Since 2002, Fair Chance has partnered with 79 community-based nonprofit organizations who serve more than 65,000 children, youth, and families in Washington, DC's most underserved communities, Ward 5-8 [PDF]. Fair Chance helps each of these organizations and their leaders rise to their potential. Our proven program of support empowers our partners do what they do better, do more of it, and be around for those that need them for a long, long time.
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.
City Kids Wilderness Project (Wards 7 & 8) is a nonprofit outdoor education program for underserved and at-risk inner-city youth from the Washington, DC metropolitan area.† City Kidís program, focused on experiential learning, joins youth and staff in a cooperative family atmosphere, and utilizes the outdoor, natural environment as a classroom for academic, recreational and life skills.
DC Greens (City-wide) 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.
Generation Hope is dedicated to reducing poverty one family at a time by providing direct sponsorships and one-on-one mentoring to teen parents who are attending college in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.
Healthy Babies (Wards 1, 4, 5-8) 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.
Horizons Greater Washington (Wards 1 & 8) develops public private partnerships between independent and public school communities to provide academic, cultural, and recreational programs designed to empower economically disadvantaged students to realize their full potential. Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child by providing experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for oneself and others, and encourage a life-long interest in learning.
Jubilee Jumpstart's (Ward 1) mission is to ensure that children are fully prepared for success in school and beyond by providing them with early education, enriched by an intense focus on social and emotional well-being, and practical support to their families.
Public Allies Washington, DC (City-wide) 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.
Reach for College! (City-wide, Wards 7 & 8) promotes equity by increasing and supporting the number of traditionally disadvantaged students who pursue and complete post-secondary education. Reach for College! provides curricular materials that walk students through college selection and application and boost students' academic skills so they're ready for college, and provides training for teachers to use the curriculum in their classes as part of their students' regular school day.
School Justice Project (Wards 5, 7, 8) 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.
Teaching for Change (City-Wide) provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers, parents, and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.