Our Programs

The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) has been focused on promoting cradle-to-career education and professional and personal development for residents in some of Washington, DC’s most distressed communities for over five years. DCPNI and its partners have the shared goal of ending poverty for children, families, and neighborhoods. DCPNI supports community members through various programming aimed at assisting them with improving their quality of life and inspiring positive change in their communities.

Since its inception, Promise has seen some excellent victories:

  • Increased early learning slots;
  • Decreased chronic absenteeism;
  • Increased food access; and
  • Increased the percentage of children, ages 0-5 that have access to a medical home.

In 2018 and beyond, DCPNI will still serve the Kenilworth-Parkside community and has expanded service offerings to serve additional distressed communities.  Here brief preview of our key programming:

Racial Equity Anti-Poverty Platform (REAP™)


REAP™ Partner Expectations

DCPNI’s REAPPlatform puts community at the center of locally-driven solutions with partners aligning efforts and sharing data to continuously improve. The goal of REAP™ is to facilitate a community of practice that expands networks, leverages resources, and shares insights to accelerate impact for marginalized communities. Expectations for REAP™ partners are rooted in our organizational values. These expectations aim to create a shared philosophy and practice of interdependence, learning, and persistence.  Partners will work together to set goals and metrics around shared values.  They will convene, once a quarter to share goals, challenges and to explore solutions.

REAP™ Partner Benefits

  • Established framework for place-conscious engagement
  • Expanded professional/community networks
  • Enhanced opportunities to leverage resources
  • Shared learning for accelerated insight and action

To learn more about bringing REAP™ to your community or to learn about becoming a REAP™ partner, please contact info@dcpni.org.

Promise Equity Fellowship

Established to enhance leadership skills of Resident Council Leaders while also strengthening their support systems, The Promise Equity Fellowship will build capacity in areas where it is needed the most.  This 12-month program is directly tied to our Capacity Building Supports approach in the REAP™ platform.

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Global Promise Institute

DCPNI’s practice and research arm which implements REAP™ platform projects and services in communities around the world. Services focus on building the capacity of partners and providing turnaround support for distressed indigenous non-profit organizations.  Through its diversified fee-for service model, GPI also supports the financial sustainability of DCPNI.

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Communities Thrive Approach (Community Supports)

An array of services focusing on members of specific community demographics and their needs; such as leadership and career development of a community’s men and its single mothers; nature exposure and education for youths and families; workforce readiness for residents seeking employment; and community-building convenings for elders.

Cradle to Career Approach (Education Supports)

An array of direct services around infant, child, and youth development, with a focus on education. Participants encompass the full spectrum of learning: from expectant parents to parents of infants and toddlers; from pre-schoolers to young adults seeking education and career advancement opportunities.

Promise Equity Fellows Approach (Capacity-Building Supports)

Sites for human development that bring indigenous leaders and organizations together with public and private partners to seed and grow locally-driven solutions to multiple drivers of poverty. Indigenous leaders and community organizations are identified and their capacity to effect change on a sustainable basis is built through trainings, leadership development, data and evaluation services, etc.

REAP Program Partners