Through our team of highly skilled, specially trained Capacity Building Specialists, Fair Chance provides our partner organizations with year long individually tailored services aimed at improving their capacity, and strengthening their sustainability, impact, and success. This partnership, as well as the customized services it entails, evolves over time as our partner organizations grow and their needs change.
Partners receive a comprehensive assessment process resulting in a detailed work plan, and year-long, weekly, one-on-one, technical assistance in each of our eight service areas: Board Development, Financial Management and Analysis, Fundraising, Leadership Development, Human Resources and Accountability, Outreach and Communications, Program Evaluation and Monitoring, and Strategic Planning. Our Capacity Building Specialists work directly with each of our partner organizations' Executive Directors and other organizational leadership to enhance the skills and confidence they need to effectively lead and strengthen their organizations.
Fair Chance partners are eligible to receive a second year partnership that builds upon the lessons learned and skills transferred throughout the first year. While less time intensive, second year partnerships continue the structured, deliverable-based model to help our partners become stable, sustainable organizations.
After completing a first and/or second year of partnership with Fair Chance, partners join a thriving Alumni network. Fair Chance Alumni receive regular learning and networking opportunities through: quarterly roundtable events, access to our partner e-forum, Executive Director breakfasts, pro bono services, continued staff support when needed and invitations to various other events. Fair Chance values and maintains relationships with its partners to build a stronger community of support for DC children and youth.
First Year Partner Organizations
The following is a list of our partner organizations in the first year of their partnership. Fair Chance targets its efforts in two communities: east of the Anacostia River in Wards 7 and 8, and select neighborhoods west of the river in Wards 5 and 6. Fair Chance seeks dynamic, child and youth-focused organizations who have innovative programs and inspiring leaders. We are delighted to be working alongside the following partners.
College Tribe is a mentoring program that aims to increase the number of African-American young men from Ward 8 who go to college and become successful men. They match elementary and middle school students to mentors with college degrees or who have a ranking of Staff Sergeant or higher in the military. Together, mentors and mentees engage in subjects such as robotics, chess, and other STEM projects, and take monthly field trips into downtown DC.
DC Family and Youth Initiative is the only DC area organization focused exclusively on helping teens in foster care make lifelong connections with caring adults. They create enriching lifetime relationships for youth at risk of aging out of foster care by matching youth with host parents and mentors, and helping them find adoptive families.
DC Greens provides education and access, bridging gaps in our local food system to ensure that all residents of the District have a deeper connection to the sources of their food and can afford fresh fruit and vegetables. DC Greens supports school gardens across the city, manages farmers' market incentive programs for low-income residents, runs a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, and connects the cafeteria to the classroom with "farm to school" programs across the District.
Healthy Babies Project, Inc. connects high-risk, underserved pregnant D.C. women and families to health care, social services, and educational opportunities. HBP's one-on-one support to women means their babies have a greater chance of surviving and thriving. HBP removes barriers to receiving services and connects at-risk pregnant teenagers, women, and families to resources they need.
HIPS promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use. HIPS provides compassionate harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency.
Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) fosters leadership and facilitates community-led initiatives to increase the meaningful inclusion of people in the District of Columbia who do not speak English as their primary language. MLOV's youth-led Student Multiethnic Action Research Team (SMART), advocates and organizes to reduce education disparities experienced by English Language Learner (ELL) students and their families.
Public Allies Washington, DC finds young adults who are passionate about making a difference and helps them turn that passion into a career in public service. During a 10-month AmeriCorps apprenticeship, Allies develop their own leadership while strengthening community organizations. Public Allies also builds leadership amongst alumni and community partners to ensure lasting change, especially in education and workforce development.
School Justice Project provides free special education legal services to DC youth ages 17-22 who are involved in the juvenile justice system. SJP represents the oldest court-involved students in special education cases, working with its clients to ensure that they receive the education and transition services they are entitled to under Federal and District law, regardless of incarceration.
WINNERS Lacrosse uses lacrosse as a vehicle to teach life skills to boys and girls (ages 7-15) from underserved areas of DC. WINNERS teaches teamwork, responsibility, respect, and accountability to help players reach their full potential as productive and responsible young men and women.
YoKid helps underserved children and teens confront the challenges of stress and obesity by increasing their self-awareness, concentration levels, and physical activity through yoga. The YoKid yoga program has been shown to improve students' mood and physical fitness levels; students were less angry, more relaxed, more physically flexible, and showed improved concentration.