Some Of The Fun We Have
Each group of kids we take on is different from the last, and as such we are always open to modifying the programs or classes we offer. Below are the activities we constantly offer due to their interest and effectiveness.
A survey by the American Association of School Administrators found that over 50% of schools eliminated planned field trips. Schools are no longer exposing children to community experiences; we seek to rectify that.
DC Lunch Program
When school is out, the meals served as a part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available to all students, and due to families’ limited budgets, or other circumstances
PPE Protection Program
The goal of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program is to ensure that all members of the community have access to effective equipment. Including but not limited to mask, hand sanitizer, cleaning pads, etc. This is accomplished mainly through fundraising, if you would like to donate please reach out.
An important part of growing up is learning how to feed yourself, both in budgeting for your meals as well as preparing food. In our class we cover a wide array of topics including which food groups are healthy and which are not and how to handle meat.
This program is currently partners with DC Office of Unemployment, DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services and Dc Department of Employment Services. We work individually with our participants to support skill development, including but not limited to communication, task management, and managing deadlines.
Summer Jobs Program
How you handle your homework reflects your grade on your quiz, which in turn effects your test scores. We handle the root of the education gap by ensuring children have retained what they learned in class.
In 2020, UOY engaged in various projects and programs to support the growth of our youth. We continue to foster our partnership with DCHA communities in Ward 1 and Ward 5. We promote and offer referral support to our youth in Ward 5 to participate in a drug-free coalition. One of our major accomplishments for several years has been our summer/winter programs, to include STEM, for youth ages 10-13. We encourage older youth to serve as mentors to the younger youth for STEM activities. We continue offering youth — three days a week — after school mentoring and tutoring services as well as summer arts and craft programs. We serviced more than 40 youth in the past three years covering field trips, gardening, “say no to drugs” workshops. We train, educate and provide continuous mentoring of youth about dangers drug and interpreting and understanding the language and meaning of words in hip hop. We explore “Sista to Sista” and “My Brother’s Keeper” workshops that offer life-skill workshops.
In Ledroit Park, UOY sponsored a hip-hop youth training of more than 50 youth to teach them about the music, and as sated above, understanding the messages delivered through the music. Each youth participant received $200 after completion of an eight-week program.
We also partnered with Hope Project, which is an information technology program, sponsored the DOES. We had 15 youths from Ward 1 and Ward 5, ages 18- 24, of which nine (9) complete the program and received their A+ certification.