31st Annual FCBA Charity Auction to be held on Tuesday, November 10

Save the Date! The Young Lawyers Committee and FCBA Foundation will hold the 31st Annual FCBA Charity Auction — virtually! — on Tuesday, November 10! Mark your calendars for a virtual benefit and online auction, benefiting Reach Incorporated and the FCBA Foundation. More details to follow!

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About our past beneficiaries

The Modern Classrooms Project empowers educators to meet the unique needs of every learner.  The Project’s award-winning instructional model leverages educational technology and broadband/WiFi connections to ensure that every student has unlimited access to knowledge, learns at his/her own unique pace, and truly masters each skill before moving on to the next.  Funds raised from the 2019 Charity Auction support The Modern Classrooms Project’s incoming group of teaching fellows as they redesign their classrooms to better serve over 2,000 students from low-income communities in the DC area. To learn more about  The Modern Classrooms Project please visit modernclassrooms.org.

New Endeavors by Women (NEW) partners with homeless women in the DC area to empower them to recognize their own worth.  By providing housing, fostering the development of life skills, and promoting education and employment, NEW transforms women’s lives by working to break the cycle of homelessness.  Nearly 30 years later, NEW’s programs and services are even more vital and urgently-needed, as homeless women and children in the District face the most daunting climb out of homelessness ever seen in recent history.  Funds raised from the 2018 Charity Auction support NEW’s Youth Enrichment Program (YEP!), which provides school help and a summer enrichment program for children.  To learn more about NEW please visit http://nebw.org/.

SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood. Over the past three decades, SMYAL has opened its doors to over 15,000 youth, providing programs that support young adults to become leaders in their schools and communities. They launched a housing program last year to support homeless LGBTQ youth in their effort to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. This program provides safe housing, life skills classes, and access to behavioral health services, employment, and educational/vocational training. In addition to powerful camps and conferences, SMYAL continues to support LGBTQ youth and foster youth leadership through life changing programming at our after-school youth center. To learn more about SMYAL, visit https://www.smyal.org/.

Miriam’s Kitchen, founded in 1983 as a soup kitchen, has evolved over the years to provide more than meals.  Today, Miriam’s Kitchen is a critical player in the fight to end chronic homelessness in DC.  On the direct services level, Miriam’s Kitchen serves nearly 5,000 guests annually, helping them to improve their health, increase their income and obtain housing through a range of programs and partnerships.  And at the systems level, Miriam’s Kitchen works with leaders across the city to make instances of homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.

The Fishing School (TFS), founded in 1990 by retired Metropolitan police officer Tom Lewis, prepares public school elementary and middle school students for success in high school and life by improving their academic performance and life skills; and engaging them and their parents in intensive, multi-year, and research-based out of school time and parent engagement programs and activities. Named after the adage, “If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will feed himself for a lifetime,” TFS believes that children succeed in school when they are provided support in math and reading, develop sound life skills, and when their parents are engaged. TFS supports over 400 students from DC’s most underserved communities in Wards 6, 7, and 8, and engages them in a multi-year program model designed to give them the academic and social tools to succeed in their academic and workplace careers.

BUILD Metro DC offers a four-year program that targets high school students in low-income communities who are not on-track academically and are at the highest risk of dropping out of school. Through entrepreneurship-based, experiential learning, BUILD equips these youth for high school, college, and career success.  From their freshman through senior year of high school, BUILD guides participating students through every step of starting and running a licensed business, including writing a business plan, working in teams, pitching investors, budgeting, manufacturing, and selling products. “BUILDers” also receive extensive academic training, including classroom tutoring, free SAT and ACT prep courses, college application guidance, and financial aid support.  BUILD’s efforts have had a demonstrable impact on the lives of these students, with 100 percent of BUILD Metro DC seniors having graduated high school and enrolled in a college or university. To learn more about Build Metro DC, visit http://build.org/.

Horizons Greater Washington, an affiliate of Horizons National, develops public-private partnerships between independent and public school communities to provide academic, cultural, and recreational programs designed to empower economically disadvantaged students to realize their full potential. The gap in academic performance between low-income and higher-income students in Washington, DC, is one of the highest in the nation. The consequence of this achievement gap is that only 60 percent of the region’s low-income youth graduate from high school. Only one in three goes to college. Horizons helps students beat these odds. 100 percent of Horizons Greater Washington students graduate from high school and 85 percent go to college. These students are breaking the cycle of poverty! They are productive members of their communities. Horizons Greater Washington is committed to the development of the whole child by providing experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for oneself and others, and encourage a life-long interest in learning. To learn more about Horizons Greater Washington, visit www.horizonsgreaterwashington.org or email Ash Blankenship at ablankenship@horizonsgreaterwashington.org.

Transitional Housing Corporation (THC) provides housing and comprehensive supportive services to homeless and at-risk families to help them make transformational changes in their lives. There are 983 homeless families in the District, with 1,868 children among them (2013 MWCOG Point in Time Survey).  The lack of affordable housing in the metro area is at a critical level. Support from the FCBA Foundation’s 2012 Annual Charity Auction has allowed THC to increase the number of homeless families it serves to more than 500. Additionally, the generosity of FCBA members and friends permits THC to deepen the supportive services offered to include: Case Management, Employment Services, Life Skills Training, Youth Enrichment Activities, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling. THC is also grateful for the additional volunteer support of FCBA Foundation members, who have gone above and beyond to empower THC families to transform their lives. In 2012 FCBA Foundation members planned and chaperoned a fun, educational fieldtrip to the Newseum for 14 THC families. Additionally, the FCBA Charity Auction Committee – in conjunction with the FCBA’s Privacy and Data Security Committee – presented a family online safety training program for THC families. The event was one of the best-attended sessions that THC has hosted and received an enthusiastic welcome from the children and their parents. For additional information and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.thcdc.org or email Kate Stritzinger at kstritzinger@thcdc.org. Together we can give homeless families hope for a brighter future!

Sitar Arts Center – From cultivating school-readiness in preschoolers to building workforce development skills for teens, Sitar Arts Center is a vital resource for families with low incomes who would not otherwise have access to the lasting benefits of a comprehensive arts education. In 2012, support from the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation was pivotal in providing the essential financial resources needed for Sitar Arts Center to continue to be a vibrant and creative safety net for children and youth from every Ward in Washington, D.C.  More than 80% of Sitar’s school-aged students come from low-income households; charitable contributions to the Center help to close the gap between the actual cost of Sitar’s programs and what our families can afford to pay. The FCBA’s generous support assisted Sitar in providing more than 750 children and youth with an engaging educational community through which they developed essential 21st century skills through creative and collaborative arts enrichment. The more than $100,000 raised by the FCBA was impactful in 2012 and beyond. This support strengthened Sitar’s fiscal future, ensuring that the Center remains a crucial and sustainable resource for the children and youth of the District. To learn about volunteer opportunities, please visit Sitar’s website (http://www.sitarartscenter.org/volunteers) or contact the Center’s Director of Faculty and Education, A. Lorraine Robinson, at: Lorraine@sitarartscenter.org.