Our Partners

DCPNI accomplishes its work through partnerships with high quality program and service providers that yield innovative social solutions through reciprocal relationships, shared vision, collective action and joint accountability. We connect a diverse set of organizations with each other to optimize the provision of supports and resources that deliver innovative solutions to identified developmental needs in the community. We support our partners to build capacity in the areas of community engagement, sustainability and program evaluation. Most importantly, we encourage our partners “leave the learning” in the community, to strengthen community leaders to carry on with the work the partners have started.
Partners Contact:
Kevin Jones
Chief of Programs | 202.740.2732 | Kevin.Jones@dcpni.org


In‐School Education Partners

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  • AARP Experience Corps DC
  • Chess Challenge
  • City Year Washington, DC
  • College Success Foundation
  • Higher Achievement
  • Jumpstart
  • Mentor Foundation USA
  • The Literacy Lab

AARP delivers one‐to‐one tutoring, small group tutoring, and/or classroom assistance that builds literacy skills for K – third grade students identified as in need of intervention by their classroom teacher.

Location of services: Neval Thomas ES

Population served: Grades 4‐5

Type of programming: Academic Support ‐ ELA and Math

Chess Challenge in DC seeks to promote the academic, social, and leadership development of under‐served youth in the District of Columbia. Using the game of chess, children learn to think strategically; develop self‐discipline and positive social skills; and increase their self worth.

Location of services: Cesar Chavez Parkside (MS)

Population served: Grades 7 ‐ 11

Type of programming: Cross‐Cultural Enrichment

City Year is an education‐focused non‐profit organization that unites young people, ages 17‐24, from all backgrounds for a year of full‐time service. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these young leaders‐‐ called corps members‐‐work with public schools to keep students in school and on track to graduate.

Location of services: Neval Thomas ES, Cesar Chavez Parkside (MS)

Population served: Grades K‐5, Grades 6-8

Type of programming: Whole School Support

College Success Foundation advisors and mentors help high school students to navigate the “system” through academic advising/enrichment, mentoring, college/career planning, college visits and financial aid planning.

Location of services: Cesar Chavez Parkside (HS)

Population served: Grades 9‐12

Type of programming: College and Career Access

Higher Achievement provides a rigorous year‐round learning environment. Scholars are supported through intense, multiyear afterschool and summer programs, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations.

Location of services: Cesar Chavez Parkside (MS)

Population served: Grades 6‐8

Type of programming: Academic Support ‐ ELA and Math

Jumpstart helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late.

Location of services: Neval Thomas ES, Cesar Chavez Parkside (MS)

Population served: PS/PK

Type of programming: Academic Support ‐ ELA

Mentor Foundation USA is a substance‐abuse prevention organization that uses mentoring as a tool to support, encourage and expose youth to opportunities that assist them in reaching their ultimate goals while living positive and healthy lives.

Location of services: Cesar Chavez Parkside (HS)

Population served: Grades 9‐10

Type of programming: Mentoring Program

The Literacy Lab provides low‐income children with individualized reading instruction leading to increased academic success and greater opportunities in life.

Location of services: Neval Thomas ES, Cesar Chavez Parkside (MS)

Population served: Grades PK ‐ 3

Type of programming: Academic Support ‐ ELA

Community Based Out of School Time Partners

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  • Capitol Educational Support, Inc.
  • Chase Your Dreams Academy
  • Dance Vision
  • Higher Hopes Inc.
  • Kids Kitchen Inc.
  • Red Sprinkle, Inc.
  • Technology and Gaming (T.A.G.), Inc.

Capitol Educational Support, Inc’s Project Achieve provides one to one and small group (1:5) tutoring, test taking strategies, academic remediation and homework assistance for general education and special needs students in grades K‐12.

Location of services: Kenilworth Courts, Mayfair, and Paradise Community Centers

Population served: Grades K‐12

Type of programming: Academic Support ‐ ELA and Math

Chase Your Dreams Academy (C.Y.D.A) provides a basketball program geared towards improving overall physical fitness, develop sportsmanship and athletic integrity, and gain a basic understanding of the game of basketball.

Location of services: KPRMC, Kenilworth Courts and Mayfair Community Centers

Population served: Grades 3‐6

Type of programming: Health/Fitness and Character Programming

Dance Visions of Art uses dance instruction specifically designed to introduce character building, confidence, coordination, team building, storage processing, health fitness, competitive and analytic thinking skills.

Location of services: Mayfair Community Center

Population served: Grades K‐12

Type of programming: Cross‐Cultural Enrichment

Higher Hopes mission is to design, build, provide and publicize creative platforms and bridges leading to higher Resilience, Positive Motivation (RPM’s) and Transformative outcomes. Higher Hopes uses Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Positive Recreation and Transformative Life Coaching as foundational mediums for positive youth engagement and development.

Location of services: Kenilworth Courts Community Center

Population served: Grades 3‐6

Type of programming: Cross‐Cultural Enrichment

The Kids Kitchen utilizes innovative and creative educational programs, technology, and hands‐on experiences to teach children and their families how to develop a healthy eating behavior and lifestyle.

Location of services: Kenilworth Courts Community Center

Population served: Grades 3‐6

Type of programming: Health/Fitness and Nutrition

Red Sprinkle Fashion Bootcamp provides hands‐on training in fashion styling and design, makeup and hair artistry, nail and jewelry design, fashion blogging, modeling, and photography, while also exposing participants to careers in the fashion and entertainment industries.

Location of services: KPRMC Community Center

Population served: Grades 6 ‐ 10

Type of programming: Cross‐Cultural Enrichment

T.A.G. Inc. provides an innovative learning experience through the inclusion of technological instruction, workshops, discussion and hands‐on exercise designed to empower and build the next generation of productive innovators.

Location of services: Paradise Community Center

Population served: Grades 6 ‐ 10

Type of programming: STEM Based Education and Enrichment