Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!

by Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!
Launch DC's First Youth Peer Support Center!

Seasons Greetings. We hope that everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! 

As we reflect upon this turmultous year of 2020, we recognize that we have lots to be grateful for, starting with our wonderful donors such as yourselves. While the grinch tried to steal our holiday! We were able to provide ample support to our FANmilies this holiday season. 

The community stepped up BIG TIME!

FAN was adopted by Maximus Federal employees and they secured all the wish list gifts for our youth participants. Oye Palaver Hut donated $300.00 to purchase hats, coats, and gloves for our FANmilies. St. John CME donated grocery gift cards to include in holiday kits and Families4Famlies provided 15 bags of groceries and 25 holiday kits for our youth participants. Our community pantry and fridge is filled every 3-5 days for community members to take fresh produce and items as needed. We were even able to host a pop-up holiday give away for the larger community where we gave out donated items from clothes, toys, to face masks and other essential items. We were also able to launch a wellness pantry with toiletries and other essential items! 

This season, we were reminded of just how much the power of community matters and we would not be able to do the work we do without meaningful partnerships. We thank you all so much and are looking forward to continuing the momementum in 2021. 

We are hopeful that COVID-19 is on the verge of slowing down with the new vaccinations, and we are excited about the opportunity to run a full in-person program again. In the beginning of the New Year, we will be looking to kick off our 15 year Anniversary by hosting a virtual screening of our documentary "We Matter:" 15 Years of FANmily. Be sure to check out our website for information on where to watch it. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone and thank you for your committment to working with us! We're forever grateful for you! 

Peace & Blessings, 

Josephine Mazyck


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FAN has been busy this summer and did not let COVID-19 restrictions slow us down. Not only did we turn 15 on August 5th and will spend this year celebrating 15 years of service, as a result of COVID, we've managed to provide FANmilies with over 11,000 non-perishable meals and enhance community partnerships to provide more direct services. We provided tablets and laptops for our families to stand in the gaps of the digital divide, and connected three families with resources to ensure they had access to the internet. 

Our partnership with Oye Palaver Hut and Let's Go Boys & Girls allowed us to keep our youth participants engaged throughout the summer by hosting virtual cooking lessons, story telling, and STEM projects. Our youth participants were not disappointed when we hand delivered their summer kits to them which provided all the materials they would need to follow along on our virtual platform. 

While we did miss seeing our FANmilies in person, we were grateful for the opportunity to still serve them throughout the pandemic. We were able to provide more direct services such as transportation and meal support. In doing so, we reduced the risk of exposure to the coronavirus for our participants who would have otherwise had to use public transportation. 

In light of the civil unrest, we also wanted to create a space for our participants to share their feelings about the current climate and we launched a "We Matter Campaign," and partnered with the Social Justice School to have our youth participants create a super hero zine in which they identify ways in which they can make in difference starting now. 

We are looking forward to supporting our FANmilies with distance learning this fall as schools are closed and students are learning from home. We will be accepting participants in small groups for a few hours a day to give them a safe space to learn, relax, and have a meal (all with proper social distancing policies in place, of course). 

Feel free to stop by our facebook page to check out an interview with our founders to kickoff our 15 year celebration!

FAN hopes that everyone is safe and well, and we look forward to your continued support! 

Be blessed. 


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During the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, we were impacted personally as one of our youth participants tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Out of an abundance of caution, we asked all our youth participants and their families to monitor and report to their doctors if any of them began exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
Our foremost concern is for the recovery and well-being of the affected individual and their loved ones. We will continue to prioritize the most vulnerable among us and do everything we can to safeguard the health and wellness of our staff, participants, and surrounding communities.
To protect our students, families, and staff we are doing everything possible to make sure FAN continues to create safe places and linked hearts during this challenging time. As part of our COVID-19 response efforts we have implemented the following:
  • Cleanliness. We have hired a specialized cleaning company to sterilize our programming space and administrative offices. By taking this action we are ensuring that our space will be safe for students, families, and staff returning for programming.
  • Safety. Due to the recent positive test of one our families, all staff have been asked to self-isolate and to watch for symptoms for at least two weeks. Additionally, we have canceled in-person programming in alignment with DC Public Schools.
  • Community Services. Because we believe in being a community resource, FAN will serve as an emergency food distribution center. To date, we have supplied families with 497 breakfasts and snacks. 
  • Virtual Programming. On Monday, March 23rd, we moved all of our programming virtually. Students can now participate in Movement Mondays, Truth Circle Tuesdays, Wellness Wednesdays, Try it out Thursdays, and Virtual Field Trip Fridays. Tune in each day at 4:00 p.m. via Instagram Live @Fihankradc. Every Saturday during this time, we will also be hosting virtual Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) sessions at 4:00 p.m. By continuing to offer programming during this time we are ensuring our participants are provided with academic, enrichment, and coping support opportunities throughout this pandemic.  We are also in need of virtual tutors!
We appreciate the continuous support that our community has exhibited during this evolving national crisis. If you would like to learn more about how you can support members of our FANmily please contact me directly or consider a contribution online. 
We will continue to share relevant updates as the situation unfolds. Please continue to practice social distancing, self-isolate if you are not feeling well, and continue checking for updates and heeding counsel from DC Department of Health or your local health department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
If there are any questions or concerns, you can call me directly at (202) 380-9390 x1.

Peace & Blessings. Stay safe


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FAN is turning 15! Join us this year as we pay homage to the work that we've done in the past and gain focus around the work we're going to do in the future. This year is all about 2020 vision, but you can't know where you're going unless you understand where you've come from. 

FAN opened the doors in 2005 as a safe space for fostered youth. Since then, we have expanded to be a home for anyone who may be impacted by the child welfare system.

Over the years, we've managed to serve over 200 FANmilys, connect and sustain relationships with over 15 funding and community partners. Jobs have been provided for more than 5 alumni participants. We've also been able to keep the doors open and provide a nurturing environment for participants despite leadership changes, economic hardships, and navigating the everchanging landscape of the DC area. What started out as just a means to providing a safe space turned into so much more. In addition to our 4 programs (Trauma informed after school, summer camp, alumni, and caretaker), we also operate as a drop in center. Being a drop in center means that anyone from the community can walk into our space and be provided with services!  

As we come close to the end of the first quarter in 2020, we're still making progress. We've celebrated Dr. King, Valentine's Day, and welcomed a new member to our FANmily. We made new community connections with Oye Palaver Hut & Let's Go Boys & Girls to introduce the art of storytelling, and stem to our youth participants. We've also continued our partnership with Project Create to give the participants art therapy. Our Alumni group received resources surrounding housing, food, clothing for job interviews, and employment.

We are committed to working toward creating safe, nurturing spaces where participants can be themselves and get support. We look forward to continuing the work. 

Thank you for your time and support! 


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Dear Friend of FAN,

Hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

Mark your calendars for December 3rd, #GivingTuesday. Black Friday
and Cyber Monday can hollow you out with sales, sales, and more
sales; but, on #GivingTuesday....instead of buying, let's give.

Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso, otherwise known as FAN, is a charitable
organization dedicated to creating safe and nurturing spaces for DC
youth and thier families. As FAN's Executive Director, I am excited
about the progress FAN has made over the years and hopeful about the
level of impact we will continue to have with your support. Take  a
look below to see all that we've done in the past year alone.

Next year, we're excited to be celebrating 15 years of service. Thank
you for being a part of our journey! The next 15 years will be even
more fulfilling.

Now, more than ever, FAN needs your support for stronger, more
positive and direct impact on the lives of the children in FAN.
Please join me in donating to FAN on December 3rd at
at our  Global Giving Project Site where we need to complete our goal of $10,000.

Thank you for your continued support.

Peace & Blessings.

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Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN)

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Twitter: @fanlinkedhearts
Project Leader:
Josephine Mazyck
Washington, DC United States
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