Youth Development Philosophy

It is our belief that we must develop better young people, and not just better students.  The DC Trust aligned skill development to citywide youth development outcomes across the age groups: children (5–12 years), youth (13–18 years), and young adults (19-24 years). This key integration of developmental outcomes and hard skills is a breakthrough approach to youth programming that allows us to strengthen neighborhoods across the city and develop more well-rounded young people.

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