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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth Services, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The House Student Leadership Center's priority of promoting youth leadership development, academic achievement, and social justice advances its core commitment to helping more youth live their best life stories, fulfilling its mission to give direction to students that protects their future and influence.

Results: The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington recognized The House Student Leadership Center as "One of the Best" high-impact nonprofits for its dropout prevention and mentoring programs in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Programs: An originator and provider of out-of-school time programs for children and teens in the Washington, DC region, The House Student Leadership Center magnifies the student voice for expanding the opportunity to help more youth access their best life stories. Its dashboard of programs includes before and after-school, summer camp and EmpowerMEnt® summits that build capabilities in youth and mentor this next generation of talent. Helping students achieve college access is its 1K DESTINATION: GRADUATION college readiness and scholarship initiative.  The House Student Leadership Center is the founder of the National Capital A Cinderella Ball, one of Washington, DC area’s most recognized charity events, and a respected youth led advocacy project for equality. This public service initiative supports military-connected children living with a life-limiting disability or illness.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 1

My daughter attended The House for a year. She enjoyed the activities they offered. I have rated this organization 1 star because of staff attitudes, and a general lack of communication with parents. Apparently, there was a policy that precluded parents from walking beyond the sign-in/out table. This was never mentioned during the initial interview; and so like many parents, I felt comfortable walking over to where my child was seated to help her pack. I got all sorts of stares, and tension from the staff, yet it was almost as if no one knew how to approach me to voice their concerns. I'm not threatening in demeanor or size (i'm 5'4, 125 lbs). Once a staff member did approach me, she got snippy with me. There was no reason for that...I just needed to be informed/reminded. This is a family-run business. The dad was most consistent..always professional, and seemed genuinely concerned for the kids. The mom was stern, and somewhat overbearing--but my daughter loved her, so I was fine with that. It was the girls that ran the aftercare program that lacked customer service/people skills; and sadly, they were the greeters--the people you mostly interacted with. On another occasion, an older child was able to press the back button on the center's public computer to get into an email that my daughter sent to one of her teachers. The kid then emailed my daughter's teacher, and used the 'N' word; which of course prompted the teacher to email me about 'my child's' behavior. The House did nothing about it. I expected them to have a discussion with the kids about their choice of language, or when a joke goes too far; and how they could've gotten one of their peers in serious trouble. It should have been a teachable moment. It was the perfect opportunity to discuss tolerance, in addition to cyber security; yet, the only thing they were comfortable with was discussing the issue with ME, so I'd remind my 10yr old daughter to properly close her browser window. Nothing was ever said to any other kid there--no diversity talk, standards of behavior, etc. I expected better from a staff of adults who worked in a place with a Christian undertone. It was a very disappointing experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The House, Inc. Student Leadership Center is a before/after school program for students in grades 4-12. Before school, students receive breakfast and last minute help with homework. After school, each student has a meal before starting homework, team activities, sports in the gym or group discussions with the President and Founder, Helen McCormick, about character-developing topics and issues. The ultimate goal of The House is to see its students graduate from high school and, when feasible, enroll in college to prepare for a meaningful career. Now in its 10th year, The House has seen 'grads' enroll in numerous regional colleges or universities and some have graduated to enter the world of the employed.
Other of its alum are involved in significant occupations. The House, Inc. is recognized nationally and developed a focused program for schools to involve students in walking and physical activity coupled with healthful eating to offset the nation's childhood obesity epidemic.

Students love The House and look forward to daily attendance. Parents find it equally satisfying and challenging!!