The Amy Jacques Garvey Institute – named after a Jamaican-born writer, civil rights activist, and feminist – serves at-risk youth ages 14 to 24 who live in Washington, DC, wards 5, 7, and 8. Since 1985, the nonprofit has focused on helping underserved youth graduate from high school and continue their education by offering them tutoring and training, and support from caring, consistent adults.
The Institute provides 45 high schoolers with year-round, daily tutoring, life skills, leadership development, and career development, as well as school and family support services. And the nonprofit doesn’t stop serving after the youth in the program graduate: The Institute partners with local businesses and organizations to provide their youth with work experience. They also offer technical training in areas such as telecommunications, office operations, computer technology, and software programming.
This month, we spoke to Executive Director Kendall Bryan to get more details on how this organization serves DC youth.Read more
Ready for a recess from adulting?
Here’s your chance to dodge responsibilities and keep away from corporate concerns at DC Field Day presented by Events DC on Saturday, July 28, on the RFK Festival Grounds– Lot 6 (grass along Oklahoma Ave.). All day long, you’ll play classic games from tug-of-war to sack races. When you work up an appetite, visit the many food trucks You can relax and shop with vendors, or just sit and chill at the grown-up twist of a fully stocked bar.Read more
If there’s one thing we love doing, it’s giving back to the community. We especially love it if it helps local youth. In fact, we love doing it so much that we put our money where our mouths are by granting funds to organizations with the mission to impact youth development in sports and the arts. There’s still time to apply. The deadline is August 1.Read more
Working together is what our community is all about, so we are hosting the Events DC Summer Movie Series presented by RCN, every Thursday evening for the next month on the RFK Festival Grounds – Lot 6 (grass area along Oklahoma Ave). This free, family-friendly event will feature blockbuster movies and all community members are encouraged to bring their picnic blankets.Read more
Watching the World Cup in Russia these past weeks has really ramped up our excitement for soccer! And it’s about to get a lot more exciting because the FIFA World Cup is coming to North America in 2026 and Washington, DC is in contention to host some games, possibly even the semi-finals, if we are named a host city.Read more
The RFK Stadium campus is now home to SPK (Summit Point Kart) Capital Raceway, an entirely unique kind of go-kart racing. With all new tracks and updated karts, SPK is far different from the amusement park go-karts you may have driven in the past.Read more
Have you heard the news? Our neighborhood is now home to world-class go-kart racing, right on the Festival Grounds at RFK, and if you go on a Thursday or Saturday, stop by the Farmers Market next door. Stay just a bit longer on Thursday nights to catch an outdoor movie on the Oklahoma Avenue lawn.
Where else can you find some of summer’s most popular activities in one place?
With all the fun of DC in the summertime, fall seems like a long time away, but we know it’ll sneak up on us. It always does. So be sure to plan now to join us for the next RFK Campus Quarterly Meeting on Monday, August 27. We will have updates to share with you about our continuing work on the campus revitalization and groundbreaking.
But you don’t need to wait until the meeting to find out what’s happening in the neighborhood. Check out www.rfkcampus.com, or find us on Facebook and Twitter. Spread the word and let your friends and neighbors know that you stand #RFKReady.
*SAVE THE DATES*
2018 RFK Campus Quarterly Meetings
Monday, October 15
Thursdays and Saturdays (year-round)
Festival Grounds at RFK (Lot 7)
7:00am - 3:30pm
Saturday, June 8 - Sunday, June 17
Locations around the city
DC JazzFest brings America’s singular original art form to various venues around the city. Find details on artists, locations, and tickets at www.dcjazzfest.org.
Saturday, June 9
Along the Anacostia River near RFK Stadium
This year, nearly 30 well-known artists will showcase their unique crafts alongside a variety of food trucks offering some of the city’s favorite dining options.
Sunday, June 10
Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium
Join us for the largest Caribbean food festival in the U.S., right here on the RFK Stadium Festival Lawn.
Sunday, June 10
Get ready for some soccer excitement as neighbors and rivals El Salvador and Honduras battle it out for bragging rights.
Saturday, June 16
Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium
The world’s first running music festival is music-festival-meets-fun-run. Dance along the way at party zones, then cross the finish line to the main stage after party.
Friday, June 22
Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium (Lot 8)
The HookieLife team is turning up the heat again for the 9th installment of their marquee event for Hookie Weekend: Hookie DC. Hookie DC will be a gathering of the DMV’s finest for a day of music, fun, and a celebration of Caribbean culture, featuring vendors, food and an all-star cast of local and international DJ’s and artists to provide you with unparalleled entertainment and vibes.
Saturday, June 30
Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium (Lot 8A)
Trill Grill is an annual music and experience festival that blends summer’s most anticipated events into one unforgettable outdoor experience, featuring some of DC's best grill masters, food trucks, game zone and trap yoga. The 2018 lineup includes Big K.R.I.T., Bun B, DJ Mr. Rogers, and more.
Link to http://dcjerkfestival.com/
Step Afrika! is many things. The company is the first in the world dedicated to the art of stepping. It’s a Smithsonian feature at the National Museum of African-American History & Culture. The members performed at the White House for former President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama. And it’s even a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to using stepping as a tool for education.
Stepping is an artistic expression based on song and dance rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities. These rituals date back to the early 1900s. When Step Afrika! was founded in 1994, they began integrating stepping with tap, modern, and hip-hop dance styles. Today, the company is one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the United States and performs in over 50 cities each year.
In addition to their artistic achievements, Step Afrika! uses their dance form as an educational tool for grades K-12 and beyond. This month, we spoke with founder C. Brian Williams to ask some questions about how they’re educating the community.Read more
Since 1993, East of the River Steelband has provided music education and mentorship for youth ages 9 to 18. The program teaches steel pan music, an acoustic genre invented in Trinidad. The instructor is a professional steel pan master, Roger Greenridge, who uses the traditional Caribbean method of rote repetition and memorization without reading music. The program has created a renowned musical group that has performed many times around the DC area and regionally including at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Soccer Games in Atlanta.
While music is at the heart of the Steelband, it isn’t the group’s only focus. Its life skills training educates youth on substance abuse prevention, anger management, self-esteem, and self-improvement. This combination of musical and life training has garnered excellent results for East of the River Steelband alumni: 95 percent of youth graduate high school and 80 percent go on to college. This month, we asked Executive Director Linda Y. Fisher to tell us more.Read more