Creating My Successful Future

You are in the driver's seat of your life. Here are the tools to help you create your own future. 

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              FINANCIAL LITERACY

              Bank of DC

              Bank of DC
              Bank on DC is program of the District of Columbia’s Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, that provides access to safe and affordable bank accounts through partner banks and credit unions. Additionally, Bank on DC provides financial education and empowerment classes on saving; creating, growing and protecting wealth; budgeting; credit and investing to all residents of the District of Columbia.

              For more information on Bank on DC, visit www.bankondc.org or call (202) 727-8000.



              CAAB
              Through its Financial Education, Matched Savings and Consumer Education programs, and research and advocacy, Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) is working to ensure that all residents in the Greater DC area have opportunities to save and invest in their dreams. Some of the programs available are bilingual financial education programs, matched savings programs, and free income tax preparation.


              HOUSING SUPPORT

              Sasha Bruce Youthwork DC

              Sasha Bruce Youthwork
              The mission of Sasha Bruce Youthwork is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, and neglected at-risk youth and their families in the Washington area. We achieve this by providing shelter, counseling, life skills training and positive youth development activities to approximately 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year. We also offer and host structured trainings and workshops that will increase community knowledge, skills, and awareness of substance abuse trends and indicators. Additionally, you can attend community conversations on underage drinking, so-called gateway drugs and risk & protective factors. 

              For more information on Sasha Bruce programs, check out  sashabruce.org


              CULINARY TRAINING

              D.C. Central Kitchen

              DC Central Kitchen
              DC Central Kitchen’s mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. As the nation’s first and leading community kitchen, DC Central Kitchen develops and operates social ventures targeting the cycle of hunger and poverty. We fight hunger differently by training jobless adults for culinary careers and then hiring dozens of our own graduates to prepare the 3 million meals we provide for homeless shelters, schools, and nonprofits each year. Our ventures also prevent the waste of millions of pounds of nutritious food, expand access to healthy, local options in urban food deserts, and scale our model nationally through strategic partnerships with colleges and universities.

              For more information about the DC Central Kitchen and what it has to offer, visit  dccentralkitchen.org. You can also call (202) 234-0707


              FOOD ASSISTANCE 

              Martha's Table D.C.

              Martha's Table
              For over 37 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family supports. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity for their brightest future, and a deeply engaged family and community committed to their success. Our work focuses on four areas: Healthy Start, Healthy Eating, Healthy Connections, and Emergency Support Services. The Healthy Start program offers full day early childhood education to children from 3 months to 3 years of age, as well as out-of-school time programming for prekindergarten and elementary-aged students. The Healthy Eating program includes: Joyful Food Markets, no-cost farmers market-style markets, held in 39 elementary schools East of the Anacostia River, for children and their families to increase access to healthy, high quality foods. Martha’s Table offers a variety of service learning and youth development programming in our Healthy Connections program for youth and older youth. In addition to our integrated programs, Martha’s Table runs emergency relief programs that meet the basic, fundamental needs of our neighbors in crisis. Programs Include: McKenna’s Wagon, our daily mobile food truck; our 7 day a week emergency lobby market; our 4 pm daily meal service; and clothing services through Martha’s Outfitters and the Martha’s Outlet program.

              To learn more about the food assistance available at Martha's Table, visit  marthastable.org. You can also call 202-328-6608.


              DISABILITY SERVICES

              Department of Disability Services
              The Department on Disability Services (DDS) provides the residents of the District of Columbia with information, oversight and coordination of services for people with disabilities and those who support them, such as service providers and employers. Outreach and service coordination services; Development and management of a provider network delivering community residential, day, vocational, employment and individual and family support services; and Operation of a comprehensive quality management program.

              Learn more about the services available at DDS at  dds.dc.gov.  You can also call (202) 730-1700.


              INTERNET & TECHNOLOGY ACCESS

              Office of the Chief Technology Officer D.C.

              OCTO
              The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) is the central technology organization of the District of Columbia Government. OCTO's mission is to direct the strategy, deployment, and management of DC Government technology with an unwavering commitment to IT excellence, efficiency, and value for government, residents, businesses and visitors. OCTO’s ConnectDC program offers low cost internet options as well as technology training and hardware.

              To learn more about the programs available at  octo.dc.gov. You can also call (202) 727-2277


              CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE

              DC Child Care Resource and Referral 
              Kids Comprehensive Services (KCS) LLC was recently awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) grant through the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) Division of Early Learning. KCS has partnered with the Division of Early Learning in the leadership and management of a comprehensive CCR&R system. Some of the   services available include: Helping connect families with early care and education opportunities, including information on how to access educational and financial resources, understand quality child care and the importance of quality in promoting positive child development, and other referrals for supports needed by these families; Connecting early education providers to professional development, provide information to respond to local and federal regulatory requirements to support the workforce; Provide technical assistance consultation and coaching to child development facilities on how to provide inclusive child care settings and to meet the needs of children with disabilities; Provide access to a resource- rich lending library that allows families and early educators to borrow quality literature; Create and maintain collaborative relationships with government agencies and community partners.


              PROFESSIONAL ATTIRE AND JOB READINESS

            A Wider Circle
            At A Wider Circle, we are tired of seeing so many children born into poverty, only to remain there for life. We know that as a region and as a country, we can do better, and it is the mission of A Wider Circle to help one individual and one family after another to rise out of poverty. Through our holistic approach, we serve more than 21,000 children and adults across the D.C. region each year.

            For more information about A Wider Circle’s professional development center showroom and provision of basic need items, visit awidercircle.org. You can also call (301) 608-3504.