The Center for Social Justice relies on the knowledge and expertise of a diverse network of dozens of partners within and beyond Washington, DC. CSJ works with these partners on direct service programming and research collaboration. Below is a list of a few representative partners with whom CSJ collaborates to fulfill its mission of social justice research, teaching and service.
The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) is one of 57 Promise Neighborhoods across the United States selected by the Department of Education to develop a cradle to career pipeline for children to ensure that they obtain a quality education, graduate from college or a vocational school, and grow up to have successful careers and communities. CSJ collaborates with DCPNI on social justice programming and engagement in the Kenilworth and Parkside neighborhoods of Northeast Washington, DC. DCPNI is a vital partner in CSJ programs, such as Fall Community Service Day, DC Reads and the MLK Day of Service.
DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services's YouthLink provides community-based services to DYRS youth in the community and at DYRS's Achivement Centers. CSJ collaborates with DYRS in serving youth with a hollistic, family-engaged approach to tutoring services and academic support.
DC Public Schools is a frequent partner of CSJ, specifically programs committed to tutoring and education advocacy. DC Reads, DC Schools Project, the Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning and multiple student organizations tutor and mentor in DC Public Schools throughout Wards 2, 4 and 7. The current DCPS Chancellor, Kaya Henderson, is a two-time Georgetown alumna (SFS ’92, EML ’07) and teaches in the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. In spring 2016, DC YouthLink Program Manager, Ms. Natalie Giliard, received a "Community Partner Spotlight” award at CSJ’s annual celebration of service.
Georgetown Ministry Center (GMC) is dedicated to: guiding homeless individuals towards stability and housing through street outreach; providing a safe and welcoming environment where everyone is treated with respect; and educating the community about homelessness. CSJ supports GMC’s vital work through collaborating on the Help the Homeless walk. CSJ’s Associate Director, Ray Shiu, serves as a Board Member of GMC.
The Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is a non-profit organization based in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For over 45 years, it has provided community based programs including comprehensive services to youth in the areas of education, workforce development, social services, community wellness, and recreation. The mission of LAYC is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs. CSJ’s DC Schools Project program collaborates with LAYC on the After School Tutoring Program and Saturday Parents Program. LAYC is also a partner in CSJ’s College Access Mentorship Program. In 2013, LAYC was the “Community Partner Spotlight” at CSJ’s annual celebration of service. In his remarks upon receiving that award, Barlow Flores, LAYC’s Extended Learning Program Director, said: “I make this point because a simple examination of both organizations’ mission statements clearly shows that we are like minded in our purpose and those that we choose to serve. I believe that is why the partnership has been so natural this past year and has the potential to grow tremendously in the years to come.”
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