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Celebrating 15 Years of Positive Youth Development, Focus on Safety & Structure Jul 21, 2014

Safety & Structure is a foundational cornerstone upon which relevant goals are built and represents a critical point of engagement that must be provided to District youth in the summer and throughout the school year in order for a vibrant youth development infrastructure to exist.

Celebrate National Youth Sports Week with Team Up DC Jul 16, 2014

National Youth Sports Week is this week, July 13–20, and is a great opportunity to highlight the important role youth sports play in youth development.

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