45% of at-risk DC kids will not graduate from high school, only 44% read proficiently, and many have low critical thinking skills. Research shows that thinking and reading well matter. Critical thinking improves content knowledge and school success, and the ability to read lowers rates of unemployment, welfare, and incarceration. At-risk students' inabilities to think and read have a documented, detrimental, lifelong impact. This project will improve thinking and literacy among 150 DC youth.
Using research-based methods, we build strong minds through words. We facilitate workshops where young people create word-based projects, which community leaders then pay to access. These two steps ensure both short-term success and long-term change
We will improve critical thinking and literacy skills for 150 young people, increasing their educational and employment options. We will increase the perception that these young people are valuable citizens through 10 community markets.