Washington D.C.’s ‘Promise Neighborhood’ Makes School Reform A Community Concern

This time last year, the Parkside-Kenilworth area in Washington D.C. mirrored struggling communities across the United States — low-performing schools went hand-in-hand with high levels of crime and unemployment.Disappointed by the hardshi…

This time last year, the Parkside-Kenilworth area in Washington D.C. mirrored struggling communities across the United States — low-performing schools went hand-in-hand with high levels of crime and unemployment.

Disappointed by the hardships that prevented her students from learning, Irasema Salcido, an educator from the District area, decided to work with members from the community to turn things around, by applying for one of the 21 federal grants offered by a new education program called Promise Neighborhoods, reports Philantropy.com.

Inspired by the success of the “Harlem Children’s Zone,” the federal program Promise Neighborhoods is a government initiative that attempts to break the generational poverty cycle by improving educational and overall life prospects in low-income communities. Nonprofits, including faith-based organizations, and institutions of higher education are eligible for grants to make a difference in their surrounding communities.

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