Mentor Application - Please read the information below!

All volunteers must complete the Everybody Wins DC mentor application found here .

In addition, volunteers assigned to schools in Washington DC must also complete a separate DCPS VOLUNTEER CLEARANCE PROCESS. Volunteers assigned to Francis Scott Key School in Arlington, Virginia do not need to complete the DCPS clearance process, as Arlington has a separate fingerprinting process onsite at the school.

There are three steps that all DC volunteers must take to obtain background clearance from DCPS:

  1. Online application. Complete the online application that can be found here. This is a separate application from the EWDC mentor application.

    The DCPS 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 Rachael Walker at

  2. Submit a negative Tuberculosis (TB) test taken within the last 12 months.

  3. Fingerprinting. All prospective volunteers must complete fingerprinting at DCPS located at 1200 First Street, NE, Washington DC. To be fingerprinted, you must take 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, and a state-issued photo ID. You will also need to provide your social security number. DCPS will not fingerprint anyone without these documents and a school name.

    Volunteers are fingerprinted on a walk-in basis Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 your DCPS volunteer clearance letter, which is valid for 2 years.

SCAN AND EMAIL VOLUNTEER CLEARANCE LETTER to Rachael Walker: as proof of clearance and so we can commence the matching process. Please also keep a copy for your records.

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