In Wellington Park, one of the most violent and under-resourced communities in southeast DC, youngsters find a safe haven at Hortonís Kids. Six days a week, they gather at the Community Resource Center to eat healthy meals, read in the library, get homework help and, most importantly, engage one-on-one with a caring adult mentor. But Hortonís Kids is much more than a community center. Through its structured case management system, children stay on track right through high school graduation and are prepared for post-secondary success. Homework help, intensive tutoring, sports, cooking classes, gardening, and field trips are available to all. Programs for older youth include college and career readiness, life skills, mentoring, and discussion groups (called Rap Sessions). The most basic needs are covered, too: coats and shoes, toiletries, emergency food, dental and vision services, and counseling with trained psychologists. More than 75% of Horton's Kids' participants are now enrolled in high-performing schools, and their graduation rate is nearly twice the neighborhood average. Serving 500 children annually, Hortonís Kids is the lifeline they deserve.