This summer, six Eastern Senior High School students from the school’s innovative Health & Medical Science Academy (HMSA) served in internships this summer with MedStar Health via the Rx for Success program. The students worked across MedStar Health in Neurosurgery, the Cancer Institute, the SiTEL lab, as well as in nursing and rehabilitation. These internships are the end of a year-long, competitive ‘Easternship’ program coordinated by CforC and supported by our corporate partners.
The ‘Easternship’ program is designed to build upon lessons that the students learn throughout the year in the classroom. Through the program, CforC brings in corporate and nonprofit partners to provide professional development lessons. The lessons, including topics ranging from communication and etiquette to resume writing and interviewing are designed to help students prepare for success in a professional workplace.Read more
B Local Mid: Atlantic Event Follow-up: Continuing the conversation on diversity, inclusion and equity
AE Works is excited to be a steering committee member of B Local: Mid Atlantic, a group of Certified B Corps from DC, Maryland, VA, PA and beyond working to foster connections among organizations in our region who share our purpose and passion for using business as a force for good. As a part of our involvement, we have helped organize events to help businesses act on their purpose to achieve social and environmental impact.
At our B Local Mid Atlantic panel discussion in May, The Impact of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity in the Workplace, our panel from B Corps and Non-profits offered diverse perspective and insights on what being an inclusive company means, why it matters and what offered ideas for attendees to bring diversity into their organizations.
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Great experience. Inspiring. Defining moment for our students.
These are the words of five Eastern students who, thanks to Hooks Book Events, saw Ta-Hehisi Coates speak.
As part of our work to expose students to new opportunities and promote literacy, students attended a conversation with Mr. Coates author of The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me. In the words of their adviser:
The students all really enjoyed the talk with Mr. Coates. He addressed issues of race, racism, inequality, parenting, education, politics, and so much more. As a teacher, it was moving to see how engaged our students were in the subject matter and to hear their reactions to the talk afterwards. One of the best teaching moments I’ve had for sure. Two of our students had just completed reading “Between the World and Me” and the other students began reading it right after the night’s event. They all are now eager to read more of his writings and are curious about attending other discussions with writers.
This past week, the Nation’s Report Card was released. As the Washington Post concludes about Washington, DC’s scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), “the District offered a bright spot in the otherwise bleak results, as one of just two jurisdictions that posted gains on two tests. Fourth-graders in the District made significant strides, climbing three points on the national math test and seven points on the reading test.” This marks the second time in a row that the city has stood out for its improvement on the NAEP.Read more
Over the past week, we’ve seen headlines such as “One in 10 D.C. students score ‘college ready’ on new high school math test.” “U.S. student performance slips on national test.”
It’s difficult to accept that our educational systems are not preparing our students for college and careers, but it’s a reality that we need to acknowledge and work hard to reshape. This is the first year of the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, and the District of Columbia State Board of Education set a high bar. The State Board set the bar at a Level 4, meaning that students “met expectations” and are ready for college or the workforce without remedial education. As anticipated, the District’s scores on the PARCC exam are far lower than recent scores on the DC CAS, the District’s previous standardized test.Read more
Earlier this month, the District of Columbia reported that graduation rates for the Class of 2015 reached 64%. Graduation rates at Eastern Senior High School, Companies for Causes’ partner, exceeded the District’s average reaching 69%. Companies for Causes partnered with Eastern in 2011 and our CEO’s hands-on efforts and financial support for Eastern High School have contributed to this success. However, we realize there is still more to do.Read more
On September 25th, Companies for Causes honored 171 Eastern Ramblers for their academic achievements during the 4th Quarter of the 2014-15 School Year.
Thanks to Geppetto Catering, who has provided meals for Honor Assemblies since Eastern’s Relaunch in 2011. CforC also provides honor pins for all students who achieve Academic Honors.
Companies for Causes places a high value on school culture and is proud to reward students for their hard work and high academic achievement.Read more
Thanks to Company for Causes, one of the UK’s most successful inner city school programs is taking root in Washington DC. Dr. Tania Nguyen, The Brilliant Club-DC’s founder, is working closely with Companies for Causes as well as teachers, community organizers, and PhD mentors to put middle and high school students from the Capitol Hill area on a proven track to top-tier universities.