We have moved our curriculum online to meet the needs of our 460+ low-income high school and college students since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis is much worse for our students who were already vulnerable economically prior to the novel coronavirus.
Through check-in calls and surveys, we’ve learned that the financial impact has threatened the stability of our students’ families, presenting food insecurity challenges, and jeopardizing their college and career goals. As we work to sustain the continuity of our program, we continue to assess and troubleshoot our students’ needs, and offer financial support.
The three primary needs from our students and their families center around: Food Access, Housing, and Navigating Unemployment.
At this critical time when our students need the guidance and helping hands of mentors, and emergency financial assistance to meet their basic needs, we want to ensure we’re able to continue to offer our programming and support more students now and into the future.
Our population is 96% Black and Latino, the communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the Coronavirus crisis here in the District and nationwide. The majority of our students reside in Wards 5, 7, and 8 neighborhoods with some of the highest poverty levels and lowest college attainment rates in DC. Mentoring programs like Capital Partners for Education will be essential to help guide low-income students through this new normal to and through college.
Below is a collection of resources to help you through the days ahead. We will continue to update COVID-19 resources as we receive them from community partners.
Important Phone Numbers
- Families in need of shelter/housing: call 311 or 202-399-7093
- Access to a mental health clinician and suicide prevention lifeline: 1-888-793-4357
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or chat with a specialist
- Child abuse and neglect hotline: 202-671-SAFE
- D.C. Mutual Aid Network hotline: 202-630-0336
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Help Line: 1-800-985-5990
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
- DC SAFE: 24/7 crisis-intervention agency for domestic violence in D.C 1-844-4HELPDC, 911 or 311