It’s almost Valentine’s Day and we love our Innovation Family here at DC Social Innovation Project. We can’t imagine more amazing people on the planet than these wonderful folks who are helping to empower DC communities to see themselves and their future through a new lens of hope and agency. For this holiday weekend, some people like chocolate, but we prefer creativity.

Grantee, Press Pass Mentors visits the White House

Grantee, Press Pass Mentors visits the White House

In big doses! And we really love when hope, creativity, AND the White House happen in one place.

We want to say thank you for supporting us, believing in the power of our grantees and share with you a “love letter” that just has us swooning from our former grantee, Press Pass Mentors. Since we first met them, they have come a long way right up to the White House.

Read on and share the love by sending this note to someone you want to bowl over this Valentine’s Day.

Dear Darius,

Great to see the continued success you are having at DCSIP. Eli and I will forever be grateful to you and the team at DCSIP for your early support for Press Pass Mentors and I wanted to send you a brief update on our progress.

Last month, we welcomed our fourth class of high school students, our largest group yet. We also added two program directors, former mentors Rick Maese and Robert Samuels, who are volunteering to help us reach more students than ever before. We now have 18 high school students currently enrolled in Press Pass, most of who are working to become the first in their families to attend college. And 13 alumni on college campuses around the country.

In addition to getting bigger, our program is also getting better. Our last student event was a private tour of the White House led by the president’s speechwriters. Our mentors are more prepared than ever. One hundred percent of our graduates have been accepted to college. We are working to launch partnerships with universities.

Building this program has been difficult, rewarding work. Eli and I had no experience in non-profits when we started four years ago. We didn’t know quite how this would fit in our lives or where it would go. You have helped ensure the program’s success. Each year at this time, you make Press Pass feel like a community venture. In every way, we are fueled by your support.


Louis and Eli