What We Do

Following the collective impact model pioneered by StriveTogether in Cincinnati, Ohio, C3N brought together the District of Columbia’s key education stakeholders and had them agree on a common set of goals, outcomes, and success indicators, including the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion, postsecondary enrollment, postsecondary persistence, and postsecondary completion. Each year the network’s members more closely align their services and the ways in which they track and use data through a range of network initiatives – for more information on C3N’s initiatives please click here. In order to facilitate the sharing of effective practices, C3N also hosts monthly roundtable meetings at which network members share resources and program practices. These meetings have allowed members to learn from and create robust relationships with one another If you would like to attend a roundtable, please contact Michael Longaro at Michael.Longaro@dc.gov.

Featured Member Programs

ASAS ( After School All Stars)

Reach for College

Herb Block Scholarship

More Programs

The FLOC Scholars Program helps students in grades 6-12 and beyond gain the skills they need to graduate from high school, pursue higher education, and achieve college and career success. The program includes academic and project-based workshops; academic advising; help with homework, college applications, and financial aid; and community service projects. For the last 6 years, 100% of our seniors have graduated from high school and been accepted into a postsecondary program.

In response to America’s high school drop-out crisis, ASAS launched its We Are Ready (W.A.R.) program to better prepare our middle school students for success in high school and beyond. Our curriculum targets students who exhibit signs that they are at risk of dropping-out and helps them answer the question: Why does graduating from high school matter? Through career and college exposure, academic support, service projects, counseling and mentoring, W.A.R. provides middle school students with the skills, information, and confidence they need to successfully navigate their transition into high school so they are better prepared to graduate.

Brief description: The UDC-CC C.A.R.E. Program includes:
  1. 1. UDC-CC Dual Enrollment Program: opportunity for students in grades 9-12 attending a DC public or public charter high school to earn college credit at the Community College
  2. 2. Early ACCUPLACER Testing: to assess 9th-12th grade students’ academic readiness for credit-bearing college courses
  3. 3. College Ready Intervention: to improve 10th-12th grade students’ academic readiness when high school students place into remedial or developmental courses
  4. 4. College Readiness Institute: summer institute for educators, counselors, teachers, and college access coordinators, to learn more about helping students navigate the path to college and career success
  5. 5. Articulation Agreements: opportunity for students to receive college credits for completion of identified courses taken in the high school

The mission of Reach for College! is to promote equity by increasing and supporting the number of traditionally disadvantaged students who pursue and complete post secondary education. We provide structured curricular materials and books that walk students through understanding the benefits of higher education, college selection and application. Reach for College! materials have been specially developed explicitly for use in school systems with large numbers of traditionally disadvantaged students. The materials have been shown to significantly increase the number of students going to college from high schools where the college-going rate is often low. In the RFC class students study:
  • SAT prep
  • College selection & application
  • Career exploration and planning
  • College level reading & writing
  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Financial aid application
  • Practical life skills, interviewing and banking

The diversity in ability, ethnicity, and learning styles of urban school populations often requires imaginative and innovative responses. The Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP), a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, responds to this challenge by enhancing the financial resource base of Bell Multicultural High School and Lincoln Multicultural Middle School to ensure a rigorous college prep experience. MCIP is located on the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC).

Founded in 1979 by Maria Tukeva, CHEC's principal, MCIP began as an alternative school for language minority students, low-income students and others with unmet special needs. In 1989 MCIP's core instructional program merged with then Bell Vocational Center to become Bell Multicultural High School, a member of DC Public Schools. In support of the new institution, MCIP's mission became and remains the provision of proven, research-based academic and enrichment programs that promote high student achievement at Bell, and now, Lincoln as well.

MCIP strives to provide middle and high school students the academic support they need to become college-ready through after-school and summer initiatives, as well as specialized programs of study, such as Pre-Engineering. Additionally, it offers high school students the chance to earn college credits and take college courses through its Early College Program, founded in 2004. As part of its standard practice, students are also provided with college and career counseling, as well as a diverse range of internship, volunteer, and job opportunities.


Since 1993, CPE has helped motivated, low-income high school students in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area overcome the academic and social barriers that would otherwise prevent them from attending and succeeding in the colleges of their choice. CPE empowers students to reach their full potential in high performing charter and private schools through a unique combination of one-on-one mentoring, individualized staff support, college and career readiness programming, and scholarships. By complimenting the rigorous education in some of DC’s top high schools with additional services, CPE levels the playing field between our students and their upper-income peers. Over the past 20 years, the organization has supported nearly 500 students and has produced a 99% college enrollment rate and a 70% college completion rate for its graduates – more than three times the rate nationally and five times the rate in DC. For CPE students, a college education is a path out of a multigenerational cycle of poverty and on to professional careers.

Teens and young adults with disabilities often have questions about the future, like "Where can I get my first real job? How do I get my own place? How can I pay college tuition? Should I disclose my disability to employers or professors?"

We created this website to help young adults with disabilities in the DC area answer these questions and plan for their future. We hope that these success stories and local resources will help ALL teens and young adults achieve their dreams. For information on post-secondary education for youth with disabilities, please visit the “Education” page, which you can access by clicking on the “Resources by Topic” tab from the homepage. For additional post-secondary education resources, please visit the “Library” and “News & Events” tabs from the homepage.

This website was created by DC Partners in Transition, a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. We are students, young adults, teachers, community organizations, government representatives, employers, parents, and more. Everyone is welcome to join us.

DC Partners in Transition also disseminates a bi-weekly newsletter that includes announcements about new resources and events related to transition of youth with disabilities into post-secondary education, employment, and independence. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter and/or would like to recommend additional resources for the newsletter or website, please contact us via the website.


In collaboration with the Catholic University of America (CUA), the College Board Upward Bound Program provides students with academic support and enrichment opportunities to 110 students from three District of Columbia Public Senior High Schools: Woodson Senior High School (located in Ward 7), Anacostia, and Ballou Senior High Schools (both located in Ward 8). Participating students attend year-long Saturday/Wednesday academic academies, weekly tutoring, cultural enrichment, a one-week summer work study/career exploration program, a two-week Summer Institute, and a three week summer residential program on the campus of The Catholic University of America. While engaged in the rigorous summer academic experience, program participants learn from other supplemental activities and support services such as counseling, cultural and recreational activities, as well as career exploration experiences designed to promote academic-skill enhancement and social development.

Students in the Upward Bound Program participate in a systematic, rigorous core curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and mathematics adopted by the District of Columbia and supplemented with the College Board Standards for College Success in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students participate in core academic classes in English, Mathematics, Science and foreign Language (Latin) during the summer program as well as non-core classes such as public speaking, and computer applications.


The Academic Mentoring Program services 8th-12th grade students in the Washington Metropolitan area. We pair students one on one with a college-educated mentor whom they meet with one night a week at one of our six (6) Academic Mentoring Sites throughout Washington DC. The student and mentor pairs work on our college-focused curriculum, aimed at improving students, reading, writing, and math skills. The mentor also supports their student through the college research and eventually their college application process.

The Cathedral Scholars Program is the hallmark youth and education initiative of The Washington National Cathedral. Each year, 15 rising sophomores from five different DCPS high schools are chosen through a competitive application process to participate in a three-year college preparatory, academic and professional development and community engagement program. All scholars attend classes at St. Albans School on the Washington National Cathedral Close in several key core subjects such as English, Math, Psychology and SAT preparation. Additionally, scholars take college tours, perform community service and participate in various leadership and community engagement programs throughout the city.

Contact Director, Tony Keith at tkeith@cathedral.org or 202-537-2159.


The Herb Block Scholarship provides financial assistance for students of all ages to attend community colleges in the DC metro area. It provides up to $8,000 per year for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses. Eligible applicants are permanent residents of DC or its suburbs, attend or plan to attend one of the eligible community colleges, and must complete and submit a FAFSA. There is no GPA cutoff for the scholarship. Deadlines are July 7 for fall semester and November 10 for spring semester.