DC SCORES creates neighborhood teams that give kids in need the confidence and skills to succeed on the soccer field, in the classroom, and in life.

For more information, visit their website.


We envision a DC where every child - no matter their family income - experiences the joys of childhood: sports, arts, service, and being part of a team. Where every child - no matter their family circumstances - is empowered to find academic success and grow into an emotionally and physically healthy teen and adult. Where every neighborhood supports and celebrates its children and their accomplishments on and off the playing field.

Description of Education Initiatives: DC SCORES’ school-based, team-based, whole child programming — delivered through free after-school programs and summer camps facilitated by trained youth development professionals — intentionally integrates soccer, poetry, and service-learning to help low-income 3rd-8th graders throughout the District build physical fitness, find their voice, improve their literacy, increase school engagement, and strengthen ties to their community. This year, DC SCORES is providing year-round programming for more than 2,500 kids at 59 sites. DC SCORES has served more than 20,000 low-income DC children since 1994 and is the flagship affiliate of America SCORES, with programs in 12 cities serving 15,000 at-risk youth annually. DC SCORES, the official community partner of D.C. United, has a waiting list of more than 20 schools.  For more information, visit their education page.

Partnership with DC Collaborative

DC Collaborative member since 2015.

"The DC Collaborative has been a tremendous partner in helping create opportunities for DC SCORES to showcase the arts aspect of our three-pronged innovative program — the poetry side. Many people know DC SCORES for our soccer, but not as many are aware of the self-expression our program instills in DC youth. The Collaborative is helping to change this."

Fun fact! DC SCORES is the flagship affiliate of America SCORES and was created in 1994 by a teacher at Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan.

Contact the education department: Michael Holstein at mholstein@dcscores.org.


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Mailing Address: 975 F Street, NW
Office Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.