A key component of Higher Achievement's success is our mentoring program. Higher Achievement mentors are role models with varied backgrounds. Our mentors are passionate and committed role models who dedicate one night a week to the success of our scholars. Some grew up in the same communities as the scholars they mentor; others grew up in other parts of the country or world. Some live in the city; others commute from the suburbs.

Together, these mentors build a rich community that exposes Higher Achievement scholars to new perspectives and support. Our mentors, in turn, are rewarded with the experience of making a dramatic and clear impact on the lives of young people — and they are connected with a network of hundreds of professionals who are similarly invested in their communities.

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Teaching Mentors Commitment

  • What: Teach a small group of 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th graders in a core academic subject: math, literature, or elective seminar

  • When: One night a week from 6:00-8:15pm (DC Metro and Baltimore), 5:30-7:30pm (Pittsburgh and Richmond) - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays

  • You do not need to have any prior teaching experience to be a mentor. The curriculum is pre-developed and highly-structured. All we ask of you is your time and energy. 

Study Hall Aide Commitment

  • What: Work with a group of 5th-8th grade scholars to complete homework after school

  • When: 3:30-6:00pm (one afternoon a week) – Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays


  • DC Metro locations (eight) - Capitol Hill (1503 East Capitol St, SE); Brightwood (1300 Nicholson St, NW); Adams Morgan (2200 Champlain St, NW); Benning Road (301 49th St, NE); Minnesota Ave (3701 Hayes Street NE), Anacostia (908 Wahler Place Southeast and 1700 Q St SE) and Alexandria, VA (4646 Seminary Rd)

  • Baltimore Locations (three) - City Springs Elementary/Middle School (100 South Caroline St), Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary/Middle School (2501 Seabury Road), and Lakeland Elementary/Middle School (2921 Stranden Rd.). 

  • Richmond Locations (two) - Thomas H. Henderson Middle School at 4319 Old Brook Road and Thomas C. Boushall Middle School at 3400 Hopkins Road

  • Pittsburgh Locations (two) - Hill District Achievement Center (Pittsburgh UPrep/Milliones, 3117 Centre Avenue) and Homewood Achievement Center (Pittsburgh Westinghouse, 1101 N. Murtland Avenue)

Application Process

First, apply here. Upon receiving your application, a Higher Achievement team member will contact you to set up an interview.

Additionally, all Higher Achievement mentors must complete the following prior to starting as a volunteer:

  • Have a current TB test on file (depending on affiliate)
  • Provide fingerprints to be submitted for an FBI criminal background check
  • Attend orientation 

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"As a mentor, my scholars give me something to do, something to worry about, and something to be proud of."