Community Based Organizations

Organization NameDescriptionLocationContact InfoWebsite
American Friends Service Committee

Human Rights, Peace and Justice initiatives and education.

on and off
Amigos de las Americas

is a non-profit organization that works with high school and college-age students in the United States, sending each of the participants to a community in one of nine Latin-American countries over the course of 4-8 weeks. During their service trip, the volunteers collaborate with their respective communities on a designated project concerning health, nutrition, sustainability, or education. This cross-cultural experience is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to develop social, leadership, and language skills; since 1965, Amigos has sent more than 20,000 student volunteers to nine countries.
Asian America LEAD

Mentoring, tutoring, SAT prep and cultural programs for Asian American scholars off-site and pilot SAT preparation program for all scholars on-site during Fall.

Beacon House

Multifaceted community center based in the Edgewood Terrace neighborhood serving educational, physical and social needs of scholars.


Afterschool culinary arts and nutrition program in state-of-the-art kitchens resulting in academic, social and health improvements AND 100 hours of community service.

Off-site—Columbia Heights or
Cards for Hospitalized Kids

​Cards for Hospitalized Kids (CFHK) is an internationally recognized nonprofit charity that distributes uplifting, handmade cards to Children’s Hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in all 50 states. Doctors provide the medicine and CFHK aims to provide hope, joy & magic through cards. CFHK was founded in 2011 by a high school student named Jen Rubino whose own experiences a "hospitalized kid", undergoing 20+ surgeries, inspired her to start CFHK to help others.

Using CFHK’s card-making guidelines, individuals and groups (schools, companies, churches, teams, etc) donate their time + creativity to make cards and send them to CFHK for distribution. CFHK has also been fortunate to have companies such as Erin Condren, Gallery Collection, Hershey and others donate supplies & materials to further our mission. In addition to cards, CFHK also provides autographs from celebrity and athlete supporters. People of all ages and walks of life have come together under this common cause of spreading strength and smiles to sick kids.
Mary’s Center

Health, wellness, social and academic programs available.

Men Can Stop Rape

Men of Strength Club Men’s group that focuses on preventing violence by exploring positive masculinity and community leadership.
Queer Youth Assemble

Queer Youth Assemble is a youth-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit run by youth 13 to 25. We do events, projects, community collaboration, resources, professional development, artistic endeavors, and much more. We strive to create an inclusive and transformative world for queer youth.
Student Conservation Association

Lead Conservation Leadership Corps, summer job program and service projects all over the area in nature conservation.
Urban Alliance

Job training and placement at expansive list of corporate partners for paid internships.

Off-site—Office in Watergate building, Internships around the
Vietnamese American Community Service Center

Tutoring, educational and cultural enrichment, family support and translation services and recreational sports are all offered.

Off-site--Meridian Hill/Columbia
Washington Youth Choir

City-wide youth choir program with auditions necessary.

Chinatown, Calvary Baptist
We Are Artistic

We are an art community & organization for artists, artistic people, and people who appreciate art. We support all artists. Everyone is welcome to join our community. The organization was founded by Jackson Reed student Edie Young! Students can get community service hours by volunteering at card-making events or helping in one of our departments: Creativity Department, Social Media Department, Gallery and Web Department, Events Department, or Onboarding Department. We have virtual and in person volunteer opportunities.

Virtual & In Person (at various Farmers Markets, Fairs & etc.)
WILL—Wilderness Leadership and Learning

A program focused on increasing responsibility, respect and building self-esteem, self-reliance, and confidence, encouraging teens to push beyond their perceived limitations through outdoor, arts and academic training.

Offsite, Saturdays. Applications
Wrap-MC(WMC) Peer Educators

Will work with 25 youth (both women and men) from seven schools to educate youth on sexual health issues, distribute condoms, and conduct outreach for STI testing and other school-based services. The Wrap-MC (WMC) program was created by the Department of Health. YWP Wrap-MC educators receive 25 hour of comprehensive sexual health and peer education training, attend weekly meetings, and must be certified by DOH through an on-line test. WMCs are paid a stipend of $7.25 an hour for up to 4 hours a week of training and outreach.
Young Women’s Project--Teen Women in Action

The Young Women's Project builds the leadership and power of young people so that they can transform DC institutions to expand rights and opportunities for DC youth.
YWP youth staff members work with youth from five DCPS high schools to conduct research and advocacy, train other youth, and help facilitate YWP’s school-based education and condom distribution work. Youth are paid $8.25-10 an hour and work 6-12 hours a week.

1328 Florida Avenue, NW Suite 2000 Washington, DC 20009202.332.3399 (phone)
Organization NameDescriptionLocationContact InfoWebsite