AmeriCorps Week: Team DC

By Fox on April 9, 2012 in AmeriCorps

Greeted by balmy spring weather, Team DC members started off AmeriCorps Week putting their green thumbs to use at The Washington Youth Garden (TWYG), part of the National Arboretum.  Established in 1960, TWYG provides educational programs for youth of the DC metro area.  Focused on teaching youth about nutrition, about where food comes from, and about urban gardening, TWYG offers year-round classes to families and school-based programs.  In preparation for the growing season, Team DC spent a portion of the day weeding and mulching the surrounding butterfly garden.

The remainder of the day was spent at Transgender Health Empowerment’s (THE) Wanda Alston House.  This home provides transitional housing for LGBTQ homeless youth of DC.  Being the only housing directly serving this population in DC, it became the clear choice for Team DC’s long term project (LTP) efforts. After meeting a couple of residents and taking a tour of the house, the team was able to sit down with a current resident and discuss the vision for the house, and her experiences, so we could establish a better idea of where the focus of DC’s LTP was headed.

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