Too often, poverty, poor academic performance, low graduation rates, and unemployment go hand-in-hand. But in the Shaw community of DC, 100 students have an alternative, a “home away from home” where they can tackle reading, math, science, and social studies and take charge of their futures. At New Community for Children kids in grades K-4 focus on core skills, receive homework help, work with a tutor, and read with a reading buddy. Activities for grades 5-12 are designed to enrich and enhance reading, writing, speaking, math, and science skills; photography, dance, gardening, entrepreneurship and college and career exploration round out the program. Family engagement is essential, and workshops aid parents in combating summer learning loss and building reading skills. In addition, NCFC empowers families to make choices about education, working closely with interested students as they apply for financial aid and transition to private, parochial, or charter schools that offer more rigorous college preparatory programs. College is the goal for all NCFC students. With your support, it can be their reality.