DC Community Carrot DC Community Carrot has learned a great deal about how to execute its mission in lifting 18-24 year old Opportunity Youth to the middle class since our official launch in April of 2017. We are extremely grateful for all the support we’ve received as well as the work that our participants have accomplished in such a short period of time. In this blog we’ll be mentioning some notable DC Community Carrot highlights and reflect on the year that was 2017.
DC Community Carrot 2017 Timeline
• After a series of shootings last spring (2016) that left the neighborhood reeling and looking for answers for how to help, the idea for DC Community Carrot was created.
• WUSA9 News coverage – click link here.
• 04/2017 opening - A ribbon cutting ceremony was scheduled for March 25th at 2pm - all were welcome.
• 06/2017 First DC Community Carrot cohort visit to DC department of Regulatory and Consumer Affairs.
• 06/2017 Carrot Pitch Competition – Featured the first cohort pitching their business ideas to select judges in a Shark Tank style pitch. This was the cohorts first shot at pitching their businesses professionally and gauging what they had learned up until that point.
• 08/2017 All active participants had there business licenses and all other necessary documents paid for by our organization.
• 09/2017 WUSA9 Follow up News Coverage – Click link here
• 10/2017 DC Community Carrot first inaugural cohort completion ceremony. We started their post entrepreneur carrot journey with a wonderful ceremony held at WeWork DC, laptops, Laptop bags and other business professional tools for greater success – of course we still keep in contact with the participants.
• 11/2017 NBC4 News coverage – Click link here
• 11/2017 DC Community Carrot publishes press release of transitioning leadership.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the organizations founder David Sheon who has recently moved with hopes of launching a Seattle-based Carrot program. Also special thanks to a very generous volunteer Judy Thompkins and our board members.
This brief overview of DC Community Carrot’s 2017 year does not give justice to the many hours put in, partnerships made, soft skills mentoring, financial counselling and other work done to make the organization what it is today. We are very proud about our past and looking forward to what 2018 has to offer! There are so many ways you can get involved in our program. Whether you're a volunteer, aspiring entrepreneur or entrepreneur ready to inspire, you can join our effort in supporting Opportunity Youth. Learn more on how you can contribute by clicking here. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org