Message from the Executive Director
Great Line-Up for 2016!
Following a terrific 2015, Fair Chance is excited about all the things on the horizon for 2016! We are in the process of reviewing applications and selecting our cohort of new nonprofit partners and look forward to making that announcement later this spring. As for events, we have an Open House scheduled for March 2 and for you spinners out there, we will be back at SoulCycle this March for a Fair Chance benefit class. Our annual Graduation and Celebration is going to be the evening of Monday, April 11 at Studio Theatre. We also have a great line-up of workshops and other alumni network gatherings; please see the end of this newsletter for the first Executive Director Learning Community of 2016, in conjunction with DC Alliance of Youth Advocates.
We are pleased to announce that we started 2016 by officially launching our partnership with
The Boston Consulting Group
(BCG) on January 15. This partnership is a unique pro-bono opportunity exclusive to Fair Chance alumni and involves two teams of two top consultants paired with two competitively selected Fair Chance alumni organizations. During last week's Orientation program, participating BCG consultants met with selected alumni Executive Directors -- R. Daniel Okonkwo of
DC Lawyers for Youth
(Class of 2013) and Eloise Russo of
(Class of 2014) for the first time. Each will receive 1-2 hours of consulting/coaching support per week for one full year as well as consulting on specific mini-projects designed to collectively advance the strategic work and/or growth of the organization. We are excited to offer this opportunity for Fair Chance alumni and want to thank Brad Loftus, Nick Goad, and Cindy Yu for your leadership of this effort on behalf of BCG, as well as participating consultants Claudia Newman-Martin, Sam Christophersen, Raamin Mostaghimi, and Kutay Muslu.
For more information about The Boston Consulting Group Fellows Program, please contact Reginald Grant, Capacity Building Specialist and Network Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gretchen Van der Veer, PhD
What's New With Fair Chance
Successful Pilot of New "Pathways" Program with Inner City Inner Child
|ICIC Associate Director, Chalis Waizenegger and Executive Director, Ingrid Zimmer
The Pathways Program has been designed for smaller community-based organizations who might not yet be ready for a full partnership. The program focuses on two to four areas of organizational competency derived from Fair Chance's traditional capacity building program: leadership development, program evaluation, board development, and fundraising. The engagement takes place weekly at up to six hours a week and over a period of six months. We are happy to announce the successful completion of our pilot Pathways Program partnership with Inner City Inner Child (ICIC).
In her pilot evaluation, Ingid Zimmer, Executive Director of ICIC, wrote,
"though this six month partnership was meant to only cover evaluation and financial areas -- leadership and board development were also strengthened through our engagement with Fair Chance. As a result of our work together, I am a stronger, more focused leader. My board is re-invigorated and possesses a new sense of purpose around ICIC's mission."
We are proud of ICIC's accomplishments as an organization and are excited to take incorporate our findings from this pilot into future Pathways Program engagements. We want to thank the Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation and Nancie Suzuki and Tom DiGenno for their generous support of this effort.
Chess Challenge in DC
students at Stuart Hobson Middle School participated in an event titled, "Night at the Empire Awards," hosted by After School All Stars on December 16. Students demonstrated chess knowledge gained over the semester by rapping and singing original work about individual chess pieces.
Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
held an "
On The Same Page": Write Lunch
" at Senator Cory Booker's office -
the first program shared with the staff of a US Senator.
Similar to Free Mind's "On The Same Page: Write Nights," the lunch provided a
for the Senator's staff to hear personal stories and poetry from formerly incarcerated youth and write comments on poems from currently incarcerated members.
After Thanksgiving, Family Matters Empowerment Center put out a call requesting donations for "Blessing Bags" - gallon sized bags containing toiletries, warm socks, non- perishable treats, hand warmers and other items that would help homeless people get through the winter months. Two teachers at Gwynn Park High School answered the call by leading efforts at their school to collect 40 blessings bags from parents and students. Additionally, elementary-aged youth at Park Forest Community Center added gloves, hats, socks, and notes of encouragement. The bags were distributed by Sisters 4 Sisters to homeless men and women who attended a Christmas breakfast at Central Union Mission on Christmas Day.
will be the recipient of
at TD Bank. On Friday, February 5
at the Connecticut & S St. NW branch,
ll change that is counted and donations made during business hours will be matched by TD Bank (up to $2000).
As one of only two organizations selected to participate in
DC Public Schools' cornerstone initiative
this year, One World Education's One World Program will reach every 10
grade student attending DC public schools.
Additionally, 25 high school seniors participated in our Senior Challenge Academy where they presented their arguments in front of a panel of judges and 75-80 community members at the annual
College and Career Senior Challenge. Fourteen
students won scholarships, totaling in $12,000. At all grade levels, students are putting the finishing touches on their essays in hopes that their teachers will nominate them to be One World Student Ambassadors, which provides them a unique opportunity to publish their writing online
and contribute to the One World Program's future curriculum.
The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness recently recognized
Project Create DC
for its dynamic and impactful work with children in
to nourish their minds, creativity and curiosity. Project Create was
nominated for the national "Beyond Housing" Award by Maggie Riden, Executive Director of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates. Christie Walser, Project Create's Executive Director, along with Ms. Riden, accept the award at the ICPH conference in New York City on February 14.
is launching their "Girls Who Code" Club. The pilot will launch in SE, Washington DC with Friendship Tech HS. Technology Playground is excited to be sharing this opportunity to encourage more girls to get into the IT field and possibly show them how they can begin to develop their own enterprise with those skills.
What We're Reading
The Handbook of Youth Mentoring
by David L. DuBois and Michael J. Karcher
ides an overall synthesis latest research and methods in youth mentoring, and
provides practical recommendations.
Mark Your Calendar
Free Minds Book Club
Let us treat you to breakfast and give you a deeper insight into our work.
Greater Washington Urban League
Executive Director Learning Community
10-12PM | 1225 L St, NW #605
Co-hosted by DC Alliance for Youth Advocates. Details coming soon.
Fair Chance Graduation and Celebration
1501 14th St, NW
One World Education
The Boston Consulting Group
For our continued partnership.
District of Learning
For inviting Fair Chance to participate in the LRNG East Coast Summit in Philadelphia.