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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Recreation & Sports, Sports, Unknown, Youth Development Programs

Mission: DC SCORES goes where kids in need are and creates neighborhood teams that give kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life.

Results: DC SCORES has served more than 9,000 low-income DC children since 1994. DCPS teacher -- as well as Teach for America alumna, soccer player, and poet -- Julie Kennedy founded DC SCORES to meet the needs of a group of 15 girls with little to do after school. She realized that bonds between teammates built on the soccer field forged a supportive community for poetry workshops -- which, in turn, built literacy skills and a forum for self-expression. The development of leadership skills through healthy competition empowered students to act as agents of change in their communities through service-learning projects. Twenty-two years later, DC SCORES provides year-round expanded learning programs for 2,200 3rd-8th graders (half boys, half girls) each year at Title I schools across the city in DC neighborhoods characterized by entrenched poverty. DC SCORES recently completed a growth phase which nearly doubled our student body, in recognition of unmet need, but still has a waiting list of more than 15 sites and a vision to serve all children in the District in need of a safe, supportive and stable after-school environment

Target demographics: 2,220 low-income DC youth ages 8-15.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000 low-income DC kids.

Geographic areas served: Washington, DC

Programs: DC SCORES, we go where kids in need are and create neighborhood teams that give kids the confidence and skills to succeed on the playing field, in the classroom, and in life. We envision a DC where every child - no matter their family income - experiences the joys of childhood: sports, arts, service, and being part of a team. Where every child - no matter their family circumstances - is empowered to find academic success and grow into an emotionally and physically healthy teen and adult. Where every neighborhood supports and celebrates its children and their accomplishments on and off the playing field.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jacqui K.


Rating: 5

I served as an employee and now a volunteer, and I can't say enough great things about DC SCORES. As an employer, this org is the definition of work hard, play hard(er). There's organized "staff fun" events like baseball games, picnics, and team building before every staff meeting. As a youth-serving nonprofit, DC SCORES is as good as it gets. With a community-centric attitude, staff, teachers, students, and parents work together under the values of teamwork, leadership, and commitment to build teams and solve problems in all 8 DC wards. Jump on any opportunity you get to join this amazing organization in any capacity!



Rating: 5

It's amazing to see gown DC SCORES helps DC Public School students develop soft skills and see the importance of being in a team through sports and creative writing. Fall Frenzy and Jamboree are the best places to see this!


Rating: 5

DC Scores is a terrific program. It combines the team experience provided by the soccer teams, with self expression and community service. This is an amazing combination and it provides kids in need with growing experiences that many of us took for granted when we were young, or we take for granted for our own children. The most stunning aspect of all this is that, but for DC Scores, these kids would have no after school programs and would be on the street or on a couch, alone, in front of a TV. As a math teacher and a soccer coach, as much as I think what happens in the math classroom is important, it is what happens on the soccer team that grows kids, gives them leadership skills and teaches them the important life lessons about themselves, being part of a group effort and being part of a community. That is invaluable. That is what DC Scores provides.
The self-expression part of the program, which really grabs the kids' imagination and creativity, allows them to recognize, process and express many of the complicated emotions and feelings that they have about themselves and the world around them. Again, for many of them, without DC Scores, they would not have such an outlet.
DC Scores is the best thing that has happened to the kids in need in Washington D.C.


Rating: 5

This organization works to help the whole child, not just the heart, not just the brain, not just the legs--but the entire person. The saddest part is that it cannot help all the children it would like to help, and that there are so many children who desperately need their support.