DC Schools Project (DCSP) is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program that engages Georgetown students as volunteer and Federal Work Study (FWS)-funded tutors to provide English language tutoring and support for youth and adults of immigrant backgrounds in Washington, DC. The program was established in 1984 in response to the quadrupling of the language minority population in the DC public schools, as a result of the drastic increase in the immigrant population due to the civil war in El Salvador. The program seeks to improve the literacy skills and academic performance to ultimately increase the ability of the youth and adults to fully participate in the cultural, civic, educational, and economic life in US society. Fifteen student coordinators lead DCSP through which approximately 150 Georgetown students a semester have weekly commitments to one of its seven programs.
Each semester about 150 tutors serve approximately 300 public and charter school students, their families, and members of the immigrant communities throughout DC at schools, in the tutees’ homes, on the Georgetown campus, and at community-based organizations.
DCSP tutors provide after school tutoring and homework support at three elementary schools in the Columbia Heights, Parkview/Petworth, and Takoma/Brightwood neighborhoods. Tutors work with students of immigrant backgrounds who need additional help in reading, writing, speaking, or listening comprehension.
After School Tutoring at the Latin American Youth Center
DCSP tutors provide academic support and mentoring at the Latin American Youth Center twice a week. The tutors work with a variety of age groups from middle school through high school youth, with varying English language ability.
Parent Program at DC Biligual Public Charter School
The Parent Program at DC Bilingual Public Charter School is held on Saturdays to accommodate working parents and adults who wish to improve their English language ability. The Saturday class is divided into varying English language abilities, and tailored to allow for as much individual attention as possible, including support for participants interested in taking the citizenship test. Parents are encouraged to bring their children for the youth enrichment component.
The on-campus program is open to Georgetown University employees and members of the community who wish to improve their English language skills. Classes are offered throughout the day and later evening hours to enable increased accessibility for adults working non-traditional hours.
1-2-1 In-home Tutoring Program
The 1-2-1 Program is an in-home tutoring program serves the Columbia Heights, Brightwood, Petworth, and Chinatown neighborhoods. Tutees range in age from elementary to high school.
Program-Wide Services and Supports
In addition to classroom support services and tutoring, DC Schools Project also engages families and enriches the learning experience through library visits, field trips, campus celebrations, family literacy events, and connections to other community-based organizations for a variety of other resources.
DCSP holds events with campus and community-based partners during the academic year to broaden the Georgetown University community conversation about immigration reform and literacy disparities among other issues.
Opportunities to Get Involved
Tutors typically commit to tutor two times per week. Varying times are offered. Tutors are matched with individual students or on a small group basis. Each session requires roughly three hours, including van transportation to and from the site. Tutors are matched with individual students or pairs based on the tutor’s preferences and experience, as well as program and community needs. No prior teaching or tutoring experience is required. DC Schools Project provides pre-service training and ongoing support to both new and experienced tutors.
Questions about the program can be directed to Jessica Lee, DC Schools Project Program Director, at (202) 687-8868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DC Schools Project falls under Georgetown University's Protection of Minors policy.