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New Report Tracks District’s Progress in Helping Youth Succeed

February 5, 2013

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new education effort that seeks to increase outcomes and opportunities for young people.

Raise DC, a citywide partnership focused on raising education outcomes for District of Columbia youth, released a new report this week that clearly tracks the city’s progress in supporting youth from cradle to career. The Raise DC Baseline Report identifies five goals the District aims to reach to help children and youth succeed, as well as core indicators to track the city’s progress toward those goals.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is the underwriter of the report, and through grantmaking, convening, and technical expertise, is proud to play a lead role in helping the District launch Raise DC. We’re also proud of the true collaborative nature of the project – with representatives from the government, private, philanthropic and non-profit sectors, Raise DC joins a national movement of cities working to bring together a cross-sector group of leaders organized around a set of common goals and committed to using data to drive improvements.

Quoted in yesterday’s Washington Post, Community Foundation President Terri Lee Freeman outlined how the goals in the report card will help make more efficient and effective use of philanthropic dollars: “It’s not just pulling stuff out of the air, but looking at data to determine how should we use resources in the public school system, and in the community, to move young people to the points where we want them to be.”

The report and more details can be found at

To learn more about Raise DC, go to or contact Lee Christian Parker, Director, Education Initiatives at 202-263-4762 or

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