Rachel's Story

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woman on the field at a professional baseball park Washington, D.C.’s Ward 7 is one of the city’s lowest income areas, and it consistently scores lower in math and reading proficiency then wealthier neighborhoods. But fortunately for the children in Ward 7, one CFC-supported organization is making a difference in the lives of local children.

Rachel grew up in Ward 7 and has been participating in the organization’s afterschool programs as long as she can remember. The program exposed her to many new opportunities, including: bowling, roller skating, and knitting! Thanks to the encouragement of the program, Rachel went to college and graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in criminal justice. She is currently earning a Master’s degree in social work.

The organization was founded by a former D.C. police officer when he saw the need to provide guidance to the children in the district. Since most crimes committed by students occur in the afternoon when they are unsupervised, the organization established afterschool programs to develop, engage and inspire local children.

Rachel says, “I wanted to follow in [the founder’s] footsteps and become a police officer, but decided I want to intervene early and prevent children from getting into trouble [later in life]. A lot of kids have trauma and disruption in their lives. They need mentors. They need someone they can trust. They need [the CFC-supported organization].”

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