Executive Summary

Safe House DC is a nonprofit organization providing support to youth, young adults and returning citizens of Washington, DC. The program will form partnerships with local schools, the Department of Employment Services, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Safe House DC’s goal is to foster a commitment to the city’s young people that stimulates pro-social friendships, secure life skills, leadership, entrepreneurship, useful skill sets, and reassert a sense of hope for the future. Through the Safe House DC mentoring program personal relationships that encourage a sense of individual responsibility will be established to give youth the inspiration and ability to choose their path to adulthood with a sense of pride and confidence.  Safe House DC was established in late 2016 as a direct response to the growing number of Washington DC’s youth falling through the cracks of the local school systems or already a number in the juvenile court system. The founders, Mitch Credle-retired homicide detective and Siobhan Dillard-financial analysts, believe young people must be in a caring, inclusive learning environment, which promotes their best efforts and reinforces self-respect as well as respect for others. The organization will work with partners to identify underserved middle and high school youths, young adults and returning citizens that are facing or will face adversities in school and during the transition to adulthood.  Safe House DC will offer courses that combine life skills, financial literacy, and film production. Youth will participate in weekly planned activities and assignments to strengthen skill sets while providing confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Instructors and staff will receive continuous training throughout the year and will participate in monthly meetings to report on the participant’s progress.  Overtime, Safe House DC will create a learning environment that will be an invaluable resource to Washington, DC’s youth and returning citizens, and the community as a whole.