ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
With our comprehensive out of school time programs, students build the skills they need to succeed.
Achievement Gaps Can Impact a Child’s Future
The academic achievement gap is the difference in academic performance between white students and students of color. In elementary school, it is typically measured by differences in test scores.
The impact of the academic achievement gap cannot be overstated. Students who don’t perform in elementary school struggle in middle school and are even further challenged by high school. Students who cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers.
Students in Our Community Need Our Help
We serve students from communities across Washington, DC, and the surrounding area who often face barriers to success. Unstable housing, underemployment, food insecurity, and a lack of access to transportation can make learning difficult. We provide a safe space for students enduring these challenges.
More than 95% of the students in our program identify as Black/African American. In 2018-19, African American students scored much lower on DC’s standardized tests than white students.
79% of white students scored proficient in math vs. 21% of African-American students
85% of white students scored proficient in reading vs. 28% of African-American students
This results in achievement gaps of 58% and 57% in math and reading, respectively.
Our mission is to prepare elementary and middle school youth for success in high school and life by improving their academic performance and life skills; and engaging them and their parents in intensive, multi-year, and research-based out-of-school time and parental engagement programs and activities.