Guide to Resources in Washington, DC

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Strong Youth Strong Communities Support to Help You

Guide to Resources in Washington, DC

Resources for Youth in the Washington, DC area

The SYSC Resource Guide links you to services and programs in your community that supports health, wellness, and overall well-being. These resources are intended to help in building a network that will enable and empower you to become a Stronger Youth and help us to create a Stronger Community.  We hope that you will engage them as needed and share these contacts with friends, family, neighbors, and peers as tools to address the various challenges that you and others may face today or in the future.

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Youth For Understanding USA

YFU advances intercultural understanding, lifelong learning, global competencies, mutual respect, and social responsibility through transformational educational exchanges for generations of youth, families, and communities, supported by dedicated volunteers and professional staff.

Latin American Youth Center

Our mission is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs.

Junior Achievement of Greater Washington

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, reaching more than 8 million students in 100 countries worldwide.

Greater Washington Urban League

The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL or the League) is on a mission to increase the economic and political empowerment of historically vulnerable and diverse populations.

Horton's Kids Community Resource Center

Horton’s Kids believes circumstance should not dictate a child’s future, and that every child should graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, career, and life. To that end, we provide a holistic, research-based continuum of academic, youth development, and basic needs supports designed to empower children to succeed.


SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region.

Virginia Williams Family Resource Center

Families may access emergency housing through the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (VWFRC), the central intake office for all families in the District of Columbia seeking assistance with their housing needs.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

KIND staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. Together, we ensure that no child stands in court alone.

National Youth Transitions Center

The National Youth Transitions Center provided programs that directly served young people with disabilities, including: Career counseling and exploration and School-to-work readiness training,

Potomac Job Corps Center

At Potomac Job Corps Center, we support the Job Corps program’s mission to teach eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.

Safe Shores

Safe Shores is dedicated to working with and advocating for children and adolescents affected by trauma and violence.

Anchor Counseling Services

Our licensed mental health professionals at Anchor Counseling Services can provide one-on-one counseling to assist you with Depression, Anxiety, Self Esteem, Grief and Loss,and more.

DC Talk Therapy

Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? We specialize in talk therapy with young adults (20s and 30s)

DC Adult Literacy Resource Center

The DC Public Library offers adult literacy services through the Adult Literacy Resource Center (ALRC). The ALRC provides literacy services to young adults (16 years +) and adults and is staffed with adult literacy education specialists.

Applerouth Tutoring Services

ACT, SAT, LSAT, GRE, and more prep

Strive DC

Together, they decided to go beyond the provision of emergency assistance to people who are homeless and others in need. Starting with one staff member, and a small group of volunteers in the basement of St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington now provides services at seven locations in the Washington area.

DC Central Kitchen

DC Central Kitchen’s mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.