Get Involved: Find Out Where You Can Volunteer in DC
There are many opportunities for residents of the DC Metro area to volunteer with district youth. Use our new database search tool to find the best match for your interests, skills, and availability. Search for volunteer opportunities >
New POV Documentary American Promise Premieres on February 3
A documentary 13 years in the making, American Promise follows the journeys of two African-American boys and their families from kindergarten to high school graduation and provides a powerful narrative about the lives of African-American boys and their families, as well as the factors that contribute to the achievement gap in education for black males.
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Me and My Mentor: Share Your Story
With the high dropout rate across the country, middle and high school students in our cities need mentors now more than ever. We've been collecting inspiring stories of DC mentors and mentees to share on our American Graduate DC Pinterest Board. Find out how to share your story here.
Raise DC: Developing a Cradle-to-Career Partnership
Raise DC is a collective call to action led by the Mayor’s Office. The mission of the partnership is to align and connect the city’s resources to provide every young person the opportunity for success. In its first annual report, Raise DC has assembled baseline data describing how the city’s young people are faring in five targeted areas. Read the Raise DC Baseline Report Card >
The Impact of Poverty on Education
One of the significant factors driving low graduation rates is poverty. It reduces access to resources and puts strain on families, schools and communities — all conspiring to prevent a child from being successful. Learn more in a new PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Poor Kids and in related stories from public media. Watch video and see related resources >
A Community Forum with Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children's Zone
Presented by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, this Socratic Forum features a discussion with Geoffrey Canada about the Harlem Children's Zone and the Promise Neighborhood model of wrapping children in high-quality, coordinated health, social, community, and educational support from birth through college. Watch the forum >