Mentor with the GRIOT GIRLS

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Are you a woman who loves Hip-hop and is looking for a way to give back? Are you looking to do meaningful, volunteer work? Are you ready to give back to your community? Do you love to work with girls and have a hunger to help positively influence a young woman’s life? Consider mentoring with Griot Girls!

WHO ARE WE? We are a non-profit Theatre Company dedicated to cultivating and celebrating Black women and girls in theatre. We operate a series of youth programs in Washington D.C area that works with elementary, middle to high school aged girls of called The Griot Girls. In 2011, FRESHH began serving girls in a Hip-Hop rites of passage program. In the next year, FRESHH began its Power of the Pen Summer Youth Employment Program. After year two of Power of the Pen, The girls involved continued performing year round forming the Griot Girls, a mentoring program for girls in Hip-Hop Theatre. Four years teaching girls playwriting, technical theatre, and acting techniques, rap, dance and singing, Griot Girls has an ensemble, which has partnered with the Kennedy Center, The THEARC, and throughout the community.

We are currently seeking volunteers to support our work of academic enrichment and literacy by working with use as Homework Help/College Prep Mentors.  Mentors would be appointed a group of girls to mentor and act as a group leader. Each mentor would have to fulfill a set number of mentoring responsibilities, including helping with homework, tracking progress toward outcomes, reaffirming values and culture of the organization and supporting the community of mentors at large.

TIME COMMITMENT AND LOCATIONS: There are two after school sessions (fall and spring) but it is strongly recommended (not required) that volunteers attend both sessions. Our fall/winter programming (The Village) is on Mondays and Wednesdays (4:30-7:30pm). Our after school and summer locations are located at the Anacostia Arts Center on 1231 Good Hope Rd SE.


Volunteers will  assist high school students with homework assignments and developing literacy and mathematics skills in addition to college prep.  They provide help with all subjects and also may specialize in one or two subjects up to the college-prep level. Volunteers assist students for one hour per week (4:30-5:30pm) when program is in session. They must be comfortable interacting with high school students in small groups and individually. A volunteer commitment throughout the school year is requested. College students can be considered for a short-term volunteer assignment for at least one academic quarter and earn credits.