We have been learning more about Monument Academy for almost a year now and are so excited for it to open its doors Washington, DC. Monument is building an environment that will focus on all aspects of a child’s life, education, and well-being. Take a second to learn more about their vision and how you can be involved, as a volunteer or employee! -DC127
Monument Academy is embarking on an imperative mission to create a public, tuition-free, weekday boarding school for youth who are or may be in contact with the foster care system and we are doing it right here in Washington, DC. There is no doubt this journey will be challenging. We embrace this knowing the significance of the need and the impact our school will have on the lives of the children and families we will serve.
Right now, young adults who age out of the foster care system are at a significantly higher risk for homelessness, unemployment, illness, incarceration, welfare dependency, and sexual and physical victimization than their peers. Although youth in foster care report having similar life aspirations as their peers, their educational needs often go unmet and these dreams are not realized. In fact, these young adults are more than twice as likely as their peers to never attain a high school diploma or equivalency degree. Monument Academy will change this reality for youth in DC.
In addition to an unparalleled, personalized educational experience, we will ensure our students receive an excellent education in social and emotional well-being and that they are provided with an opportunity to learn, practice, and master independent living skills such as securing housing, cooking and nutrition, and financial literacy. Each of our students will develop a positive relationship with at least one adult with whom they plan goals and reflect on progress. Our hope is that Monument Academy students will engage in rich experiences such as summer camps, internships, wilderness trips, and international travel to supplement their academic career and prepare them for life in college, a career of their choice, and for independence and participation in the larger community as an adult.
Monument Academy Public Charter School is very excited to be developing a relationship with DC127. We are impressed by your mission and the work you do. We see the intersections in our work and the possibilities that could come from our collaboration.
Although we have been in the research and development process for quite sometime, we are now in a rapid sprint toward our grand opening. We will open our doors in July of 2015 for our staff and will welcome our first class of 40 fifth graders in August. Our plan is to build the student body by adding one grade level per year through to twelfth grade. At capacity, we will be able to serve and make a difference in the lives of 320 Washington, DC youth each year.
We hope and anticipate that we can work collaboratively with DC 127 as we build our staff and our support systems for students. Once we are open, there will be numerous opportunities to come interact with the students and share in their experiences. Over the next 6 months, here are three ways that we would love to have you get involved with Monument Academy:
- Apply to work: We have openings for teachers, social workers, administrative and operations staff and houseparents. Visit our website for the full job descriptions: www.monumentacademy.org.
- Volunteer: We will have opportunities that range from administrative tasks to student and family outreach to helping prepare the classrooms and residences for our students.
- Safe Families for Children: Our school is a weekday boarding school but we anticipate that some children may experience an unexpected disruption in their home life. We have been speaking with DC127 about receiving support for weekend stays for our children should the need arise.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities or want to learn more about Monument Academy, please visit our website at www.monumentacademy.org and feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see our flyers describing our school and work opportunities here: Information for Families, Monument Academy Brochure, Employment Opportunities.