Meet Our Newest DC Partners

Fair Chance is excited to introduce you to the 2021 Cohort in Washington, DC! These nonprofits serve nearly 1,700 children and families across all 8 wards. Two Praxis Partners – ScholarCHIPS and The Swaliga Foundation – recently completed the six-month Pathways Partnership. We are excited for both organizations to build on their achievements with an additional year of capacity building.

From prenatal support to early literacy intervention to outdoor exploration, our new partners are providing youth in our city with vital opportunities. Learn more about each organization below:

Looks & Books
Pathways Partner
Shannon Williams, Executive Director

Looks & Books offers evidence-based early literacy intervention to inner-city children, and parent engagement programs. Looks & Books is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them develop and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading.

Mamatoto Village
Praxis Partner
Aza Nedhari, Executive Director

Mamatoto Village is devoted to creating career pathways for Womxn of Color in the field of public health and human services; and providing accessible perinatal support services designed to empower womxn with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives.

Praxis Partner
Yasmine Arrington, Executive Director

ScholarCHIPS provides college scholarships, mentoring, and a support network to children of incarcerated parents, inspiring them to complete their college education.

Shout Mouse Press
Praxis Partner
Kathy Crutcher, Executive Director

Shout Mouse Press (SMP) is a writing and publishing program dedicated to amplifying underheard voices. Through writing workshops that lead to professional publication, SMP coaches young people from marginalized communities to tell their own stories in their own voices and, as published authors, to act as leaders and agents of change.

Soul Trak Outdoors
Pathways Partner
Tyrhee Moore, Executive Director

Soul Trak Outdoors cultivates outdoor stewards within communities of color through multi-generational programming in nature. Their  work is aimed to benefit black and brown communities in the greater Washington DC area, while specifically highlighting natural spaces located in wards 7 & 8.

Starting with Today
Pathways Partner
Charlyn Anderson, Executive Director

Starting With Today’s mission is to create, sustain, and enhance the career, mental, and financial wellness of underserved adults by providing customized training and local resources.

Swaliga Foundation
Praxis Partner
Lemond Brown, Executive Director

The Swaliga Foundation’s mission is to cultivate learning globally and inspire young people to connect their passions to successful careers.