FAN has been leading with love since 2005, serving as a safe place and home for youth and families in Ward 8 who may be impacted by the child welfare system. It runs the only youth Peer-Operated Center in the District, a drop-in community hub that houses an open pantry with prepared meals, fresh produce, and other essential items. After school and in the summer, certified peer specialists engage youth ages 916 in trauma-informed programming while offering their caregivers and alumni (ages 1628) ongoing support and connection: targeted case management, referrals, cultural and recreational activities, and more. 80% of FAN's participants graduate from high school and 81% gain employment but most importantly, they each experience consistent care, love, and safety from a supportive community of adults. Want to make a deep impact where it's needed most? This is the place.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 8

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 8; Congress Heights ; Anacostia

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Awards & Recognition

May 2, 2015 FSFSC (Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative) Award Recipient for Outstanding Administration of a Mini-Grant


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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN) is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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