personal and academic success and serve as a beacon - or a north star - by which they can find a way to a better, brighter future.


Northstar Tutoring provides free, year round services for low-income students living in Washington, D.C. Northstar is a unique mix of tutoring and mentoring for low-income families in Washington, D.C. Partnering with families, educators and volunteers, Northstar has spent almost 30 years providing twice weekly tutoring and regular mentoring activities to some of D.C.’s most under-served students.

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Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees


Sat Jun 01, 2024 - Mon Jun 17, 2024


2500 14th Street NorthwestWashington, DC 20009



  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Reading / Writing


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 90 minutes/week

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