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DC ReEngagement Center

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Overview

The DC ReEngagement Center (REC) is a “single door” through which youth ages 16-24 who have dropped out of secondary school can reconnect to educational options and other critical services to support their attainment of a high school diploma or GED. OSSE opened the REC in fall 2014 with strong support from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, the Department of Employment Services, Raise DC’s Disconnected Youth Change Network, schools, community-based organizations, and other key partner agencies.

Description of Services

Services provided by the DC ReEngagement Center include conducting targeted outreach to students who have dropped out, as well as engaging walk-ins and referrals; assessing academic status and non-academic needs of youth and using this information to help them develop personalized engagement plans; identifying good-fit educational options (including DCPS alternative schools, public charter schools, and community-based organizations); supporting the reenrollment process (e.g., collecting required documents, accompanying youth on site visits, connecting to resources that will address reconnection barriers); and providing ongoing support for at least one year once re-enrolled.

The DC ReEngagement Center also conducts intakes at scheduled colocations with partners in Columbia Heights.

Goals

  • To support students who have dropped out of high school by connecting them to services that address barriers to returning to school and reconnecting them to “best fit” secondary credentialing options.
  • To increase the number of disconnected youth who are re-enrolled in educational programs through the REC.

Eligibility

  • Age: 16-24 years old
  • Residence: DC resident, ward of DC, or classified as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Education: No high school diploma or GED, and not currently enrolled in school

Background

As of 2016 there were over 8,000 youth (ages 16-24) residing in the District of Columbia who are not enrolled in school or other educational programs and who do not have a high school diploma or credential. In response to this need, the District established a Re-Engagement Center to serve as a “single-door” through which youth (ages 16-24) who have dropped out can reconnect back to educational options and other critical services to support their attainment of a high school diploma or GED. OSSE spearheaded this effort with strong support from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, the Department of Employment Services, other key partner agencies, Raise DC’s Disconnected Youth Change Network, schools, and community-based organizations.

For additional information, please review the ReEngagement Center’s one-pager.

Contacts

For additional information, email [email protected] and a REC staff member will reply.

Ja’Sent Brown, Director
[email protected]
(202) 698-3532

Isaac Hammond-Paul, Deputy Director
[email protected]
(202) 698-5850