On March 29, 2023, the D.C. Policy Center’s article, Transition to college or career for the District’s high school students, was cited by Washington Informer:
Rasheem Rooke, executive director of Youth Guidance DC, a local nonprofit that established the Fellowship Initiative with JPMorgan Chase, said that students benefited from seeing the chancellor and other adult men in a different light.
“In the circle, titles get left at the door and it gives students a chance to see adults’ human side,” Rooke said. “The most important piece for this group is to see life drawn from their experiences to our experiences. Nothing is new under the sun. We have to find a way to utilize these resources.”
The American Counseling Association estimates that 40% of Black male teenagers suffer from persistent sadness and feelings of hopelessness, with nearly one out of four seriously considering suicide. On the education front, the D.C. Policy Center found two years ago that 14 percent of high school graduates who enter college could expect to obtain their degree within six years.