Impact: More Than Numbers
Our impact is measured by more than just numbers. It is measured by the lives we touch, relationships we build, and communities we help to heal. Since our founding we’ve found multiple ways to be a part of progress towards a brighter day.
Our We first met Darryl as a rising senior during an interview for our program Project Dream Green. Presidential Scholarship Award from Georgetown University. The award grants Darryl a full scholarship to Georgetown University for all four years.
Darryl was an avid participant on the media team during our summer 2010 program, learning to tell his story through media training while helping improve the environment in Ward 7. Darryl even joined us for a fun Saturday to work on a video expression of our motto “When Dreams Emerge, Communities Arise!.”
Our impact has been measured through our various programs: Aya Community Markets, Walking the Dream Path, and Project Dream Green. We’ve partnered with local community and national organizations and institutions such as:
- Christ United Methodist Church
- Groundwork Anacostia DC
- Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church
- Ophelia Egypt Center
- Ward Memorial AME Church
- American Public Health Association
- SEED Public Charter School
- Spingarn Senior High School
- Cesar Chavez Public Charter School – Parkside Campus
- Nia Community Public Charter School
- National Parks Service
Implementing Walking the Dream Path at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy – Parkside Campus, Nia Community Public Charter School and Spingarn Senior High School we’ve seen:
- 75 % of students improved their grades.
- 82 % of students demonstrated classroom behavior improvement.
- 82 % of students improved their attitudes towards school.
- Student detentions decreased by 30% over the program period.
- Student suspensions decreased by 27% over the program period.
In Project Dream Green we partnered with Groundwork Anacostia River DC to impact 72 youth, the community and the environment from three community-based sites in Ward 7. Click here to see Project Dream Green by the Numbers.
Since launching Aya Community Markets, we’ve seen the potential that lies in social business as a sustainable way to address issues in underserved communities. Our inaugural season’s accomplishments are captured in the following inforgraphic…but we can’t wait to make a bigger impact in seasons to come.