Category: Youth


The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is currently accepting applications for its summer leadership program in Washington, DC. The Institute provides America’s best and brightest African American male college students with unparalleled networking opportunities, leadership development, and life long mentorship.

• Exposure to congressmen, Supreme Court justices, doctors, business executives, educators, and other influential leaders
• Rigorous academic seminars
• Roundtable discussions, including seminars on leadership development
• High‐level internships around Washington, DC
• Activities that promote strong bonds with each other

• The program runs from June 5 to July 31, 2010
• Students must commit to two‐summers
• Housing is paid for by the Institute
• Students work at paid internships based on their career interest

You should be a college sophomore to apply. The Institute does not have a GPA requirement. However, the median GPA for recent classes is 3.65. An applicant’s GPA is not the only criterion that is evaluated during the admissions process. Campus involvement, awards earned, athletics, and volunteer work are also important factors.

The application can be found on the web at
Applications must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline.

Inquiries should be directed to or (202) 659‐2831.

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We are fast-approaching our special October 1st gathering that will celebrate the many wonderful accomplishments you helped make a reality over the past 13-plus years.

After sending 1,000 high school students to college and nearly 14 years of forming thousands of relationships between students from Washington, D.C. public schools and members of the regional business and political communities, Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund will close its doors for good this fall.

On Thursday, October 1, 2009 politicians, local celebrities, donors, students, and volunteers will gather at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C at 801 K Street, NW (near the Washington Convention Center) for a closing gathering to celebrate the 1,000 students who received internships, academic scholarships, SAT preparation, mentoring and so much more through Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund.

NBC 4 News Anchor Jim Vance will serve as host for the special ceremony commemorating Hoop Dreams.

Please click here to purchase your tickets today!! Proceeds from the event will be placed in a legacy fund that will continue to support Washington, D.C. high school students. Your contributions will help keep the dream that inspired Hoop Dreams alive.

Parking will be available at the City Place Parking Lot located at the corner of 9th & K Street NW across from the Washington Renaissance Hotel. Business attire is suggested.

HDSF was also recently featured in The Washington City Paper.

black luv festival

The National Black L.U.V. (Love Unity Vision) Festival—DC’s Largest HIV/AIDS awareness event—will be held September 20, 2009, at Fannie Lou Hammer Park (4th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW). This will mark the 12th anniversary of the Festival, which is known as much for providing top-notch musical entertainment as it is for challenging attendees to be more conscious of the role they play in improving conditions in the Black community.

Some Festival Highlights for 2009 are:

  • Come Test Drive GM’s Hydrogen Vehicle prototype!
  • D.C.’s largest HIV/AIDS awareness mobilization
  • Stop the Violence Music Award honors Hip Hop Pioneers Grand Wizard Theodore (inventor of “scratching”) & Roxanne Shante
  • Presentation of the Fannie Lou Hamer World Community Service Award to Elaine Brown, author of “Taste of Power” and former chairwoman of the Black Panther Party
  • Main Stage – Starts at 12 pm! 100 % solar-powered!  With a Michael Jackson Tribute by DJ Scientific with DChase & Soul Train Line
  • Kids Village Pavilion – Activities Start at 12:30 pm.  Loads of Activities and Scheduled Performance by Beat Ya Feet Competition by the Beat Ya Feet Kings of America’s Best Dance Crew
  • Health & Wellness Pavilion – Activities Start at 12 pm — 30 minutes sessions on Women’s Health Care, Mental Illness, Breath work, Acupuncture, Yoga and More!
  • Health Care Reform Pavilion (NEW) – Session Starts at 2:30 pm — 1 hour information session with 3 renowned speakers on the state of Health Care Reform

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