The foundation of a skilled and talented workforce is education, beginning with the basic building blocks that literacy provides. But we must go beyond that. It is essential to ensure that our youth—the workforce and leaders of the future—are proficient in reading, math, science, and computer skills. The strength and security of our nation and our economy depends on it.
To that end, the MAHCC works with its education partners throughtout the Mid-Atlantic region and in the District of Columbia to develop and support programs that encourage our area's youth to obtain a high school diploma or GED and to continue their education either in colleges and universities or in trade schools.
District of Columbia
San Miguel School, 7705 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20012 • 202-232-8345 http://www.sanmigueldc.org/
San Miguel School of Washington was founded in 2002 by St. John's College High School and the Brothers of the Christian Schools as an independent, private, non-tuition-based middle school to exclusively educate Latino boys living at or near the poverty level. Currently, 85% of students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch. In 2009, the school moved from its original location in the heart of Columbia Heights to a larger facility in Shepherd Park. San Miguel currently enrolls 86 boys in grades 6 to 8 who reside in DC and the surrounding area. 200+ graduates receive counseling and support services to help them succeed in high school and in life beyond. San Miguel serves as a national model of accessible and innovative middle school education for Latino boys from at-risk backgrounds.
San Miguel provides a life-changing and transforming middle school education to as many Latino boys as feasible. Each and every day the faculty and staff seek to meet the academic, physical, emotional, and social needs of the students entrusted to their care. Graduates leave the school as resilient young men, prepared to succeed in high school and their future work. By enabling our students to succeed, San Miguel is breaking the cycle of generational poverty in which many of their families are trapped.
San Miguel has expanded to full academic capacity over the past four years, growing from an enrollment of about 60 boys to now 85-90. During this timeframe, the school curriculum has been refined and enhanced, conforming to the standards and guidelines of Miguel schools of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. San Miguel was accredited in 2015 by AdvancED through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
San Miguel's key accomplishments and results include:
• 100% proficiency in reading and math by 8th grade graduation
• 100% acceptance of graduates into college-preparatory high schools
• 100% high school graduation rate for alumni
Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), 1419 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009 • 202-319-2225
Since its founding in 1968 in the District of Columbia, LAYC has grown from a small grassroots recreation center to a nationally recognized agency serving all low-income youth. Each year LAYC serves over 4,000 youth and families through youth centers, school-based sites, and public charter schools in the District of Columbia and Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery Counties as the Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC). Its mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs. serve low-income youth, ages 11-24, of all backgrounds. This includes low-income youth, teen parents, homeless youth, youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems, and those facing mental health, substance abuse, or complex family issues. See our demographics.
From tutoring in the DC Teen Center to in-school support through AmeriCorps members in partner schools, LAYC programs provide the additional help LAYC students need to complete homework, discuss readings, and complete special projects. For youth enrolled in area high schools or LAYC-founded YouthBuild, Next Step, or the LAYC Career Academy Public Charter Schools, we offer College Access and Retention programs and services including support applying to college, scholarships and other financial aid, and college tours. Our services extend to students in our Bard College Clemente Course that offers six college credits in the humanities.