Our mission has become your mission. Look at what we are accomplishing together.

Things are beginning to look and feel different in and around D.C. neighborhoods — particularly for the young people in Wards 7 and 8.

Students who have tremendous potential now have tremendous support for their college goals. Students who might not have thought about college at all now have a path to higher education, many even developing that path in their middle school years. Students who once were at-risk now know they have dedi-cated mentors who care about them and who place expectations upon them — for their behavior, for their grades, for their future. Students who once skipped school now opt for stimulating summer programs because they have a desire to learn and a sense of purpose that spurs them on.

Our work has been rewarding from Day One. We’ve always believed in the importance of our mission, a mission generously backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We believe in it even more today.

Read about students Elsie, Ke’von and St. Claire, and you, too, will believe. Learn about our summer programs, where teachers like Vernon Johnson are making a difference in students’ lives. Take a look at who is partnering with CSF – DC, and you’ll recognize a roster of collaborators who are expanding our mission. Our proof points are our people.

You can feel the hope. You can see the change.

We are thrilled to be in partnership with organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and Trinity Washington University. It is especially validating when partners like DCPS come to us to expand the reach of our Higher Education Readiness Opportunity (HERO) Program. We also are grateful for the support of our major donors, such as the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Costco Wholesale, the Chris Cooley Foundation, the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation and many others.

We know positive change is occurring because we witness it in D.C. and we hear it in our students’ voices. CSF – DC’s programs and interventions are preparing today’s youth to become leaders for our communities.

They are our future — but so are you. Your partnership gives us the power to believe.