Project Northstar Tutoring and Mentoring Program (DC)
Project Northstar is a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring program for children in grades K-12 who are homeless or living in foster care or in poor, underserved neighborhoods in the
The Volunteers At the heart of Project Northstar’s efforts are the volunteer tutor/mentors committed to the welfare of children living in the District. Tutors are professionals in law, biology, photography, dance, government, engineering, documentary film-making, and economics. Each tutor commits to working with one child for one full year.
The Project Northstar tutoring/mentoring model has a track record of success. Students who receive mentoring and tutoring do better in school than those who receive only tutoring. In 2009-2010, mentoring activities included trips to the National Zoo for the African-American Easter Egg Roll, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, and many Smithsonian museums. Mentoring activities open the door to new worlds and give students a deepened sense of belonging in
Project Northstar also organizes group activities including a holiday party, a spring party, an end-of-year picnic, and trips to sporting and cultural events.
Project Northstars’ Impact Ninety-five percent of PN students were promoted to the next grade at the end of the school year. Seventy-eight percent had report card grades that indicated improvement in the subjects in which they were tutored. One hundred percent of the students and the tutors said they enjoyed being in the program!
Donate to Project Northstar
Donate to Project Northstar by credit card:
1. Click on the “Network for Good” logo near the top of
2. On the next page, click “Donate Now”
3. On the page that comes onto your screen, fill out all
of the boxes and under "Designation" type
4. Press “Continue” at the bottom of
the page and complete the transaction
Donate to Project Northstar by check:
1. Make out the check to “The Martin Pollak
Project, Inc.” and on the
memo/designation line, write "Donation
for Project Northstar"
2. Mail the check to:
The Martin Pollak Project, Inc.
3701 Eastern Avenue
Volunteer with Project Northstar
- Tutor/Mentors work with a specific student throughout the academic year.
- Site Coordinators help oversee each tutoring session.
- Substitutes provide assistance on an on-call basis.
- Interns help with the day-to-day operations of Project Northstar.
Project Northstar is now on Facebook and
Search for “Project Northstar” and join our group!
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