Our approach to youth development integrates academic, athletic, character, and professional development opportunities. Our goals are to enhance student-athletes’ academic performance, athletic ability, critical thinking skills, while promoting self-efficacy. We facilitate our objectives through six enrichment programs. We engage youth and young adults between ages 10 to 21.
SOUL partners with high school sports teams to provide a space for student-athletes to participate in college readiness workshops and receive homework support before attending practice. CASH is currently held at H.D. Woodson High School, Maya Angelou High School and Luke C. Moore High School in DC, Mervo High School in Baltimore, and Thurgood Marshall Academic High School in San Francisco
Sister Circle provides a safe space for female student-athletes to explore personal development and receive mentoring. This program was created to empower and promote educational excellence within our female student-athletes community by equipping young ladies with tools needed to remind themselves of their self-worth and significance to the world around them.
This program was established create a safe space for young men to be vulnerable and promote self-efficacy. Round Table addresses the community concern of the lack of male support in schools and provides mentors for low-income young males highly likely to engage in risky behaviors.
SOUL collaborates with the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Science at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the HD Woodson’s S.T.E.M. department to provide Urban Sustainability Education for a cohort of H.D. students. This program uses an environmental sustainability lens to explore economic, agricultural, and sociological factors in DC and the greater community.
SOUL collaborates with the Richardson Dwellings Resident Council and City Gate DC. Youth attend an eight-week program that introduces them to the world through the lens specific academic subject. Students have the opportunity to attend educational field trips and hands on activities that align with the summer theme.