Our Youth Academic and Enrichment Programs provide kids in our community with the educational support and extracurricular activities that empower them to achieve academic success and become well-rounded adults.
After School Program
Belong! runs an after-school program for elementary and middle school students. Our staff diligently plans a meaningful, warm, positive, and safe learning environment for students who will benefit from extra academic support in a small group setting. The program helps our students excel in their academic endeavors – reinforcing math skills, reading comprehension, and vocabulary while also forging positive social skills and strengthening relationships. If you would like to sign your child up for tutoring, contact 571-325-8689.
Belong! just implemented the Reading One-to-One program in our after-school classes. The program was designed at the University of California for volunteers to work with elementary school students who were struggling in reading. By focusing on phonics, the program will show kids that they can decode and teach them to do it better and better so that they can be successful and confident readers and writers!
Belong! always welcomes volunteers to support our after-school program. With more volunteers, we can increase the number of kids we reach.
Volunteer tutors will work weekly with small groups of 1-2 children to provide academic support in math and reading through games, read alouds, an other fun activities. The time commitment is 1.5-2 hours per week. We will provide training, activities, and on-going support to make your experience a rewarding one.
To learn more about our tutoring volunteer opportunities, you can see the full Job Description here.
If interested in serving as a volunteer tutor, please complete the Volunteer Application here. You will also need to attend a short Belong! orientation. To work with children, we also require an interview (via Zoom or in person), Code of Conduct Agreement Form, and a background check. We look forward to meeting you, and having you join the Belong! community.
In January 2023, Belong! started hosting weekly Lego STEM Clubs for K-6th graders at our two tutoring sites. Students work in small groups with Lego Mentors and are given a variety of fun and creative Lego challenges that engage them in learning basic concepts of engineering, math, coding, teamwork, and problem-solving.
Summer Academic and Enrichment Camp
This past summer, our academic and enrichment camp was a source of joy, connection, and support for rising 1st through 7th graders and their families. Belong!'s volunteers provided game-based academic and arts instruction, helping kids enjoy math, science, writing, art, drama, and reading in a fun and creative environment. Special visitors provided opportunities to learn about yoga, soccer, bee keeping, birds and reptiles, service dogs, and more. A major highlight of our camp was our field trip to the Museum of Natural History in DC. In our fourth week of camp, we collaborated with Vienna Presbyterian Church (“VPC”) to bring Vacation Bible School to our campers. It was a week of hands-on bible/Christian education mixed with arts and crafts and outdoor activities.
Our team of volunteers worked hard to provide exciting and creative challenges while keeping kids safe. Children had a chance to form new friendships, play, explore new activities, and get ready for the next school year. It was an unforgettable time for both children and volunteers!
Summer Camp Volunteers 2022 - Done for 2022. Watch for 2023 opportunities!
Station Leaders or Group Guides: We need volunteers to lead this year's summer camp activities (Science, Math, Storytime, Arts & Crafts, Drama & Music, Recreation) or work as group guides. Click here to see Station Leader volunteer Job Description and here to see Group Guides volunteer job description.
Food Prep and Serving: Volunteers in this role help with prepping and serving food to our campers. It is an ideal opportunity for those who can only commit for a couple of hours one or more days.
Enrichment Visitors Needed: We need volunteers with specialized skills and talents to share with our students. You would present a 35-minute talk and activity twice during one day of our camp. The skills/talents we are looking for are in any of the following areas:
Animals – volunteers with any sort of knowledge of animals– rescue animals, guide dogs, snakes, wild birds of prey, etc.
International Talents – Teach our campers a song or dance. Help them cook or prepare a unique food. Show them how to make and play an indigenous instrument or create a traditional kind of art.
The Arts – Do you enjoy storytelling? What about teaching a short class on painting, pottery, yarn art, book-making, or origami? We also welcome group art projects such as painting a small mural.
Other projects/areas of expertise you can share with the campers:
A quick gardening project
Wind power or solar energy, or another environmental project
An interactive demonstration of how our water, electric, or other system runs
A bike safety demonstration
Cooking – making ice cream or baking bread
Simple science experiments
A project involving sharing or philanthropy
Your own unique idea!
Camp Dates: We will update with new dates in the spring of 2023
Location: Church For All Nations, across from Cedar Lane Shopping Center
See the video below to get a sense of how much fun we had in last year's camp!!!
Thank You, Church For All Nations
Thank you, Church for All Nations for sharing your facilities and allowing us to run our programs. Our students and staff are grateful to have a safe space where they can learn, play, and enjoy each other’s company.
Belong! offers camps during school holiday breaks to keep students engaged while having lots of fun. It also provides support to parents who cannot take time off of work when children are off from school.
Our campers are exposed to a wide range of activities designed to keep them engaged and stimulate their creativity. Students get a chance to go on field trips, participate in STEM activities, arts and crafts, sports, drama, music, and socialize with new and old friends.
During our last Spring Break Camp, students were visited by a couple of soft and furry alpacas and the cutest baby goat!
Working to Improve Reading Skills Through University Partnerships
In the midst of the pandemic, Belong! was presented with a unique opportunity to partner with Townson University to offer 13 students virtual reading and writing support. This paved the way to form a great partnership with the George Mason University’s (GMU) Sturtevant Center for Literacy. In the last couple of summers, Belong! and GMU have helped over 25 elementary school students access up to 24 hours of personalized reading support with trainee reading specialists. Each student receives one-on-one specialized instruction that addresses their individual needs.
Belong! is proud to provide effective ways to enhance the academic success of our students.