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Community Youth and Adult Programs

While we work to improve the well-being and life of our residents in the community, we also strive to be a trusted and responsible members of the communities in which we work and live. We do this by going beyond the business of safety and development initiatives to give back to our communities through community programs to assist youths, young adults and adults alike. We help to foster forward-thinking, community-based approaches to create opportunities for those in need in communities throughout the southwest and near-southeast neighborhood.

Community Programs administers programs designed to develop essential programs for public use in urban areas that include schools, libraries, community centers, and public facilities.

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Youth Programs

From Haiku to Hip Hop: Creative Writing Workshop -- Southwest Library
900 Wesley Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024


Wednesdays -- 6:30 pm Ages 12 - 19

Express yourself through poetry, story, memoir and more. For more information, contact Kelly Navies.

Girls On The Run
King Greenleaf Recreation Center
201 N Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade.  Their mission is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Girls on the Run® combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) event with healthy living education. They use exercise, positive reinforcement, and encouraging role models to help girls discover the confidence they need in the critical pre-teen years and beyond.

Site Liaison: Brooke Grant

Heads Up Summer of Learning 2010
Amidon Elementary School
401 I Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

The Heads Up Summer of Learning (SOL) is an academic enrichment program for students in grades K through 8 located in various schools or facilities. The program focuses on literacy and community building through literature circles, arts enrichment, and service learning projects. The Summer of Learning offers a daily snack, field trips, and extracurricular activities such as dance, art, theater, and sports.

For more information, contact:
Wendy-Ann Dixon
25 E Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20001

I'm Bored

Parents' phone, "I'm Bored" for help in finding a program -- Through various partnerships around the city, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will provide opportunities for the District’s school-aged youth to enjoy an educational, fun-filled and safer summer. Additionally, the MPD will operate a summer hotline to help parents find summer options for their loved ones.

If your child or teen is bored this summer, feel free to dial:

202-I'm-Bored or 202-462-6733

JumpStart Media Project
St. Augustine's Episcopal Church
600 M Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

The JumpStart Media Project was founded to teach teens between the ages of 15 - 18 in the Washington, DC area the art and craft of filmmaking. The JumpStart Media Project is a secular outreach effort of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church made possible through a grant of $30,000 which St. Augustine's received from the U.S. Dream Academy and the Justice Department. It is the church's response to the SW community's call for more outreach programs directed to older at-risk youth.

Contact: Michael Mack at or 202-549-4129

Kids Set Sail Summer Camp -- DC Sail
Gangplank Marina
600 Water Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Kids Set Sail offers beginner and intermediate courses for 7-14 year olds over the course of 8 one-week sessions throughout the summer. Each beginner student will learn basic small boat sailing and have the opportunity to become US Sailing Small Boat Level One certified. DC Sails provides participants with skills to be successful sailors and seeks to increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math concepts related to sailing.

Kids Set Sail summer camp reservations are open now; one-week sessions run June 21 - August 13. One-week sessions cost $350 and registration can be made online at or by phone at 202-547-1250.

King Greenleaf Recreation Center
201 N Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

  • Drop-in Camp at King Greenleaf Recreation Center run by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. no registration required, free of charge. Children ages 6 - 12 years old.
  • South Washington Collaborative Summer Program for 70 children ages 9 - 13 years old at no cost with the them - "It's Your World". To register, contact Idena Sanders, program assistant at 202-488-7997
  • Sports Teen Camp and Image Teen Camp; for 32 teens. For more information call 202-698-3493

Randall Recreation Center and Outdoor Pool
820 South Capitol Street, SW
(South Capitol and I Streets)
Washington, DC 20024
Pool: 202-727-1420

Summer hours for outdoor pool facitilies:

Opens weekends May 29; opens daily June 4

Swimming lessons/camp:

  • Learn-to-Swim, ages 6 - 17 years old (open to children and adults)
  • Swim Team, ages 6 - 17 years old
  • General Camp Swim time, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Public Swim time, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday/Sunday, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Southwest Library
900 Wesley Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024


  • Daily - Teen Programming with board games, arts & crafts, book talks and movies from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays - Story times for toddlers and young children from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Saturdays - "Make A Splash" program children 12 years old and up from at 1:30 pm


YATF Program
King Greenleaf Recreation Center
201 N Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Consisting of volunteers from the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly's Youth Activities Task Force (YATF) --

  • Arts and Crafts Class by Saadia Athias -- 8-week program from ages 8 - 11 years old; Fridays from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • supplies in the computer clssroom at King Greenleaf Recreation Center
  • sound equipment for SW youths to make their own movies (in conjunction with JumpStart Media Project)
  • sponsoring photography programs for youths ages 14-16 years old during the Fall and Spring
    For further details, contact: Thelma Jones at 202-488-3746
  • The Computer for Kids -- 5-weeks at 1-1/2 hours per week; Wednesdays beginning on July 7th. During the Fall and Spring, 8-weeks classes for 1 hour.
  • Safe Sitter
  • Cultural, recreational and field trips during the summer

    Youth Activities Task Force Contact:
    Saadia Athias, Chair

Young Adults and Adult Programs

Computer Tutorials -- Southwest Library
900 Wesley Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024


Thursdays -- 10:00 am Young Adults and Adults

Introduction to the personal computer, email basics and Micrsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. To register, visit the reference desk or call 202-724-4752.

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