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DC ReEngagement Center


We've Moved!

We’ve moved! In 2018, the DC ReEngagement Center (REC) has moved to 100 42nd St. NE Washington, DC 20019 (the old 6D police building). This move is part of an exciting new partnership with the District’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and brings with it great benefits for our staff and clients. At this location the REC will continue to serve 16-24 year olds who have dropped out of high school and would like to get back on track to attain a high school diploma or GED. In addition to our normal services, in our new location, we are pleased to offer a state of the art computer lab, private intake spaces, showers, washer and dryers, and a food and clothing pantry. We look forward to seeing you at our new location soon.

For questions concerning this move, please contact (202) 671-2539 or [email protected].


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 reengagement 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.


  • 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 and who persist and eventually attain their high school diploma.


  • 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


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.

For additional information, please review the ReEngagement Center’s one-pager: English  |  Spanish


Youth interested in talking with someone at the REC, are welcome to come by the center at 100 42nd St. NE Washington, DC 20019 (the old 6D police building) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Fridays.

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