Teen Program

The Mary’s Center Teen Program (including our After School Program) provides a safe place for young people aged 13 to 21 to realize their potential by setting goals and receiving the support and resources necessary to succeed. Based at Mary’s Center’s Petworth location (Washington DC), our comprehensive services include medical, educational, and social service support. Our participants represent many cultures, with families from Central & South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The goals of the Teen Program are to help teens to:

· Succeed in school and thrive in the community

· Maintain good health and make wise lifestyle choices

· Prepare for college, technical school or workforce experiences

Our activities and services include:

After School Program. Teens get homework help and are provided with workshops on healthy living, college, careers, financial literacy and more. High school juniors and seniors receive comprehensive SAT and ACT preparation training and one-on-one college application assistance.

Escalera Program. Developed by National Council of La Raza, Escalera is a curriculum-based college preparation program for high school seniors. Participants attend college visits, college fairs, team-building field trips and out-of-state conferences.

Summer Job Program. Through the District of Columbia's Summer Youth Employment Program, teens are placed in paid positions within Mary’s Center and other organizations including the World Bank, the Salvadoran Consulate and  AFL-CIO.

Teen Clinics. On some Saturdays, Mary’s Center’s clinic is open to teens who wish to receive medical services and consultation on teen health issues. Read more about our Teen Clinics.

We also make time to have fun, with activities like cooking classes, trips, kickboxing and many opportunities to meet new friends.  

Read our Teen Program Brochure to learn more.

Call us on 202-420-7108 if you have questions!

Read the inspiring success stories of Teen Program participants Mikias and Hermann who won prestigious college scholarships!

Wondering what happens after Teen Program particpants graduate? Click here to see where the Class of 2016 spent their first year of continuing education! 

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