Beacon House

The mission of Beacon House is to provide children in the Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC with a safe, nurturing, and life-expanding community in which to increase their academic achievement, discover their talents, and to grow into healthy adults who achieve their greatest potential. Beacon House 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.

In 1991, UU minister Rev. Donald Robinson founded this urban ministry to help children and families. Although Rev. Robinson has retired, Beacon House is still actively supported by Unitarian Universalists in D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia. We look forward to celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Beacon House in 2021.

As one teen involved with the mentoring program stated, “Beacon has not only given me lifetime mentors, but it has given me lifetime friends as well. Without Beacon House, I might not be on the correct path, optimistic, and surrounding myself with the right people.”

Beacon House provides greater equality of opportunity for youth through its many programs.

  • After-school tutoring and enrichment programs provided to children and teens, virtually — homework help, educational games, and age-specific support
  • Support of young athletes by Beacon House athletic coaches through Huddle software, FaceTime and safe, outdoor workouts at local recreation center 
  • “Camp Leap” provides summer camp for children ages 5-13, combining fun with learning including reading, writing, math skills, sports, and arts enrichment, delivered virtually in Summer 2020

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