After further analysis of past cohort participants from underserved communities in Petworth and across Washington, D.C., DC Community Carrot realized that greater collaboration should be placed on supporting children, youth and families to become not only connected to the entrepreneurship training ecosystem but also emboldened and healthy. This is why we are proud to announce our partnership with the Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative (GAFSC).
Carrot strives to break the cycle of poverty in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with the focus on creating pathways to the middle class for adolescent youth by helping them identify and secure living wage employment and/or launch business enterprises through entrepreneurial endeavors in high demand career fields. GAFSC’s mission is to support children, youth and families to become healthy, empowered and connected in a multi-cultural community. Additionally, GAFSC supports efforts to promote and expand living wage employment opportunities for underserved and at-risk residents of the Petworth community.
After engaging in thoughtful discussion, Carrot and GAFSC determined it would benefit the community at-large by coming together, signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and launching the project entitled “Creating Tomorrows Citizens Today” as a joint undertaking.
Below are the following areas that Carrot and GAFSC will be managing during the partnership:
Organize and conduct employment readiness/soft skills training for at-risk, out-of-school youth living within the Petworth neighborhood.
Provide career counseling services and opportunities for participants to engage in: 1) one-on-one career exploration, 2) competency-based employability assessment and 3) comprehensive career path planning leading to living-wage jobs, self-employment and/or the establishment of micro-business enterprises.
Assist in conducting mentor training for GAFSC recruited business operators to be involved in providing on-the-job training, apprenticeship and internship opportunities for participating youth.
Assist in the identification, recruitment, and referral of at-risk youth and young adults as participants in Carrot developmental programs.
Support DC Carrot programming by providing select GAFSC services for participants as may be appropriate.
Assist in providing Volunteer/Intern opportunities to Carrot participants as appropriate.
For more information, visit DC Community Carrot and Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative.