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Dear Fair Chance community,


March has been a very exciting month for Fair Chance.  We shifted from a heart-felt graduation ceremony celebrating our current partners to welcoming our 2011 partners.  


I know you will be excited as I am when you read about our partners and our work in this newsletter.  The accomplishments of our partners continue to impress me and the breadth of their work through out the community is sure to spark your passion. As always our sincere thanks for enabling us to help give every child a Fair Chance to succeed.  


-Maria Nagorski, Executive Director 

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2011 Fair Chance Graduation Ceremony

Fair Chance Welcomes our nine First Year Partners


Each year Fair Chance embarks on a journey with a group of new partner organizations.  Organizations led by innovative Executive Directors working to change the lives of children and youth in a range of programs satisfying the needs of the community.  These leaders enter our intensive one-year partnership eager to grow as an organization, deepen their services, and expand their capacity.  


A warm welcome to our first year partners:

Access Youth Inc.

City Gate 

Earth Conservation Corps 

Homeless Children's Playtime Project

The Literacy Lab 


Project Create

Serenity Inc. 

Uplift, Inc.


Explore our partners on our website www.fairchancedc.org


We are thrilled to be highlighting each first year partners throughout the month of April on Find us on Facebook be sure to "Like" us!

Eight Organizations Honored at 2011 Graduation Ceremony


Fair Chance held its annual Graduation Ceremony on March 17, 2011.  More than 90 community, corporate, and nonprofit leaders were in attendance to celebrate eight incredible DC nonprofits.  The evening also allowed Fair Chance to honor Hogan Lovells as the 2011 Community Champion of the Year.  Fair Chance and leaders from these innovative... more 

Exciting News from Fair Chance Partners


Critical Exposure

Students at Roosevelt Senior High School work to open doors in Critical Exposure's S.T.E.P. Up DC  "Front Door" Campaign.   


Earth Conservation Corps

On March 17th, ECC and 300 college students from Minnesota and North Dakota descended on Lower Beaver Dam Creek and Cabin Branch for their 6th annual clean-up.  View photos from the event. 


Free Minds Book Club
Award-winning author Jonathan Franzen visited Free Minds participants as part of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation's Writers in Schools program. Franzen's visit to the DC Jail reaffirmed Free Minds' vision that the power of reading and writing can... read on



M.O.M.I.E.S. Founder Ayize Sabater receives Morehouse College's DC Chapter Man of the Year Award - National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

First Lady Michelle Obama Presented M.O.M.I.E.S. Founder, Ayize Sabater the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. (min 19)

One World Education

One World Educations new class of 2011 One World Student Ambassadors and their teachers and families will be honored on April 28th at the 2011 Youth, Culture, and Learning Celebration. Learn more about the event and register here.


Project Create

Art Auction & Reception  4/7/11 6:30-9:00pm  

If like art and are interested in supporting a dynamic nonprofit, this is an event for you! Read more   


The Urban Alliance
The Urban Alliance was selected into as a part of the youthCONNECT Network in partnership with the Corporation for Community and National Service and Venture Philanthropy Partners.  This partnership will...read more

What's Happening at Fair Chance

Fair Chance welcomes our new development associate Angela Cavanaugh to the team!  We are grateful to add her years of development experience and her dedication to DC children and youth.    


Fair Chance is Hiring!

Fair Chance is seeking an energetic and passionate full time Capacity Building Specialist to provide organizational development and executive coaching to community based organizations serving children and youth location in Wards 5-8 in Washington, DC. To Learn more or apply click here.  


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In This Issue
Fair Chance Welcomes 9 First Year Partners
8 Organizations Honored at 2011 Graduation Ceremony
Exciting Partner News
What's Happening at Fair Chance
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Join us for the First Fair Chance 5k Hosted by American University this Sunday, April, 10th.  


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Fair Chance would like to thank you for your time and services: 

Dan Croft 



Amy Harbison
pen Window Creative Strategies 


Brooke Marshall

Chair, Fair Chance 5k


Jeannan Peterson 

Bank of America


Andy and Bo Razak

Hosts for Fair Chance rug show 


Penny Rigler

Red Hen Design


David Winter 

Hogan Lovells 


Hamza and Yuki Yildiz

Noah, Arks Rug, Istanbul





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