826DC is a nonprofit dedicated to working with students ages 6-18 in developing their creative and expository writing skills, and to working with teachers to inspire their students to write. We believe that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
American Graduate DC has partnered with a number of local organizations aimed at enriching the lives of children and teens at risk. Learn more about our partner organizations below and visit our How to Volunteer to find out how to get involved.
The mission of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (CFNCR) is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. CFNCR was founded in 1973 by a group of visionary leaders committed to bettering the Washington metropolitan area through philanthropy. One of the core community programs, the Collaborative for Education Organizing, advances the goal of dramatically increasing opportunities for low-income children, youth, and adults to contribute to and benefit from our region's prosperity. Working with the District of Columbia Public School Systems and District of Columbia Charter School students, the goal is to double the college-ready graduation rate.
The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation is the primary resource for developing partnerships that expand and improve services and opportunities for children and youth in the District of Columbia, especially during their time out of school. The partnerships include public schools, city agencies, and employers, including non-profit providers. Since its inception in 1999, the Trust has provided grants, technical assistance, youth worker training, capacity building, learning opportunities, convenings, and policy support in the District.
College Success Foundation-District of Columbia (CSF-DC) is a nonprofit that opened its doors in 2007 to serve low-income students and students of color in Wards 7 and 8 in our nation's capital. CSF-DC is a subsidiary of the College Success Foundation. With a significant grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it assists students in six high schools by providing scholarships, support and mentoring to help them earn a college degree. In addition to operating its scholarship and support programs, CSFDC oversees the Double the Numbers initiative in the District of Columbia.
Comprised of 45,000 students, 4,000 teachers, and thousands of other staff members and volunteers, District of Columbia Public Schools seeks to make D.C. the highest performing urban school district in the nation, and to once and for all close the achievement gap that separates low-income students and students of color from their higher-income and white peers.
The Double the Numbers (DTN) Coalition represents an unprecedented commitment by community leaders to ensure that many more DC students succeed in college. Specifically, starting with students who entered 9th grade in September 2006, DTN hopes to double the numbers of 9th graders who finish high school within five years, enroll in college, and graduate from college in a timely fashion; currently, only 9 percent of DC's students do so, less than half the national average.
Note: Funding for the DTN Coalition ended in July 2012. DTN's work will continue, through the College and Credential Completion Network (C3N) led by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
With 22 years of experience, HandsOn Greater DC Cares is the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the DC Metro area. HandsOn Greater DC Cares mobilizes volunteers and strengthens nonprofits to better impact communities and the key issues in the DC Metro region. HandsOn Greater DC Cares works with a network of more than 860 nonprofits, 43,000 volunteers, and a host of corporate and foundation partners to positively impact the region.
Using the standards and resources of the PBS NewsHour, NewsHour Extra provides students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events. The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, a project of NewsHour Extra, connects high school students to local PBS stations and news professionals in their community to produce original, student-generated news video reports. The young people who participate in the project learn how to report, problem-solve, synthesize information and investigate important topics: journalism as a form of learning. The project has two sites in D.C., Radio Rootz and School Without Walls.
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants.
The StoryCorpsU College Readiness Curriculum is an interactive, standards-based college-readiness program. StoryCorpsU uses StoryCorps content and interviewing techniques to enhance students’ skills in the areas of speaking, listening, writing, and critical thinking, while also fostering their self-awareness and social awareness. In school year 2011-2012, StoryCorpsU’s College Readiness Curriculum was implemented in 20 classrooms through partnerships in New York, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. Looking forward, StoryCorpsU hopes to expand its reach to more schools and students across the country.
Other Organizations Engaged with American Graduate DC
Academy of Hope
All-America City Grade Level Reading Award Network
Anacostia High School
Ballou High School
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
College and Career Connections
Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative
Communities In Schools Nation's Capital
DC Alliance of Youth Advocates
DC Center for Global Education and Leadership
DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative
Eastern High School
Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University
Howard University Schools of Communications, Social Work, and Education
Latino Student Fund
Making A New United People (M.A.N.U.P.)
Metropolitan Police Department Youth Advisory Council
National Black Programming Consortium
National Writing Project
Office of the Chief Academic Officer of D.C. Public Schools
Omega Psi Phi "Project Aspirations" Mentoring Program
Paul Public Charter School
Public Media Corps
Washington Metropolitan High School
Youth Build Charter School