Students at DCPS Title I schools rarely experience the enriching, out-of-class- room learning enjoyed by their more affluent peers. LILI believes this injustice – the “experience gap” – contributes greatly to the achievement gap between students of different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. In response, it ignites student potential through field trips to DC’s historical, cultural, and natural resources. Students investigate the effects of erosion along the Anacostia River; get inspired while exploring Frederick Douglass’s former home; and analyze the challenges of the Great Migration while contemplating the paintings of Jacob Lawrence. LILI provides materials, arranges transportation, and facilitates instruction, including pre- and post-trip lessons. A professional development pro- gram builds teachers’ capacity to lead experience-driven lessons in the classroom. Your support makes history, science, art, and culture come alive for over 2,100 children each year – and generates a priceless love of learning.

Awards & Recognition

2011 CharityWorks Partner
2011 Lehrman Impact Award
2010-2011 Catalogue for Philanthropy Charity
2007 Recipient of Catalogue for Philanthropy Award
2006-2007 Catalogue for Philanthropy Charity


    Budget (FY2013)

    • $3 million or higher
    • $1 million to $3 million
    • The current budget for Live It Learn It is: $500k to $1 million
    • Less than $500k

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