Youth Services 2018-05-25T14:44:01+00:00

Raising kids isn’t easy.

We want them to be happy, healthy, and hard-working, but we can’t be by their side every hour of the day — helping them stay out of trouble and always make the right decisions.

UPO’s Youth Services Division is here to help keep your child fulfilled, focused, and moving forward throughout the day and over the years. Our education and enrichment programs for first-graders to high school seniors are designed to make kids feel better about themselves, improve their academic and social skills, and become productive members of society. We also provide family support services to help create a supportive, nurturing setting for children and their families to develop, grow, and succeed.

Preparing your child for college success

Kids want and need to know that the adults in their lives are invested in their future and committed to helping make their dreams come true.
Providing Opportunities with Educational Readiness (P.O.W.E.R.) is a six-year program designed to help young people in DC’s Ward 8 do well in middle school and high school and ensure that they are academically and emotionally prepared to continue their education after graduation.
P.O.W.E.R. students participate in a wide variety of afterschool, weekend, and summertime activities, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programming and nationally recognized competitions, college readiness lessons, field trips and fairs, and workshops that teach students and their families how to get financial help and prepare for future job opportunities.
And the numbers show that P.O.W.E.R. really delivers! Seventy percent of our youth maintain a “B” average or higher, 30 of the program’s first group of 40 students enrolled in college after graduating high school, and P.O.W.E.R. participants have earned a combined total of $1.5 million in college scholarships.
We work with many other organizations to offer P.O.W.E.R. workshops and services, including the Smithsonian Institute, Bowie State University, Wards 7 & 8 DC Prevention Center, DC College Access Program, and Patriots Technology.
For more information about P.O.W.E.R., contact Program Case Manager Kenny Carroll at 202-610-0466.

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Learning is a year-round activity

When children are supported, motivated, and celebrated, there’s no end to what they can accomplish! That’s why it’s so important to keep them occupied and educated after school, over the summer, and whenever else they need attention and encouragement.
UPO’s Children Reaching Educational Achievements Through Enrichment (C.R.E.A.T.E.) program provides a safe, secure place for children to interact with their friends, meet kids from other areas of DC, keep busy, think differently, learn new things, and eat some healthy snacks.
C.R.E.A.T.E. activities include reading, tutoring, homework help, and the chance to participate in lots of fun and interesting science, math, and arts projects, including taking part in the Destination Imagination program. And C.R.E.A.T.E. is held in your very own neighborhood — at Hendley Elementary School in Ward 8.
For more information about C.R.E.A.T.E., contact UPO’s Youth Services Center at 202-610-0466.

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Putting a down payment on your child’s future

College isn’t cheap. We all want our children to have the opportunity to continue their education, but the financial reality often makes that dream difficult to achieve.
Since 1990, UPO has helped ease the burden of college hopefuls and their families by awarding $10,000 annually to five deserving DC high school students who want to improve their lives and their community by continuing to learn and move forward.
We know that being the first in the family to go to college or being away from home for the first time can be scary, overwhelming, and stressful on students and their families, so we also provide ongoing encouragement, support, and assistance to scholarship recipients.
Over the years, our Joseph A. Beavers scholarship fund, named in honor of the late UPO board member and legendary DC labor leader, has raised nearly $1 million and helped more than 175 students attend the college or university of their choice, including such notable schools as Harvard, Penn State, NYU, Morehouse, and LSU.
For more information about our scholarship opportunities, contact UPO Youth Services Division Director De Angelo Rorie at 202-610-0466.

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College Tours

Exploring the world of opportunities
Many low-income students have never set foot on a college campus, let alone imagined a future rich with the promise and possibility offered by higher education.
Our College Tours program exposes DC students to nearby schools and universities and motivates them to work toward academic success and advancement.
During free daylong visits to such schools as Howard, Georgetown, Delaware State, Virginia Tech, and Princeton, students have the chance to get a taste of campus life, ask questions about school activities and facilities, and determine the best fit for their college future.
For more information about College Tours, contact UPO’s Youth Services Center at 202-610-0466.