Amanda Alexander
DCPS interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander, right, observes a pre-k classroom at Wheatley Education Campus on May, 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Interim schools Chancellor Amanda Alexander recently announced new funding and programs for students aligned with the strategic priorities outlined in A Capital Commitment 2017-22.

The new investments include grants to launch full-service community schools in Wards 7 and 8, a new Health Sciences Academy and a literacy program to support elementary school students.

Additionally, DCPS awarded funding to select schools through Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders and Empowering Males of Color (EMOC) grants, which support young women and men of color.

The Oct. 11 grant announcement coincides with the International Day of the Girl, which aims to highlight challenges girls face, and promote empowerment and fulfillment of their human rights.

“As we make the investments necessary to give every student in DCPS a world-class education and the resources and support they need to reach their full potential, Reign is helping us ensure that our young women of color are not left behind,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement. “On International Day of the Girl, we celebrate all the girls and young women in our schools and commit to ensuring that at every level — every step along the way — we are sending the message that they can achieve at the highest levels.”

Empowering Young Women and Men of Color

This school year, DCPS invested more than $400,000 in Reign and EMOC at the following schools:

• Bancroft Elementary School (Ward 1): Reign grant to start an ethnic studies course after school, and math and literacy enrichment.
• Cardozo Education Campus (Ward 1): Reign grant for monthly workshops with young women, the Michelle Obama mentoring program, and a showcase of organizations that provide support to young women throughout the District.
• Columbia Heights Education Campus (Ward 1): EMOC grant for a mentoring program and to host events focused on the physical, mental, financial, spiritual, creative, and social emotional development of students.
• Eastern High School (Ward 6): EMOC grant for a mentoring program, SAT preparation, and college tours.
• Excel Academy (Ward 8): Reign grant to support the all-girls band, a fine arts program, and other social emotional supports for students.
• Johnson Middle School (Ward 8): Reign grant to host monthly workshops on social emotional learning, self-care, and other topics impacting young women.
• Kramer Middle School (Ward 8): Reign grant for a mentoring program focused on entrepreneurship and to promote social emotional development through workshops and seminars on self-esteem and self-care.
• LaSalle-Backus Education Campus (Ward 4): EMOC grant for a mentoring program and an arts integration character development program.
• Stanton Elementary School (Ward 8): EMOC grant for programming focused on developing hope, self-discipline, integrity, and love in their young kings through mentoring, academic enrichment, and experiential learning.
• Truesdell Education Campus (Ward 4): Reign and EMOC grants for the Elite Scholars program for young women and men, and an empowerment retreat to foster teamwork, character development, and leadership.

Ensuring Excellent Schools

DCPS received a grant from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to launch its 11th National Academy Foundation Career Academy and second Health Sciences Academy at Eastern High School in Ward 6.

The new Health Sciences Academy will prepare even more DCPS students to pursue careers in one of the fastest-growing careers in the country, and more students of color to access health-related fields of study where they are historically underrepresented.

DCPS offers Career Academies across the city in hospitality and tourism, engineering, information.

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