Mentor Application - Please read the information below!


All mentors new or returning must complete the DCPS volunteer clearance process before returning to or joining Power Lunch for the first time. This process is multi-step and we need your help to ensure that all mentors are aware of it.

There are three steps, the online application, TB testing and fingerprinting. The first step is for each volunteer to complete an online application that can be found here.

The online application requires that volunteers enter the name of the school they will be assigned to. Please enter the name of the school that your organization/business was assigned to last year. If you have any questions about your school assignment, please contact LaShawn Williams at

The next step for all volunteers is to complete a TB test (if you have not received a negative TB test in the past 12 months).

The third step is to complete fingerprinting at DCPS located at: 1200 First Street, NE, Washington DC. Volunteers are fingerprinted on a walk-in basis Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm and Fridays from 8 am to 3 pm.

Please note that all prospective volunteers must take with them to the fingerprinting office the following documents: proof of a negative TB test taken within the last 12 months or chest x-ray taken within the last 5 years, a state issued photo ID, and, a confirmed DC public school placement. The volunteer will also need to know their social security number. DCPS will not fingerprint anyone without these documents and a school name. Once the steps above are complete, volunteers will receive a verification email from DCPS 5-10 business days after being fingerprinted. This email will contain their DCPS volunteer clearance letter, which is valid for 2 years. Each volunteer must scan and email this letter to LaShawn Williams: as proof of clearance and so we can commence the matching process. Please also keep a copy for your records.

Click here to begin the mentor application process.
"Seeing her become more confident and her love of reading increase has been such a joy to watch."
"It's mostly fun to read and watch her become such a confident reader and learn to love reading as much as I do. She is one of my best friends."
"When an adult helps a child, it tells that child how special they are. We send a message to the child- you are important to me- that is powerful and undeniable."
"It's a fantastic program, and I think the mentors get as much, if not more, than the student. You meet wonderful kids and have lots of fun."
"When I read, I learn and grow-- you know, like Jack and the Beanstalk kind of growing and that's really big!"
"I wish Everybody Wins was everyday!"