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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with DC Scores for many years as a donor and more recently as a board member. Recently, I attended the Fall Frenzy for the first time and seeing the smiles on every child and parent's face was a clear indicator of the program's effectiveness and value to the participants and their families. DC Scores is clearly making a difference in those communities that need it the most in all quadrants of the city.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this wonderful organization for about 18 months. Never before have I found such a dedicated and caring staff that thrives on making a difference in these children's lives. D.C. Scores provides pivotal support to at risk children in communities throughout the city by emphasizing the importance of and helping them achieve results in nutrition, exercise and literacy, with soccer as the catalyst. Any and all support is appreciated and foments positive results in the lives of children in our city.

Loren A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

D.C. Scores does so much to build the confidence, athleticism and creativity of many children in our city. Their tireless approach to organization and guidance to engage these young minds in programs that will teach them new skills and build beneficial relationships is remarkable. Every interaction I've had with the children and team members has been rewarding because of their enthusiasm and commitment to the greater cause. Let's continue to help guide these children and hopefully more with effective fundraising to have more schools involved with the D.C. Scores experience.

Board Member

Rating: 5

You will not find a more dedicated staff or harder-working Board than at DC Scores. As a nine year supporter, and new Board member, I have fresh insights into how this organization works, and it's driven more by passion than dollars. The impact they have on kids is undeniable: just look at them at the end of the school year. They are confident and articulate. Nothing drives this home more then watching them perform at their Poetry Slam. Attending (and even watching rehearsals) is a powerful experience. These kids have a lot to say, and DC Scores gives them the skills to express themselves and a stage to perform.

Alex D.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I went to the recent Fall Frenzy soccer tournament. It was so wonderful to see all the kids, parents and staff out playing and having fun. I think this was only topped by the poetry slam I went to last year. Great job DC Scores for working on body and soul!

Board Member

Rating: 5

DC SCORES helps children that come from disadvantaged communities to gain the self confidence they need to succeed in life. I've been honored to volunteer with the organization on and off for over a decade, and to serve as a Board member the last few years. The leadership is outstanding. The Board is highly energized. The staff is spectacular. I have never heard a complaint out of students or parents. Well done!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with DC Scores on and off, mostly on, for a period of almost 25 years. It is a stellar organization that provides a base through soccer wherein inner city children have access to a first class after school program - as opposed to the streets or home alone - that integrates with literacy improvement, higher matriculation rates and a strong propensity to move into higher education. In my experience there is no program like it in terms of both performance and measurable, objective results. Mark D. Cowan

Board Member

Rating: 5

DC Scores is unique in how it approaches life lessons in communities most in need.

Board Member

Rating: 4

DC scores helps so many kids and communities thrive. Professional, energetic and passionate. I support DC scores because of their never ending ability to make a difference one child and one community at a time!

Board Member

Rating: 5

DC Scores does more for students in DC than any other organization period. They foster self confidence, team building and promote health and fitness in a safe environment.