Howard University Center for Urban Progress



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at Cardozo Senior high School

The Howard University Center for Urban Progress after school program is one of the District of Columbia Public School’s (DCPS) 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) programs. It is aligned with the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act to support students in meeting the state’s challenging Standards of Learning. The goal of the program is to enhance and support student academic achievement by providing enriched, content-based learning opportunities supported by meaningful parent and community engagement.


The Howard University Center for Urban Progress 21st Century Community Learning Center at Cardozo Senior High School includes the following activities:

  • Academic enrichment learning programs that include tutoring, homework assistance, and standardized test taking strategies;

  • Mentoring and other youth development/team building activities;

  • Parent-focused workshops and meetings driven by feedback from parents and students about their most urgent academic and personal development needs; and

  • Educational advocacy activities to help students secure the school-related resources needed to address their academic development needs.

The program seeks to address the academic and test preparation needs of students as identified in DCPS 2006-2007 Annual Performance Report. The deliberate focus on academic improvement directly addresses students’ learning needs, and helps to achieve the goals and objectives of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.

The Program is supported by a five-year grant from the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.


Cardozo Senior High School

Cardozo Senior High School serves as the site of the Howard University Center for Urban Progress 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) school year program. Cardozo is located in a low-income, but rapidly gentrifying, neighborhood in Northwest Washington, DC and is within walking distance of the main campus of Howard University. The Cardozo administration has assigned three rooms in the building for use by the 21st Century program. One room is a dedicated space that is used as the main site office and for instructional activities. This room is accessible to program staff from the start of the school day to the end of daily after-school activities. The other two rooms are used for after-school tutoring, mentoring, homework assistance, and standardized test preparation. One of these two rooms is equipped with computers (laptop and desk top) installed with updated software to aid students in completing academic assignments and developing general computer and Internet search skills.

American Humanics Student Association

The Howard University chapter of the American Humanics Student Association (AHSA) partners with the 21st CCLC Program at Cardozo through the Howard University Distrcit of Columbia Scholars Program, an access to higher education service-learning project supported by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Through this grant, AHSA members recruit volunteers from Howard University to serve as tutors, homework helpers, and mentors to 21st Century program participants. Volunteers play a critical role in assisting the 21st Century staff in working to improve students’ academic performance, encouraging them to stay in school, and putting them on track for college.


The 21st Century Community Learning Center Cardozo Senior High School Parent Outreach Initiative was launched in Fall 2007. The Initiative, supported by Cardozo Principal Dr. Gwendolyn Grant, was developed by the program’s Assistant Program Director/Site Director, Cheryl Rodgers, in collaboration with various Cardozo community and school partners, including Peaceoholics, Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative, DC Parent Information and Resource Center, and the Cardozo Counseling Department and Academy of Finance. The Initiative includes periodic meetings designed to promote the academic success of Cardozo students and inform parents/guardians about school and DCPS developments and resources that are available to help move students forward academically.

The initial parent meeting, “Parents for Youth Celebration,” provided information to parents, guardians, and students about how to help students succeed in school, how to enroll students in special programs, how students can be safe, and how to find community agencies that can help. Meeting topics are driven by feedback from the Cardozo community on the issues of most concern to them and that they would like help in addressing. Community leaders and professionals in the relevant fields are invited to address the group when appropriate.

All Parent Outreach meetings are open to the community, with special invitations extended to Cardozo stakeholders and supporters.



American Humanics Student Association, Howard University Chapter

21st Century Community Learning Centers

District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education

For more information contact:

Janet Griffin-Graves, Ph.D. at 202-865-8582 or

Cheryl L. Rodgers, MAPA at 202-865-8578 or


Center for Urban Progress o HU Research Building 1, 1840 Seventh Street, NW, 3rd Floor Washington, DC 20001- 3108
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