Congratulations to our Soul of the City Class of 2017!

HumanitiesDC collaborated with the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program bringing 14-15 year olds from Ward 8 into our Soul of the City youth leadership program, which focuses on:

1) Place-based learning to build community engagement and civic pride

2) Humanities-based learning to help youth build an understanding of the world around them

3) Workforce development to help them build the soft-skills necessary for employment

4) Experiential learning: Consider this a humanities-based internship for young Washingtonians!

Special thanks to Ballou High School, Councilmember Trayon White, and Double R Productions!

Beyond our own successful Soul of the City program, we collaborate with local organizations to implement our curriculum. This year, we worked with:

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Atlas uses the storytelling in the performing arts to make connections, build trust, and strengthen the bonds of community. This year, they had 55 young people from all eight wards of DC participated in their City @ Peace program – sharing their experiences and learning to tell their common story. Together, they received training in all aspects of theatre production—from acting and staging to lighting and effects—and created a performance to about what they learned. City @ Peace earned the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program Award for their exemplary work.

Critical Exposure

Critical Exposure uses photography, storytelling, and advocacy to train youth to make real change in their schools and in their communities. Their Summer Youth Facilitator program empowers experienced youth leaders to take their skills to the next level as they partner with local service nonprofits, learn how to engage with new audiences and about critical issues facing their community. Together, they take action. This year’s priority, selected by the participants themselves, was incorporating financial literacy education into DC public high schools.

Peace Thru Culture

The PtC Corps exposed young people to a wide range of topics like community organizing, activism, and global cultures. By learning about the art, music, dance, and culinary traditions of cultures around the world, students developed a deeper understanding of other cultures, and of themselves. Combined with the training to make change in their communities, students received a powerful and engaging education in how to interact with others and build a more peaceful and vibrant world.