Our Stories

Meet Tewabech: A Self-Determined and Artistic Scholar at FLOC

Upon first interaction, Tewabech doesn’t strike you as a typical high school student. She’s reading George Orwell’s 1984 a second time for fun – this time outside of class to get more meaning out if it. If for some reason you needed ceramic carving tools, Tewabech could pull hers out of her backpack for you to borrow.

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Scholars Participate in Writing On Your Feet Workshop

Ann Randolph, writer, performer, and educator, came to FLOC on Thursday, February 6th to teach a creative workshop for 12 of our high school Scholars.  She facilitated large group and paired activities where students were able to use improvisation to explore emotions and conflict, as well to overcome their inner critic and transform ideas into performance. 

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FLOC Remembers Dabney Miller

Dabney N. Miller passed away at his home on February 5, 2014 at the age of 81. He was part of the core group who helped lay the foundation for FLOC. Mr. Miller taught science in public high schools for 15 years. Living within close proximity to Washington, DC, he became aware of the many challenges facing urban youth.

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The News According to Nenis

Ask an adult what they want to be when they grow up. Odds are, they’ll stumble through an answer. Ask Nenis, a sixth grader in the Tuesday Night Reading program, and you’ll hear here confidently say “Journalist.”

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Malik and Me: Adventures in Reading and Writing with FLOC

When I moved to Washington, DC in June 2012, I wanted to volunteer with an organization in the area where I could work one-on-one with someone to have a sense of consistency and to have a more tangible grasp on how my time was making a difference.

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Happy National Mentoring Month!

Last night, FLOC partnered with fellow youth-serving organizations Asian American LEAD, Capital Partners for Education, the College Success Foundation, and Mentors Inc.

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Meet Zoe: A Leaders In Action Student

Zoe is one of our 8th grade Leaders In Action (LIA) students. When asked what she has learned the most through LIA, she responded, “Leadership. I have learned more about group dynamics and that in order for a group project to get done there has to be leaders and followers. 

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Scholars Kickoff Spring Semester with Theme Workshops

In the Scholars Program we began this spring semester with theme programming: four weeks of project based learning.  Before break we had students rank topics they were most excited to learn about.

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Introducing the FLOC Champions Network!

There’s a brand new initiative at FLOC called the FLOC Champions Network, a cohort of current volunteers who are eager and excited to assist with FLOC’s fundraising efforts, create a sense of community among volunteers, and help build capacity for the organization as a whole.

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A Lesson in Perseverance

“I see that you’re getting stern with me.”

Say what? That bit of dry wit comes courtesy of my student, earlier today as we headed to the Fishbowl for a retest. I almost burst out laughing, but instead I just reassured my student that I was simply confident in his abilities and wanted him to do well.

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