In the Congress Heights neighborhood of DC one of the poorest and most violent areas in the city where nearly all children have just one parent (or none) the challenges are many. Housed at Hart Middle School but including elementary, middle, and high school students from more than 12 schools, DCCWW provides a place where students' voices are heard and respected. In in-class and after-school workshops students read a poem, discuss it, use discussion to spark their own writing, and then perform their original poems for the class. The hArtworks Literary magazine showcases student work and many Workshop students go on to win top prizes in local poetry contests. A 2,000-book library and field trips to museums, poetry readings, and plays ensure that kids have inspirational opportunities to encounter worlds outside their own. Five hundred aspiring writers participate each year. You can make a difference in their world.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 8; We specifically work in the Congress Heights area of Southeast, DC. However, students from all over DC attend our after school program, which is held at Charles Hart Middle School.

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Students

Schools They Work In: Charles Hart Middle School, Ballou High School, Simon Elementary

Awards & Recognition

Each year our students win the Larry Neal Awards, Parkmont Poetry Prizes and other writing contests in the area. This year we had 17 out of the 40 winners of the Parkmont Poetry Prizes and we had winners in two categories at the Larry Neal Awards.


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Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
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