michelle obama with higher achievement

  • 2012 Smarter Summers Grantee from the National Summer Learning Association and The Walmart Foundation

  • 2012 HandsOn Greater DC Cares Deloitte Spirit of Service Grant

  • 2012 Runner Up for Best Place to Volunteer in Washington, DC by Washington City Paper 

  • 2011-2012 Featured Charity in the Catalogue for Philanthropy

  • 2011 Metlife Afterschool Innovator Award

  • 2009 Coming Up Taller Award presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

  • 2008 Enterprise Winner for the Catalogue of Philanthropy

  • 2008 feature in the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region’s annual report

  • December 2008 listing in Washingtonian Magazine’s top local charities to support

  • 2006 national winner of the Excellence in Summer Learning Award, given by Johns Hopkins University

  • 2006 Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Award

  • 2005 winner of the Washington Post Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award

  • 2005 NPower/Accenture Award for Nonprofit Innovation in Technology


"I used to talk in a little voice and stutter in front of people, and now I don’t do that. I learn new things that I can bring into school and say, ‘Oh I learned that at Higher Achievement!’"