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Youth Programs

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.

After-School Programming

Research has shown 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) created 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 is staffed with highly qualified teachers and counselors who have substantial experience in youth development. The program is offered two afternoons a week for 7 weeks each semester. The program is offered at William Halley and Gunston Elementary Schools. With additional funding, LCAC would consider expanding the program to other local elementary schools.

Each afternoon session includes homework help and a snack. Children have the opportunity to register for specific enrichment activities/clubs, including art, cooking, computers, dance, drama, sports and music programs. Interested in learning more, contact Linda Patterson at or call, 703/339-5161, ext. 140.


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 Christen Scott at or call 703/339-5161, ext. 170.

Summer Programming

The weekly summer programs are designed to help children and youth gain important social and emotional skills needed for academic success. The classes range from art, guitar, cooking, science, soccer and fun activities like movies. These classes are unique in that food is always a part of the program, centering around lunch, snacks, popcorn or fruit. Classes are intergenerational, engaging pre-schoolers, elementary and middle school students in addition to parents, and sometimes grandparents, all facilitated by LCAC staff and lead volunteers. Parents and LCAC staff have seen vast differences in children after participating in the program. This program provides opportunities for learning through a variety of offerings which engage children on both social and emotional planes.