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Read about the Alternative House, "A Place for Youth in Need," in the Vienna Connection. >>> Read More

Come to an Open Door Information Session and learn about issues facing homeless and at-risk youth, what Alternative House does to help, and how you can get involved. More info>>>


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Safe Youth Projects

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The challenges faced by our young people don't start in the teen years. Younger children today are also faced with gangs, drugs and violence. Alternative House's Safe Youth Projects provide much needed support for vulnerable 4th, 5th and 6th graders in Culmore, Annandale and Springfield.

The Safe Youth Project has homework help, recreation activities, educational field trips and workshops to help children improve their grades and make positive decisions. Over the 2014-2015 school year, 96% of the children at our Safe Youth Projects improved academically.

Culmore Safe Youth Project

The Culmore Safe Youth Project is located in the Culmore Family Resource Center and served 44 children in 2015. Of those, 100% improved their grades over the course of the school year and not one joined a gang.

Annandale Safe Youth Project

"Brian" was having trouble transitioning to middle school.

The Annandale Safe Youth Project is located at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and served 32 children in 2015. This program also helped 100% of the students improve their grades. In addition to homework help, children participate in activities designed to increase their self-esteem, take field trips and participate in community service.

Springfield Safe Youth Project

Among our newest programs is the Safe Youth Project in Springfield which opened in 2014. Similar to our programs in Culmore and Annandale, the Springfield Safe Youth Project provides homework help, tutoring, community service opportunities, computer skills, and recreational opportunities. In the 2014-2015 school year, 89% of the 35 children at this program improved academically.



Interested in volunteering at our Annandale, Springfield, or Culmore Safe Youth Project? Learn more.

Meet our Executive Director, tour our Emergency Shelter for Teenagers and learn more about youth homelessness at our one-hour Open Door Information Session, held on the second Tuesday of every month.