For more than a dozen years, Arts on the Block has been providing youth art programs in Montgomery County, and now DC is part of the picture. Through apprenticeships, after-school visual arts programs, and community work, it engages young people in projects that inspire and transform. Its Carroll Avenue Quebec Terrace project brought students and the community together to identify and address concerns: mosaic-adorned stairs and a new lighting project are doing just that. The Community PARTnership concept is now moving to a neighborhood in the Briggs Chaney area. High school students from high-crime and low-income areas become apprentices in AOBís Pour Your ART Out workshop. They earn a stipend while teaching artists and mentors help them work on commissioned art. They hone art skills, and learn patience, teamwork, and communication skills that will serve them in any career they choose. More than 150 of their works can be found in government agencies, schools, and businesses, and participants go on to be teachers, graphic artists, and architects. You can make an investment in their future.