Beacon House's mission is to provide children in the Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC with a safe, nurturing, life expanding community in which to increase their academic achievement, discover their talents, and to grow into healthy adults who achieve their greatest potential. Our programs focus on closing the education achievement gap - and thus improving the economic trajectories - of children in Ward 5 for whom generational poverty is most persistent.
Beacon House was founded in 1991, and now serves more than 150 low-income children and youth, ages 5 to 18, annually by providing afterschool academic mentoring and enrichment programs after school in two 6,000 square-foot centers in the Edgewood Commons affordable housing community. Beacon House also engages over 300 boys and girls annually in an award-winning athletics program, which reinforces the importance of school and the prioritization of education. The flagship offering of the athletics program is a national championship-winning football program which attracts children across DC.