Last week we held a social media love fest for all the incredible impact of our amazing grantees. We are sharing  these amazing stories of people making a difference right here in DC. Read on, share on and serve on!

971733_510769779001936_1204598219_nYou can’t under-resource, under-educate, over-police, over-incarcerate people for generations and then say that tech is going to save the day for the members of society we’ve left behind.”

Meet Chris Bradshaw, Founder and CEO of Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. -one of our incredible innovators we love to highlight because he just gets it. Creating socially just communities and economies is the greatest challenge our cities face. Chris has turned the abundance of communities living in food deserts in DC into an opportunity to serve and inspire community revitalization. We are so thrilled Chris stepped out to make a difference, to serve more than 40,000 people in the District, and that we had a small role in his journey to make big change in DC. Posted by DC Social Innovation Project on Saturday, February 20, 2016

Capture2Here’s one case of mistaken identity we love: Earlier this year, the teens conducting community health clinics in the Young Doctors DC program were mistaken for medical students. These young men of color are at the cutting edge of a movement to develop new pathways out of poverty by mentoring and training the next generation of doctors in DC.

This venture was incubated after being selected in our Bright Ideas Challenge competition. It is now a nationally recognized program has been heralded by the Association of American Medical Colleges as a promising approach to increase the number of black of the medical profession. Posted by DC Social Innovation Project on Friday, February 19, 2016

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TBT: We love Press Pass Mentors and their 100% success rate. They are now on their 5th class of students to pair journalists with low-income students to build a solid bridge to college through mentoring, scholarships, and writing. Check out their note to us last year about how amazing our support has been to invest in them at the onset. Posted by DC Social Innovation Project on Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cesar Chavez Public Charter School Student participates in The Paper Project

Cesar Chavez Public Charter School Student participates in The Paper Project

If you can write it, you can change it. So inspired by our grantee The Paper Project–founded by Woodrow Wilson High School students to bring the power of journalism to low-income students.

Our probono team helped this student venture face the demands of future growth and expansion. As a result they have reduced operating costs by 50% and developed a governance plan to provide continuity in leadership. “We feel like a real organization now. DCSIP has made a huge difference to us,” says student leader Zach Essig.

love letter-WYBWe were proud to help incubate the expansion of Wise Young Builders summer academy this summer. This incredible program uses carpentry to make math come alive to young boys of color. Due to our support, the deep immersive learning experiences made possible through the program’s expansion had a big impact–math scores of participating kids jumped 85 PERCENT. Posted by DC Social Innovation Project on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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We Love This. Food For Life DC is a Christian-rooted social enterprise venture we incubated several years ago. Founded by community genius, Marisa Stubbs, this for-purpose business focuses on providing career-readiness to disconnected youth through the culinary arts.

“Starting from scratch is hard work. Throughout all of the struggles and setbacks in launching a new organization, Food For Life is still here. And I’m close to saying that we’re thriving,” says Marisa.

We couldn’t be prouder. The program was featured in this Fall’s Philanthropy Roundtable and has a 70% job placement success rate. Posted by DC Social Innovation Project on Monday, February 15, 2016