D.C. Youth Work at Georgetown through the Summer Youth Employment Program

5 D.C. students will work summer jobs at Georgetown University through the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The students will work with University Information Services (UIS) and assist with software installations, basic hardware tasks to prepare computers for disposal, and light clerical work. 

SYEP is an annual 6-week program sponsored by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) that provides District youth ages 14 to 21 with paid summer work experiences in the private and government sector. The program allows youth to earn money and develop professional work experience and skills. 

DOES has run the Summer Youth Employment Program for more than 30 years. This year’s program runs from June 30 to August 8. In 2013, Georgetown hosted 10 SYEP youth who worked with UIS and the Biology Department among others.

Move-out Drive Benefits Local Nonprofits

Move-out Drive 2Thank you to everyone who participated in Georgetown University’s Spring Move-out Drive! Each year in May, the University sponsors a move-out drive for neighbors and for students moving out of campus residence halls and off-campus houses. Donated items support charities in the DC region. The University also provides bulk trash collection for off-campus students and residents of Georgetown, Burleith, and Foxhall Village.

This year, students and neighbors donated enough items to fill 16 box trucks, equivalent to nearly $37,000 in basic household goods, and included clothing, school supplies, books, furniture, household appliances, kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, personal care products, and more. Donated items went to KEYS for the Homeless, a local network of homeless service providers.

By repurposing these items and diverting them from a landfill or incinerator, the Move-out Drive also helps conserve natural resources and protect our region’s air, water, and land. This year’s donations represented 32 tons of materials diverted from the waste stream.

The Move-out Drive is a collaboration between the Office of Neighborhood Life, the Office of Sustainability, Georgetown students, and neighbors. Thank you again to all who participated!


Institute for College Preparation Celebrates 2014 Graduates

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Georgetown University’s Institute for College Preparation (ICP) celebrated the accomplishments of 14 DC high school seniors at a ceremony on Saturday, June 7th.

ICP is a pre-college enrichment and comprehensive support program for DC middle and high school students. Students in the 2014 ICP class graduated from 10 DC high schools and all of them will attend postsecondary education in the fall.

The ceremony also celebrated 5 ICP alumni who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2014 from University of Virginia, Pennsylvania State University, Capitol College, Morgan State University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Since 1989, the Institute has worked with students from disadvantaged backgrounds to provide academic support, instill confidence, build a desire for education, and motivate them to pursue a college education.

Students participate from 7th grade through 12th grade, attending a Saturday Academy at Georgetown during the fall and spring semesters, and a Summer Institute on campus for three to five weeks. Students also have the opportunity to tour college campuses, participate in culturally enriching activities, and travel abroad during the summer.

Georgetown Hosts 2014 Academy of Hope Graduation

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Georgetown University hosted the 2014 Academy of Hope graduation on Saturday, June 7th. The Academy of Hope is a nonprofit providing adult literacy and workforce development services to adults in D.C. The organization will open an adult charter school in September 2014.

The ceremony, which included graduates and their families, celebrated the accomplishment of students who have earned their GED.

More than 64,000 adults in D.C. lack a high school credential. Research has shown that a mother’s literacy is the greatest determinant of a child’s future academic success and parental education is a major factor in persistent childhood poverty.

In January 2014, Georgetown honored Lecester Johnson, executive director of Academy of Hope, with the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award. The award recognizes inspirational local leaders who are working to solve key challenges in the District.

Cesar Chavez Scholars Present Final Theses at Georgetown

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Three graduating students from the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy presented their senior theses at Georgetown University on June 6 at the annual Public Policy Symposium.

The 2014 symposium, held at Georgetown University, was co-hosted by Dr. John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University, and Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Each year, every graduating student presents and defends a thesis on an important public policy topic. The thesis is the culminating event of their academic experience and three students are chosen to present at the symposium. The event showcases the skills students learn at Chavez and allow students to apply their education to critical policy issues.

The three students presented on Guantanamo Bay, urban education reform, and felon disenfranchisement. NPR’s Claudio Sanchez moderated a discussion between the presenters.



Community Justice Project Receives Civic Leadership Award

Georgetown Law’s Community Justice Project Clinic has received the Civic Leadership Award from Casa Ruby at its second anniversary celebration on June 3. Casa Ruby is a bilingual, multicultural LGBT organization providing life-saving services and programs to the most vulnerable in the LGBT community.

The leadership award was given in honor of work done by clinic students Jason Amirhadji (L’14), Michelle Mirabal (L’14) and Jessica DeStefano (L’14) in creating a strategic plan for the organization’s future advocacy.  The award was presented at an event featuring D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D.C. Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and local transgender advocates.

Visiting Associate Professor Colleen F. Shanahan, director of the Community Justice Project, and Program Coordinator Lisa Pollan accepted the award on behalf of CJP.

“We are honored that Casa Ruby recognized CJP student attorneys’ work developing a strategic advocacy plan,” Shanahan said, adding that Casa Ruby’s cutting-edge advocacy and services for the transgender community is an important part of the fabric of Washington, D.C. “CJP’s work with Casa Ruby inspires and motivates us to continue to work for justice in our community.”

Georgetown Law’s clinical program is the largest and most highly regarded in the country, and allows students to learn to practice law by working with real clients confronting complex legal challenges.

At the Community Justice Project, students represent individual clients and act as advocates for community, non-profit, educational, faith-based and other organizations and groups. They serve as advocates, consultants, advisors, capacity-builders, strategic planners, policy analysts and community organizers to help clients tackle complex, high priority projects.

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