Founded in 1975, LCAC is an independent 501(c)3, nonprofit organization serving the residents of Fort Belvoir, Lorton, Newington and other portions of southeast Fairfax County with access to basic needs and the opportunity to empower themselves through LCAC’s self-sufficiency programs.
Research documents that high-quality after-school programs have an important positive impact on the lives of children and youth and intervention at the elementary level is crucial. The Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) is creating an exciting after school program for 4th – 6th graders that helps broaden a child’s perspective and positively impacts their development into adulthood.
The LCAC after-school program will be staffed with highly qualified teachers and counselors who have substantial experience in youth development. The program will be offered two afternoons a week for 9 ½ weeks beginning in Fall 2012. Initially, the program will be offered at William Halley Elementary School with the goal of adding Gunston Elementary and Lorton Station Elementary by 2013.
Each afternoon session will include homework help and a snack. Children will have the opportunity to register for specific enrichment activities/clubs, including engineering, environmental club (the Green Team), math, peer mediation, physical fitness and hobbies and games (chess, photography, knitting, etc.). A bi-monthly community service component will provide students the opportunity to interact with people from local public resources, including librarians, police officers, firefighters and EMTs, as well as other professionals.
LCAC offers one-on-one tutoring to elementary children from local schools who are struggling with schoolwork and do not have the means to pay for tutoring. A volunteer works with the same child from October through June at a weekly tutoring session held at the Lorton Community Library.
LCAC’s Director of Volunteers works closely with principals to identify teachers and parents that are committed to being active and engaged partners in the tutoring program. Teachers and volunteer tutors communicate on a regular basis to ensure the academic area where their individual student needs the most emphasis and to keep the student on track with both classwork and homework. LCAC provides teaching materials for the children and tutors. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with the Tutoring program, please contact Kathy Noone at
or call 703-339-5161, ext. 170.