Project Northstar: Coaching Kids in CoHi
Our city provides countless opportunities to get involved within the community. For the last year and half, I’ve been working with an amazing program that I’d like people to know about. Project Northstar is a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program for homeless and low-income kids of all ages living in Washington, D.C.
Every week, I meet with my mentee, Sherly, at the Latin American Youth Center in Northwest, D.C. to help her complete homework assignments, study for upcoming tests or prepare for the next day’s lessons. Most of the kids who attend this program are Spanish-speaking and are accustomed to fluidly switching between Spanish and English. Communication with parents is typically in Spanish, too, so finding bilingual tutors is important, but can be challenging.
Additionally, Sherly and I participate in mentoring activities like attending school events and visiting museums. One-on-one outings like these, outside the weekly tutoring sessions, can lead to a relationship that provides the student a source of guidance and support.
Each year, Project Northstar raises money to provide students with a few holiday gifts ranging from coats, hats and gloves to books and games, and the program relies heavily on personal donations in order to make these gifts possible. Please consider making a donation to help a child in need have a better holiday season! Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated and can be made online at https://www.crowdrise.com/project-northstar-holiday-fund2, or checks can be sent to Project Northstar at 1419 Columbia Rd. NW Washington, DC 20009.
Project Northstar is always looking for interested volunteers. Recently, Lee Quinby, another OPXer, accompanied me to a tutoring session to find out more about the program. If you would like to consider donating your time, please email Sarah Wisseman at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Project Northstar directly at http://www.mppi.org/Project-northstar-tutoring/. It’s a really worthwhile experience!