Critical Exposure - Photographer

Help in the classroom. This is the trickiest role to coordinate, because there are limited opportunities for us to bring volunteers into the schools where we work, but we do try to engage skilled photographers in helping lead photo walks, work with students on photography basics, share professional experiences, and more.

Donate your work to our annual photo auction. The auction takes place in October and is our major fundraiser of the year. You can donate a print (framed, if possible) to help us raise money to continue providing photography and leadership training to our students. (Please know that there's a chance that we might not be able to include the image in the auction -- photographers have been so generous that we sometimes have too many!)

Take photos of our events and classes. We regularly have events that we need to document, and we like to give our students and staff a reprieve from shooting in order to talk to people about their work. If you're able to attend events or occasional classes and capture images of our programs in action, that's incredibly helpful. Does this sound like your wheelhouse? Join the "Volunteer: Photographer" group!


DC Diaper Bank- Warehouse Volunteer

Come help us in the warehouse!  Volunteering is family friendly and all are welcome whether it’s for one hour or four. We’ll be sorting and packing diapers and even little hands can help with that (or just play in the play area!).  Our Volunteer Dates are a great way to start talking about giving back and community in a very tangible way that kids can relate to well.  Dates are below — if you’d like to join us for one of these days please let us know that you’re coming, if you’re bringing anyone with you and ages for small ones.  All volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Find out the dates here


Best Kids, Inc. - Mentors

BEST Kids, Inc. seeks mentors


1) Be a positive adult role model and commit to your mentoring relationship for at least one year.

2) See your mentee for ten hours a month, with some form of weekly contact with your mentee. Weekly contact can consist of face-to-face meetings, phone calls, emails, or postcards. However, the majority of those hours must be face-to-face.

3) Attend BEST Kids Peer Groups every 2nd Saturday of the month with your mentee. These are fun, free and organized specifically for the mentors and mentees in our four age appropriate groups. Each group meets together for an educational and enrichment opportunity. It is a great support network for the mentors and the youth are able to build friendships with other youth in similar life situations.

Some of our recent Peer Groups include: Arts/Improv Workshops, Sporting Events, Museum Scavenger Hunts, Career Workshops, Kayaking on the Anacostia, etc. 4) Complete the background check and clearance process within 8 weeks. Please review our website for specifics on the clearance process: 5) Attend a match meeting with your mentee and the closure meeting when your commitment ends. 6) Complete a simple online monthly report about your mentoring relationship.

Volunteers must: Be 21 years old or older; Be living in the DC area long enough to fulfill your 1 year commitment; Have access to a reliable vehicle; either you own a car or have a subscription to Zipcar, etc; Have a clean driving record and clean criminal background record

Contact: Danny Silbert,

The Black Swan Academy - Lead Instructors

We are seeking several competent and qualified Lead Instructor(s), who are committed to encouraging and assisting students to develop his/her full potential. This position will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the curriculum; supervising counselors and youth. This position is not paid, however a small stipend will be offered. The Lead Instructor is expected to attend required trainings and work 5-8 hours per week (3:30-6 p.m.).

Requirements: 2-3 years experience conducting lesson plans/trainings/workshops; At least one year experience overseeing staff/volunteers or youth; Background in Black History, Social work, Education or Social Policy. Sensitivity to people of diverse educational, ethnic, and economic backgrounds; Secure DCPS clearances

Contact: Samantha Davis,