FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2015
Youth-Serving Nonprofits Selected for Fair Chance Partnership
Program strengthens nonprofits filling critical community needs in DC's most underserved communities
Washington, DC - Eight enterprising youth-serving nonprofits that work in Washington, DC's most underserved communities have been selected to participate in an intensive, year-long program provided by Fair Chance to increase their organizational effectiveness. This program is highly selective and only offered to promising or growing nonprofits addressing the needs of young people in poverty. This year's participants - the Class of 2016 - provide services ranging from improving academic outcomes to teaching practical skills to making healthy choices and collectively serve over 4600 children and youth across DC.
“Far too many of DC children live in poverty and, as a result, will experience life-long challenges," said Gretchen Van der Veer, Executive Director of Fair Chance. "Neighborhood nonprofits fill a critical need and provide these children with essential services. At Fair Chance, we're proud to help these organizations improve their capacity to demonstrate results and be more sustainable so they, in turn, can help more kids. Congratulations to our Class of 2016. They have a challenging year ahead of them, but one we know will result in positive outcomes for them - and they children they serve."
Fair Chance annually selects up to ten nonprofits and provides them with free capacity building, coaching, and assistance in organizational management - up to 500 hours per nonprofit. At the end of their "partnership" year, organizations on average increase their fundraising, the number of children they serve, and 90% report an increase in ability to measure and report on outcomes.
Weekly sessions with Fair Chance's full-time organization development specialists focus holistically across competencies such as financial management, program evaluation, strategic planning, and board and leadership development, among others. Since 2002, Fair Chance has partnered with more than 90 nonprofit organizations, serving a combined 80,000 children.
The nonprofits selected to join Fair Chance's Class of 2016 include:
Common Good City Farm: Common Good City Farm's mission is to grow food, educate, and help low-income DC community members meet their food needs. The programs provide hands-on training in food production, healthy eating and environmental sustainability, and youth employment.
DC Youth Orchestra: Founded in 1960, the DC Youth Orchestra Program seeks to make high quality music education available to all students, regardless of socioeconomic status or ability.
The Grassroot Project: The mission of The Grassroot Project is to use sports to educate at-risk youth in the community about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
Groundwork Anacostia River DC: Our mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration and improvement of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being, and youth mentorship.
One Common Unity: OCU's mission is to improve life outcomes for vulnerable youth in Washington, D.C. through social-emotional learning curricula, creative arts programming and wilderness immersion.
Wise Young Builders: WYB's mission is to help under-served youth learn practical skills through hands on workshops and small group math focused instruction during out of school time. WYB fosters social responsibility and character building by encouraging civic engagement, academic achievement, and work ethic.
Young Playwrights' Theater: YPT inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices. By teaching students to express themselves through the art of playwriting, YPT develops students' language skills, and empowers them with the creativity, confidence and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.
Youth Leadership Foundation: We build character and support the pursuit of academic excellence enabling youth in the DC-MD-VA area to enhance the trajectory of their lives. Our Saturday, summer and after-school programs emphasize mentoring and parental involvement.
"What we got out of this experience was really about strengthening this organization for the long term," said Nakeisha Neal Jones, Executive Director of Pubic Allies Washington DC, a member of the Fair Chance Class of 2015. "Our Board has doubled in size and we've raised more money than ever before. We're going to meet all the goals we set out as a result of our partnership."
Fair Chance improves the lives of children in Washington, DC's most underserved communities by selecting promising youth-serving nonprofits and providing them with free comprehensive expertise in organizational management for up to two years. Our capacity building consulting services - up to 500 hours per nonprofit - result in stronger organizations and significant and lasting benefits for the children they serve. Since 2002, Fair Chance has partnered with more than 90 nonprofit organizations, serving a combined 80,000 children. More information can be found at www.FairChanceDC.org.