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Practical educational and civic transformation.

“Students Learn From People They Love”: Joanna’s Reflections

Growing up I had severe ADHD and I would often find my name always on the red section on the behavior chart… However, in fourth grade, I had a great teacher, a teacher who didn’t believe I was a “bad” child.

Yuka’s Story “Everything you achieve comes from something you attempt”

If you knew me when I first studied abroad in Canada, you would be surprised that since I came back from Canada, I have studied abroad in Ireland for a year and now am in Washington DC, doing the internship. I studied abroad in Canada because I wanted to change myself. I was the kind…
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CivicFest 2018: Here comes the sun!

After several days of heavy rain and overcast weather, Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park came alive during CivicFest 2018!   Last Saturday, DCTMI was joined by over 30 nonprofits – from tutoring and mentoring organizations, to environmental advocates, to fitness groups. Throughout the day, attendees learned about the critical issues facing our community and the work…
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Let’s Get Civic

#letsgetcivic By Cassondra Meadows Lets get civic! It sounds great and catchy, but is it more than just a phrase to sling around? Absolutely. Being civic-minded means thinking about our city, Washington, D.C., first. In my experience, thinking “civic” means taking action on issues D.C. faces. Communities are made up of many people with different…
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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village By Rob Sanford “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” Coretta Scott King (2000)   I remember my dad playing catch with me when I was 7, and my mom walking me through multiplication tables when I was 10. I remember older…
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Leaping Over Hurdles to get Volunteers in Schools

Leaping Over Hurdles to Get Volunteers in Schools By Erika Heddesheimer   The expectations placed upon teachers in our current educational system are overwhelming, especially at schools where a majority of students are struggling with fundamentals. In D.C. specifically, two out of three kids are reading below grade level. During the 2016-2017 school year, only…
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(photo curtesy of Northstar Tutoring)

Northstar Tutoring

Living in a family with low income can be difficult for any child, especially if the child wants to be successful in school and in a career. There are many academic support programs for students in the DC area, but if the student comes from an underprivileged family the student won’t have the finances to…
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photo courtesy of Life Pieces to Masterpieces

Partner Feature: Life Pieces to Masterpieces

few years ago, Ben Lasso was looking for a job. He didn’t have a set vision for his future and didn’t see any real direction in his life. That is when he came across Life Pieces to Masterpieces, an art mentoring organization running out of Drew Elementary School in Capitol Heights. When he came in…
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Intern Gracie Brumsickle hands popsicle to child

Neighborhood Field Day is step forward for DCTMI

We had a pretty good turn out June 24th at our DCTMI Neighborhood Field Day at Meridian Hill Park. We gathered around 30 people to our event and signed up 10 volunteers to be tutors or mentors. We are thankful the rain cleared up in time for our event. The rain would have put a damper…
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The Power of Mentoring

The Power of Mentoring: From D.C.’s Dunbar High School to Georgetown’s Business School Emma Brown recently wrote an article in The Washington Post about a student who rose from poverty in DC to a successful graduate of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. When being interviewed about his success, he spoke of the impact that two…
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