Girl Scouts Outreach
Housing on Merit partnered with the Girl Scouts of the National Capital for a four-week outreach program to teach young girls about the Girl Scouts. The group had such a great time that parents took the initiative to start their own troop!
Interrupt the Cycle: Youth Photography Program
Housing on Merit partnered with Enjoy Your Life 365 to start a photography program for youth aged 13-17. The program teaches participants how to use photography to combat negative stereotypes about youth in their community. Part 2 of the program, starting in November 2017, will focus on creating a Living Library documenting the history of Ward 7 through the eyes of our senior residents.
Arts for Young Families Program
Housing on Merit partnered with Project Create DC to offer our residents an Arts for Young Families program. This 8-week program was designed to encourage positive relationship building among young parents and their children.
Youth Summer Camp
Housing on Merit organized the first ever Youth Summer Camp for youth residing at Fort Chaplin. The camp run for 7 weeks beginning in June and ending in August. The youth participated in wide variety of educational and recreational activities to prevent learning loss over the summer. HOM also partnered with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation to provide summer meals to all participants. We also partnered with The First TEE’s outreach program to offer golf lessons at our site.
Nutrition Education Class
We held our first nutrition education class in March 2017. The class was made possible by the D.C. Department of Health’s Eat Smart/Move More Program. Residents learned tips to eating healthy and the importance of being physically active. Participants also received a bag of groceries generously donated by the Central Union Mission.