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American Graduate DC Champions

An American Graduate Champion commits their time, skills and resources to make sure that young people succeed. He or she is an individual who plays an active role in improving educational outcomes for students. A champion is a parent who is active in the lives of young people or a volunteer who creates a positive environment daily for youth in their community.

Learn Serve International

LearnServe International equips high school students from diverse backgrounds with the entrepreneurial vision, tenacity, confidence, and leadership skills needed to tackle social challenges at home and abroad.

We bring together students from all across the Washington, DC area and prepare them with the skills of business leadership, innovative problem-solving, and cross-cultural fluency. Then we challenge them to lead community-based change in their schools, across the DC region, and around the world.

Together we are building a new generation of global leaders and entrepreneurs poised to transform their communities.

 

Duane Myko

 

DC College Access Program

DC-CAP is a privately-funded nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and enabling DC public high school students to enroll in and graduate from college.

DC-CAP is unique from other college access programs around the country for two reasons. First, every DC public and public charter high school student is eligible for DC-CAP services, regardless of academic history, grade point average, family income, citizenship status, ethnicity, special education eligibility, delinquency or juvenile criminal history. Unlike other programs, DC-CAP believes in an expansive approach to college access. Whereas many other programs set criteria that disqualify students from participation, the principle operating philosophy at DC-CAP is that every single high school students has the right to an opportunity to improve their quality of life through a college education. The second unique feature of DC-CAP is that we continue to support the students for up to five years after high school graduation so that they have the best chance of completing their education.

Latin Amer Youth

The Latin American Youth Center's (LAYC) mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs.

Since 1968, LAYC has been committed to transforming the lives of low-income young people and their families. LAYC offers multi-service, comprehensive, and bilingual enrichment, prevention, and intervention programs and opportunities in education, workforce readiness, housing, community building, mental health services, arts, and healthy recreation to over 4,000 individuals each year.

LAYC has special expertise in serving underserved youth, low-income teen parents, homeless youth, youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems, and youth facing mental health, substance abuse, or complex family issues.

While LAYC initially worked with Latino youth of diverse backgrounds, today all youth -- Latino, African American, African -- are supported by LAYC at sites in the District of Columbia and Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.

Harriet Frost

Former librarian for Banneker Senior high School and historian teaching students about the history Idella Carrier of Rosewood. Idella Carrier after fleeing the atrocities which occurred at Rosewood, moved and settled in Tampa, Florida.  The Rosewood families are the only families who have received reparations from a state government in the United States.  We seek to bring focus, and keep alive our heritage and history.  We also seek to educate and make a difference in the Washington, DC. community 

Byte Back

Byte Back mission is to improve economic opportunity by providing computer training, access to technology, and career preparation for low-income residents of the Washington, DC metro area.

Hope Harrod

Hope Harrod is a teacher at John Burroughs Elementary School.

On the 2012 DC CAS, 24 percent of students in Ms. Harrod’s class moved up one proficiency level in math and 40 percent of students moved up one proficiency level in reading. Burroughs, at the school level, also made tremendous gains, jumping 16 percentage points in math and 12 percentage points in reading. She was DC Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2012. 

Keisha McLauhglin

Eric Hillard

Tyrea Covington

Ramani Smith

Smart From the Start, Cherie Craft

Smart from the Start is a family support, community engagement and school readiness organization that has as its mission to prevent the academic achievement gap among young children living in the lowest income families and communities. Smart empowers parents and caregivers in under-served communities with the tools, resources and support they need to break cycles of chronic school underachievement and generational poverty.

College Tribe

College Tribe started in 2007 to increase to number of Black males in the District of Columbia graduating from high school who go to college and become successful. We hosted etiquette classes, financial literacy, and other college preparatory skills training. As we targeted younger ages, we incorporated chess, then robotics, then video game design, to our curriculum to ignite a curiosity for the STEM fields. The relationship between a mentor and a mentee serves to inform and encourage our boys to success.

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