A Safe Place for Kids to Meet After School, on Saturdays, and Even in Summer

Development of a strategic plan to ensure effective programs and services for youth

    • March 18, 2002

In 1998–1999, the Children and Youth Investment Partnership, Washington, increased the scale, scope, and effectiveness of non-school-hour services for youth and children living in Washington.

The Children and Youth Investment Partnership is a coalition of public and private-sector representatives of the city's youth, parents, District of Columbia and federal agencies, public schools, civic groups, service providers, funders, colleges and universities, and community leaders. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for children in Washington.

The Research Forum at the National Center for Children in Poverty has issued a report on the partnership.

Its parent organization, D.C. Agenda Support Corporation, which was the grant recipient, was a city-sponsored organization that fosters consensus among public and private interests about strategies to overcome problems facing the District. It ceased operations in 2004. Information on children in the District of Columbia is now available online.

Key Results

Results of the project included:

  • D.C. Agenda Support Corporation established the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, a tax-exempt entity that will serve as the coordinating and administrative entity for the partnership and administer a Children and Youth Investment Fund, drawn from public and private sources, to finance a variety of youth development initiatives.
  • In April 1999, the partnership won a three-year, $4 million, U.S. Department Education grant, to be matched by $6 million from the District government, to create "21st Century Learning Centers." These centers would operate after-school, on Saturdays, and during the summer months in ten middle and junior high schools throughout the city.
  • The partnership formed an Alignment and Linkages Design Team, set up through an exchange with the Superintendent of D.C. Public Schools.
  • The partnership conducted a series of informational "Youth Development Forums" with coalition members on out-of-school-time programs.
  • In 1999, the partnership issued a report from the forum: A Summary Report of Neighborhood and City Wide Focus Groups on the Out-of-School Needs of the District's Children and Youth.
  • The partnership published a Catalog of Youth Services Directories.