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Soul of the City Launches in Congress Heights, Teaching 50 Students Civic Leadership

July 4, 2014

Soul of the City LogoThe Humanities Council is pleased to launch two Soul of the City programs this summer. Collectively, both programs will serve 50 D.C. Youth. Soul of the City is our signature youth leadership development program presented in partnership with the Summer Youth Employment Program. Each Soul of the City participant will: 

  • Gain a new understanding of DC and their role in the city
  • Learn about DC’s local, national, and international dimensions
  • Gain practical skills in public humanities, technology, and new media
  • Learn how to be leaders and work as part of a team
Our first Soul of the City began on Monday at the G8WAY pavilion and is being led by culture curator and instructor, Izetta Autumn Mobley. The 25 youth participants will spend their summer learning how to conduct a community history project and they will produce an oral history project and walking tour of Congress Heights.
The second Soul of the City, housed at the D.C. Department of Human Services, will begin next Tuesday, July 8th. At this site, student participants are being led by author and scholar, Natalie Hopkinson. The youth employees will learn about Marvin Gaye’s seminal 1971 album What’s Going On, using it as a lens to ask the same question about the society they live in today. At the end of the program, students will create and record an original  2014 remix to the song.

Both Soul of the City programs will culminate in public presentations of their final projects at the 2014 Humanities, Arts & Technology festival in August.