Programs & Services

ACOC PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

The Anacostia Community Outreach Center (ACOC), a multi-service social service agency, dedicated to providing an array of social, education, and training supports in a community based setting. Our programs and services include:

  • Children and Youth Programs — Six-week Summer Camp and Year-Round Child Enrichment Activities; Coming soon: Vo-Camp-Ulary, a Literacy-Focused Year-Round After School Program, and the ACOC Parent Support Program
  • Youth and Adult Education and Training Programs — Adult Basic Education (below 6th grade) GED program, YouthLink DYRS GED program, Essential Life and Employment Skills Training Program for Youth, and Essential Employment Skills Training Program. Coming soon: Certified Information Technology Job Training Institute, and External Degree Program (EDP)
  • Family Strengthening Activities — Food Pantry, Emergency Financial Assistance (Rent/Mortgage/Utilities),  Langston Community Garden Project, Computer Lab and Technology Skills Training Center, Married Couples with Children’s Assistance Program (Marriage First Project), and Family/Couples Counseling

Impact of ACOC’s Program and Services in 2012:

What is ACOC’s impact in the community?

In the last 12 months, ACOC’s community impact in Northeast (Ward 5), Southeast (Ward 8), and Southwest (Ward 6) communities include:

56  |  School-aged children, 3rd through 6th graders, were enrolled in Summer Camp Program (27 kids) and After-school/Enrichment Activities (29 kids)
20  |  Youth and Adult Students obtained their GED and/or High School Diploma.
56  |  Individuals procured Jobs as a result of participating in our programs and services. Of which, 38 were young adults between the ages of 17 and 24.
10,932  |  Total number of meals distributed through the ACOC Food Pantry
53  |  Couples who participated in our Married Couples Training Classes
1,420  |  Total number of households served through all ACOC programs and services (children, youth, adults, seniors and families)


ACOC’s programs and services are carried out at 3 locations in Northeast (Ward Five), Southeast (Ward Eight) and Southwest (Ward Six) quadrants in Washington, DC. By design, ACOC operates its programs within the 2 Public Housing Developments (Langston Terrace Dwelling (NE) and James Creek (SW) Public Housing Developments) both are in, communities known for having the city’s highest dropout rates, unemployment and crime. ACOC locations are:

(Ward Five)


Langston Dwelling Public Housing Development 711, 704 24th St & 2209 H St, NE Washington, DC 20002

(Ward Six)


James Creek Public Housing Development 100 N Street, SW Washington, DC 20024


CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS

ACOC’s After School Program is designed to provide children grades 3td through 8th grade with a safe and academically engaging environment when the school day ends. The aim of our after school program is to strengthen our students academically and address key deficiencies in their skills and learning. Through our program, we provide educational supports that includes: one-on-one tutoring, homework assistance, and learning enrichment activities consisting of field trips, art/music classes, physical education, and team-based self-esteem building activities. Parents will have opportunities for parent/child reading, family meal time, parenting education classes, and family counseling. Parental involvement in their child’s education and development is required for any child in any of ACOC’s children education programs.

  • Eligibility
    Open to all DC 3rd through 8th grade students. Parental participation is required for parent meetings and family-time activities.
  • Fees
    Program is free for all DCPS students. There is a one-time $25 registration fee per child.
  • Hours of Operation
    Monday thru Thursday from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm
  • Schedule
    Program follows DCPS school year Schedule. Go to: www.dcps.gov
  • Location of Program
    2209 H Street NE (Langston Terrace Dwelling), Washington DC 20002
  • To Register
    Call (202) 889-5607 to schedule an appointment. Proof of DC residency/School ID/Birth Certificate/updated Immunization records is required. If applicable, a copy of student’s IEP is required.
  • Contact Person
    Dr. Bevadine Terrell, Children’s Education Program Director

The ACOC Summer Camp is a 6 week summer enrichment program aimed at engaging kids in structured educational and enrichment activities that ultimately work to reduce amount of summer learning loss students may experience over the summer break. The program provides DC elementary and middle school students, 3rd through 8th graders, the chance to participate in a variety of learning and fun-filled recreational activities throughout the DC Metropolitan area. Our summer camp is free of charge to any DC student. The program also offers summer employment opportunities for high school students, 9th through 12th grade, and college students who enjoy working with and mentoring young people.

  • Eligibility
    Campers – Open to all DC 3rd through 8th grade students. High School/College Camp Counselors- 9th through 12th grade and college students.
  • Fees
    Program is free for all DCPS students. There is a one-time $25 registration fee per child.
  • Hours of Operation
    Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm
  • Schedule
    The Summer Camp starts the week after the DCPS school year ends. Go to www.dcps.gov for DC school schedule.
  • Location of Program
    2209 H Street NE (Langston Terrace Dwelling), Washington DC 20002
  • To Register
    Call (202) 889-5607 to schedule an appointment. Proof of DC residency/School ID/Birth Certificate/updated Immunization records is required. If applicable, a copy of student’s IEP is required. We accept application beginning May 1st. Registration is done on a first come basis.
  • Contact Person
    Dr. Bevadine Terrell, Children’s Education Program Director, bterrell@anacostiaoutreach.org

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Activities

We believe that in order to better compete with their international peers in the 21st century, our children need to be prepared to work in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. This belief has lead us to include in our After School and Summer Camp Programs STEM focused activities that are hands-on and that get them excited about STEM fields and careers.

ACOC was recently named a Community Based Partner in the DC Housing Authority’s Langston Dwelling Sustainable Energy Redevelopment Project at the site of the old Langston Terrace Power Plant in Northeast DC (Ward 5). The Langston Sustainable Energy Power Plant Project is a 5 year sustainable energy project designed to create a sustainable power source for the housing units and residents in the Langston Terrace Dwelling Public Housing Development. This partnership will give the students in ACOC’s Children and Youth Programs the opportunity to participate in a variety of individual and group projects, field trips, career exploration, and mentoring by local STEM professionals associated with the Langston Sustainable Energy Project and sustainable energy initiatives throughout the District.

VO-CAMP-U-LARY: A Vocabulary Building and Reading Improvement Initiative

Vocabulary is one of five core components of reading instruction and is essential to successfully teaching children how to read. Students’ word knowledge is linked strongly to academic success because students who have large vocabularies can understand new ideas and concepts more quickly than students with limited vocabularies (National Reading Panel, 2000). The ACOC Vo-Camp-u-lary program is a full school year vocabulary building and reading improvement initiative designed to: 1) promote word consciousness; 2) teach independent word-learning strategies, including the use of context clues, the use of word parts, and the efficient use of the dictionary; 3) teach word meaning; 4) encourage reading; and, 5) expose students to high-quality oral language. The core components of our Vo-Camp include: phonemic awareness, phonics and word study, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The program will work with local elementary schools and middle schools (1 in SE and 2 in NE DC), teachers, and parents to identify and serve students who are reading below grade level, exhibit poor reading and comprehension skills, and have limited vocabularies and word knowledge. Activities consist of teacher-led classes, one-on-one reading instruction, small group tutoring, and enrichment activities that are both fun and educational in a safe, nurturing, learning environment..


YOUTH and ADULT EDUCATION & TRAINING PROGRAM

ACOC operates one of the District’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) funded Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) Preparatory Program. Our highly trained and dedicated staff and volunteer tutors provide adult learners, ages 18 and older, with ABE and GED educational instruction in a classroom setting. Our ABE program, a 12-week self-paced program, is for students of all ages who are initially assessed to function below 8th grade levels in math, reading and writing. The goal of our ABE program is to move students to 8th grade proficiency in these essential learning areas. Once they reach this goal, they can seamlessly transition into our GED Prep Program. Our GED Preparation Classes (1 to 12 month self-paced program) offers both an independent study component and instructor lead courses designed to prepare students to pass their GED exam.

We also offers GED preparation opportunities specifically tailored to youth, ages 18 to 21, referred to us by the DC Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) program. To qualify to participate in our DYRS Youth GED Program, one has to contact his or her DYRS Case Manager and request to be assigned to ACOC’s program.

In an effort to reduce barriers to learning, we also additional supports to students of: individual education and career planning, case management, access to computers and Instructor led basic computer skills training classes, job readiness/life skills training, college preparation, and family strengthening supports, i.e. food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, and parenting skills training.

We accept walk-ins and direct referrals from partnering agencies on Monday thru Thursday from 10 am until 1 pm. The ACOC ABE/GED Program is open to any adult 18 years of age and older. Enrollment in the program is based on class availability. Anyone coming in to enroll in our GED program should expect to spend 3 to 4 hours that same day to complete the entire enrollment process.

Our general GED classes meet Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Additionally, advanced students have the opportunity to participate in our Fast-Track GED classes. Accelerated GED classes are open to students have either already taken the GED exam but did not pass all sections, or have taken and passed the GED Practice Test. Our Fast-Track GED classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

  • Class Schedule
    ABE/GED Class Schedule – Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
    Accelerated Classes: Mon/Wed/Friday, from 12 noon to 5 pm.
  • Registration
    Walk-ins accepted. Scheduled appointments Mon-Thurs, from 10am to 1pm.
    Registration includes: Registration, orientation, testing and assessment. Please allow 3 to 4 hours to complete the registration process.
  • Eligibility
    Open to any DC student 18 years of age and older. Must be a DC resident.
  • Cost of Program
    Free to all DC residents
  • Location of Services
    ACOC
    Youth and Adult Education & Training Center
    707 24th Street NE B-Level
    Washington, DC 20002
  • Contact Info
    Appt. | Brenda Mitchell, Program Assist. | bmitchell@anacostiaoutreach.org [ e-mail ]
    Mgr. | Desire DuBose, Lead GED Instructor | ddubose@anacostiaoutreach.org [ e-mail ]
    (202) 889-5607 main
    (202) 889-3219 fax

The ACOC Essential Life and Employment Skills Training Program helps young adults, ages 18 to 24, acquire a comprehensive set of interpersonal, job preparedness, and technical skills they need to seek and retain employment at livable or above wage, and positively contribute to their household and community. Our 12-week, Instructor led and self-pace, program uses real world techniques to prepare youth for employment. The youth in our program will participate in structured classes of life skills and employability training, appropriate work place behavior and attitude, dressing for success, interviewing skills, and job placement support in order to increase the number of realistic employment options for our youth to navigate and succeed in life.

  • Class Schedule
    Mon/Wed/Thursday, from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. Classes begin the 1st week in Jan, April, July, and October
  • Registration
    Walk-ins accepted. Scheduled appointments Mon-Thurs, from 10 am 1 pm. Registration includes: Registration, orientation, testing and assessment. Please allow 3 to 4 hours to complete the registration process.
  • Eligibility
    Open to young adults 18 to 24 years of age. Must be a DC resident.
  • Location of Services
    ACOC
    Youth and Adult Education & Training Center
    707 24th Street NE B-Level
    Washington, DC 20002
  • Contact Info
    Appt. | Brenda Mitchell, Program Assist. | bmitchell@anacostiaoutreach.org [ e-mail ]
    Mgr. | Cynthia Pineda, Job Developer | cpineda@anacostiaoutreach.org [ e-mail ]
    (202) 889-5607 main
    (202) 889-3219 fax

JOBs Training Institute, powered by ACOC

Beginning in January 2014, the new JOBS Training Institute, powered by ACOC, will provide students, with a minimum of a high school equivalency education with specialized training for livable earning IT jobs with a National/Local DC based Technology Solutions and support services firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  ACOC is licensed by the DC Higher Education Commission to provide Certificate Training in 4 Information Technology (IT) job sectors of: 1) Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS); 2) IC3; 3) A+ Certification; and, 4) an Employer Specific IT Certification Training. The JOBS Center will recruit students who are un/underemployed, TANF recipients, ABE/GED students, and youth and adult re-entry citizens living in the district.  The ACOC JOBS Training Center will house a collaboration of nonprofit organizations, IT training and private industry companies.  Please click here for a copy of our School Year 2014 Course Catalog (PDF).


FAMILY STRENGTHENING PROGRAMS

For the past 20 years, the ACOC Food Pantry Program has provided free bagged groceries to hungry families, seniors, and single adults. On average, the program hands out approximately 600 bags of groceries per month. For what most people spend on eating out any given day ($12), we are able to provide groceries for an entire family for a week. Our Food Pantry Program is supported by all-volunteer staff and food donation come to us through the generosity of individuals and our corporate partners. During the holiday season, we hand out hundreds of turkeys and healthy side dishes for Thanksgiving, and food baskets and toys at Christmas, all going to needy families in our community. We take pride in being able to provide this most basic service to those in need, and realize that our Food Pantry provides much needed sustenance to individuals and families that sometimes have no other option. Due to overwhelming demand, our Food Pantry hours are 10am-11:30am Tuesday through Thursday. Food donations are accepted Monday through Friday. Please mail your monetary contributions to support our Food Pantry to: ACOC- 711 24th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. All donations are tax deductible. Required documents for eligibility:

  • Proof of DC residence (State ID)
  • Proof of dependents (birth certificate, school record or lease)

Contact: Ms. Linda Brawner at 202-889-5607; lbrawner@anacostiaoutreach.org
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday; 10 am – 11:30 pm.

ACOC provides emergency financial assistance to DC residents living in Ward 5. We provide one-time emergency financial assistance to pay for delinquent rent (excluding security deposits), mortgage, and/or utility payments. Financial assistance is based on per family need and the availability of funds. To be eligible for assistance, one must have a valid ID and reside in Ward 5. Registered by the Mayor’s office as an official provider of emergency financial assistance, ACOC is proud to be a resource to provide these most basic needs for the individuals and families we serve. Required documents for eligibility:

  • Proof of DC residence (State ID)
  • Delinquent or Disconnection Notice

Contact: Ms. Linda Brawner at 202-889-5607; lbrawner@anacostiaoutreach.org
Hours: Monday – Friday; 10 am – 4 pm. (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

The ACOC Computer Lab and Technology Skills Training Center offers computer access, free intensive computer classes, one-on-one tutoring, job search counseling and life skills courses, all designed specifically for the learning styles of adults struggling with low-literacy and un/under employment. Our computer lab is equipped with 12 desktop computers. Each has internet and printing access for residents in Langston Dwelling and Carver Terrace Public Housing Developments in Northeast Washington DC. Required documents for eligibility:

  • Proof of DC residence (State ID)

Contact: Mrs. Pineda at 202-889-5607 or 240-481-0513; cpineda@anacostiaoutreach.org
Hours:
     SE Campus – Tuesday–Friday | 10am – 2pm
     NE Campus – Monday–Friday | 12 noon – 4pm.

With Langston Dwellings Community Garden Association The Langston Community Garden Project, in partnership with the Langston Dwelling Community Garden Association, provides gardening, arts, nutrition, and environmental education to children, seniors, and families living in the Langston Dwelling Housing Development in N.E. Washington, D.C. The children and families in Langston Dwelling plant and maintain their own garden beds and participate in cooking, arts and other garden related projects. Our kids get to regularly sample the fruits of their labor right off of the vine, and typically take home some of the produce that they’ve grown for their families. Produce from the garden is also used for cooking lessons, community meals, and provides fresh vegetables for ACOC’s Food Pantry. The Community Garden Project serves an extremely important purpose in teaching not just gardening skills, but sustained healthy eating practices that can positively impact the lives of our children, seniors, and families for years to come. Required documents for eligibility:

  • Reside in the Langston Dwelling Public Housing Development
  • Proof of DC residence (State ID or Lease)

Contact: 202-889-5607
Hours: SEASONAL