Higher Achievement produces results because of the organization’s corps of volunteer mentors. Higher Achievement mentors are role models with varied backgrounds. Some grew up in the same communities as the scholars they mentor; others grew up in more affluent communities. 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 many forms of 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 or 6th 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, and/or Thursdays

  • You do not need to have any prior teaching experience to be a mentor and the curriculum is pre-developed and highly-structured. All we ask of you is your time and your energy. You will be a role model to your scholars, and you will play an important part in their lives as you develop relationships with them.

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, and/or Thursdays


  • DC Metro locations (six) - Capitol Hill (1503 East Capitol St, SE); Petworth (1300 Nicholson St, NW); Adams Morgan (2200 Champlain St, NW); Benning Road (301 49th St, NE); Anacostia (908 Wahler Place Southeast) and Alexandria, VA (4646 Seminary Rd)
    Nationals Youth Baseball Academy - Click here to apply.

  • 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 (Northside Center) at 4319 Old Brook Road and Thomas C. Boushall Middle School (Southside Center) 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."