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.
Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services’s YouthLink
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
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. 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)
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 by running a Hypothermia Outreach Team during the winter months when temperatures drop below freezing. CSJ’s Associate Director, Ray Shiu, serves as a Board Member of GMC.
One Common Unity (OCU)
One Common Unity (OCU) breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education. Founded in 2000 following a string of school shootings in Washington, D.C., OCU is a collaborative effort between educators, artists, and health practitioners dedicated to preventing violence and improving life outcomes for youth and families. Based in schools across D.C., OCU trains the next generation of leaders in social emotional literacy, arts expression, and conflict transformation and support them to create positive social change and healing in their communities.
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. CSJ hosts Georgetown’s Jumpstart program, which engages undergraduates to provide language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children.
Father McKenna Center
Father McKenna Center (FMC) fulfills it’s mission “to accompany and care for families struggling with poverty and men facing homelessness” through a Homeless Day program for men experiencing homelessness and Food Pantry for low income women, men and families who are residents of the District’s Ward 6. FMC attempts to pair meeting folk’s immediate needs with case management to help guest’s overcome obstacles and reclaim their human dignity. The CSJ partners with Georgetown’s Office of Campus Ministry to provide opportunities for students from a diversity of faith traditions to promote human dignity by volunteering and building relationships with FMC’s guests.