Washington D.C. Community Partners

The Project D.C. class works on collaborative projects with several community-based organizations in Washington D.C. , serving disadvantaged communities through advocacy , direct service , organizing , or policy analysis . The descriptions below provide a brief introduction to three of the organizations with which we have had longstanding partnerships. Additional information about each organization and past student projects can be found by visiting the accompanying links.

Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide
(Affiliated with Stand Tall in Community Struggle)

Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide is a broad-based community-driven membership organization that seeks to eliminate oppression by education and action. Project South conducts popular political and economic education and action research for organizing and liberation. They also develop indigenous popular educators and movement leaders from grassroots and scholar-activist backgrounds, bringing them together on the basis of equality to engage in building a bottom-up movement for social and economic justice.

Council of Latino Agencies

The mission of the Council of Latino Agencies is to support and promote its members for the betterment of the community and to act as a voice of the Latino community in the District of Columbia . The Council of Latino Agencies' mission reflects its commitment to member agencies as direct beneficiaries and, through them, to the city's broader Latino community as indirect beneficiaries. Its role as a policy advocate and information clearinghouse on the Latino community makes the Council an effective bridge between grassroots organizations and policymakers. The Council seeks to fulfill its mission through two main program areas. The first is the Policy Research and Advocacy Program, which is responsible for conducting action research in health, education, housing, social welfare and cultural preservation. The second is the Membership Services Program, which seeks to build capacity and strengthen the collective impact of the Council's member agencies, in areas such as community leadership, fundraising, coalition building, and advocacy.

Perry School Community Services Center, Inc.

Perry School Community Services Center, Inc. was created in 1991 to address issues of chronic poverty in the North Capitol St. area of Washington , DC . The community raised over $5.6 million to convert the vacant and historic Perry School into the Perry School Community Services Center . Currently, the Perry Center serves approximately 20,000 people, 5,100 of whom are 19 and under. The Perry Center , through a collaborative, comprehensive and integrated approach to social services, economic empowerment and youth development, eradicates poverty, its causes and consequences, resulting in positive outcomes for youth.