Transforming Beacon House’ Education Programs for the 21st Century

Earlier this fall, Collaborative began a year-long journey with Beacon House, a local non-profit organization based right here in Northeast Washington, D.C., to reinvent its afterschool education programs with support from the NCTA Foundation.

Working in partnership with the Beacon House team, we will facilitate community conversations to uncover how kids want to use technology during their afterschool program, and what 21st Century Skills parents think will best prepare their kids for college and the workforce. Using this information, we’ll integrate these hopes and goals into the existing Pre-K to high school afterschool programs at Beacon House.

Founded in 1991 by Reverend Donald E. Robinson, Beacon House has emerged as an anchor in the Edgewood neighborhood over the past 25 years. It provides 150 children and youth annually with comprehensive academic enrichment, mentoring, and award-winning athletics programs. As a result, Beacon House has made strides in closing the education achievement gap for, and improving the economic trajectories of, youths in a neighborhood where generational poverty persists.

Through these new, youth-centered, technology-enabled offerings, Beacon House can take an even bigger leap to bridge this gap, empowering its students to become the creators, innovators, and problem solvers of the future.

The Collaborative Team continues to support and champion the work that our partners do, every single day, to support learning opportunities for all students. We are thrilled to help Beacon House transform its programs over the next year to ensure its children and youth can excel in the 21st century.

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