As part of its second annual holiday campaign, Washington Post Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, awarded grants to four organizations helping disadvantaged youth in the D.C. region.
Oct. 25, 2012 Mentor Erin Brownlee, center, helps eighth-grader Starr Guy, 13, with her homework. Starr is one of many students from different D.C. public schools who meet at the Center City Public Charter School three days a week for an after-school program. The program is part of Higher Achievement, a nonprofit effort to help close the academic and achievement gap for at-risk students. Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post Buy Photo