February Partner Highlights

Scroll down to learn more about how our partners and alumni have engaged our community.

1. Community Youth Advance was recently featured on WeINSPIRE for their work with students in Prince George’s County, MD. The article covers the organization’s start as a mentorship program serving 25 young men to the nonprofit it is today, serving over 650 students across the county. Click here to read the full article.

2. In December, the Foundation of the Advancement of Music & Education Jazz Ensemble performed at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Click here to watch the full performance.

3. The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project is launching a Coalition, “House Families; Serve Kids,” to build some political power together around the principal of increasing wrap-around services for children and youth experiencing family homelessness. If your organization is interested in learning more, please contact Jamila Larson at Jamila@playtimeproject.org. The Playtime Project also recently wrapped up a successful campaign to compel the city to fix the transportation gap for students living in the overflow shelter motels along New York Avenue. Read more here.

4. Live It Learn It has been selected as the recipient of Whole Foods’ Nickels for Nonprofits program. Between now and June 30th, you can support Live It Learn It’s mission to create and deliver experiential learning opportunities for students every time you shop at a Whole Foods in Washington, DC. To participate in the program, bring your own reusable bags and tell the cashier you’d like to donate your 5-cent bag refund to Live It Learn It.

5. In 2019, New Futures brought on their Fall cohort of 36 Scholars — the largest in the organization’s 20 year history. On Thursday, January 30, 2020, the organization welcomed and celebrated this cohort with community partners, corporate partners, donors, friends, and loved ones. These Scholars will now begin their journey with New Futures, from associate degrees and professional certifications to rewarding careers.

6. Open City Advocates recently represented a teen in a landmark DC Court of Appeals case. In this decision, the Court recognized the right to counsel for children under the supervision of the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). Penelope Spain, CEO of Open City Advocates, had this to say of the decision: “The Court recognized that children are different from adults and we must afford children a broader right to counsel to ensure that children receive the rehabilitative services envisioned by our juvenile justice system.” Click here to learn more about the decision.

7. ScholarCHIPS was recently featured on Harris’ Heroes on NBC4. ScholarCHIPS’ Founder & Executive Director Yasmine Arrington and two current scholars were interviewed for the segment. Click here to watch the full story.