Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service
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After School Kids (ASK) Program

The After School Kids (ASK) Program seeks to empower at-potential youth in the District of Columbia to make positive strides in their lives by challenging them with new learning opportunities and teaching them the necessary skills to successfully meet those challenges. Approximately 60 Georgetown students participate in ASK each semester as Federal Work Study and volunteer coordinators and tutors.

DC Reads

Georgetown DC Reads is a tutoring, mentoring and advocacy program for 1st through 5th grade students who are a grade level or more behind in their literacy skills. This program began in 1997 as the University’s response to the passage of the America Reads Act, a literacy initiative established to improve reading proficiency for all elementary students by engaging college students as volunteer and Federal Work Study-funded tutors. Sixteen student coordinators lead the program through which over 100 Georgetown students each semester have weekly tutoring commitments at elementary schools and community centers east of the Anacostia River.

DC Schools Project (DCSP)

DC Schools Project (DCSP) is a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program that engages Georgetown students as tutors to provide English language tutoring and support for low-income 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 DC public schools, as a result of the drastic increase of DC’s immigrant population due to the civil war in El Salvador. The program seeks to improve participants’ literacy skills and academic performance to ultimately increase the ability of the youth and adult participants to fully engage in the cultural, civic, educational, and economic life of American society. Fifteen student coordinators lead DCSP through which approximately 100 Georgetown students each semester have weekly commitments to one of its sub-programs.

HOME Program

The HOME Program coordinates CSJ’s multiple homeleness outreach and education efforts in collaboration with community partners, campus partners, and student organizations. The program includes awareness-buildling, advocacy campaigns, and direct service opportunities. Questions about the HOME Program or additional homelessness outreach opportunities, can be directed to the HOME Program Coordinator at


Jumpstart is a national early education organization and works with underserved preschool children in schools and community centers. Through an evidence-based curriculum, Jumpstart strives to develop language and literacy skills that youth need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap. 


STEM Afterschool is a project-based science enrichment program for 2nd and 3rd grade students at public schools in DC’s Ward 7. It aims to increase students’ interest in and engagement with STEM topics, expand students’ awareness of STEM careers, and improve students’ academic performance in science and math coursework.

Student Organizations

CSJ grants access to benefits to over 40 student organizations that work in local, national, and global communities. Student organizations are overseen by the CSJ Advisory Board for Student Organizations (ABSO), a group of student leaders who facilitate and provide resources to student-led social justice, service, and advocacy student organizations at Georgetown University.