Washington, District of Columbia

Teaching and Program Assistants

Academy Of Hope -- Washington, District of Columbia

1- or 2-year term
Ages 20+
Mennonite Voluntary Service



Academy of Hope's mission is to provide high quality adult basic education in a manner that changes lives and improves our community.

The Academy of Hope was founded in 1985 by two teachers who believed that education could empower those most marginalized in Washington, D.C. It was clear that people trapped in the cycle of poverty lacked basic reading, writing and math skills, and they needed to acquire jobs that paid living wages.

Academy of Hope is considered one of the most successful programs of its kind. Students become part of a learning community where everyone is valued, adds value and is both a teacher and a learner. Our curriculum is experiential and focuses on life skills, which means that students can immediately begin applying what they're learning to their own lives - and reap the benefits.

Student Instruction and Support

  • Co-teach subject area courses needed to pass the GED or prepare for postsecondary education or training. Courses include: reading, writing, math, social studies, science, computer basics and college prep.
  • Work with teachers to provide ongoing assessment of individual student progress and adapt curriculum and lesson plans according to the needs of the students.
  • Conduct weekly phone calls to students to monitor attendance, goals, and provide support.
  • Support program managers with student activities, including school wide programs, guest speakers for lunch bunch, field trips, etc (see more under program administration).
  • Provide one-on-one tutoring to learners needing extra help. Lead small groups as needed.

Program Administration

  • Ensure accurate collection and entry of student enrollment, attendance (e.g., maintain/update attendance sign-in sheets and wall attendance charts) and achievement (e.g., test scores and met goals).
  • Contribute to entering student in-take, testing (both placement and progress testing) and goal information.
  • Work with instructors, program staff and volunteers to prepare for program sessions, including registration and intake.
  • In collaboration with supervisor and other instructors, select areas of particular responsibilities, such as preparing volunteer newsletters, acting as volunteer coordinator, serving as student advocacy leader or faculty advisor to Student Leadership Association.


  • Commitment toward social justice and empowerment of low-income and at-risk adults through education.
  • Exceptionally mature college graduate with good writing skills, knowledge of English grammar and a comfort level with upper-level Math.
  • Must be comfortable working with computers and familiar with MS Office.
  • Strong interest in teaching is a must.
  • Experience in teaching or tutoring is desirable; however, training in literacy tutoring will be provided.
  • Ability to work in a very diverse and fast-paced environment.
  • Capable of taking initiative and following through with responsibilities.
  • Good people skills and ability to work independently.

 Program info



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 Program site



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