Run Hope Work (RHW) was founded in 2014 to provide a pathway out of financial poverty and reduce post-traumatic stress in high-risk youth populations. The intervention was designed to holistically reduce the number of unemployed young adult DC residents by providing employable skills training and certification.
RHW develops positive character attributes, provides construction skills training and certification, provides workforce readiness training, provides physical fitness training, and post traumatic meditation therapy. Clients are matched with a professional mentor that spends 1-2 hours per week running, working out, and providing crucial business and life guidance. Clients spend 6 months in-training and upon program completion receive trade certification, employment placement, and business development support.
Run Hope Work serves 18-24 young adults who are struggling with homelessness, are returning from the justice system, are runaways or are single parents. RHW specifically targets violent offenders, offenders with drug cases, and gang injunction cases. Our goal is to provide service to those that are deemed “too hard to reach” by the traditional DC non-profit, CSOSA routinely send us their “problem” clients and we provide the work structure, serviceable skills, and daily discipline needed to get a positive change that lasts.
Each individual client receives over 300 hours of training in personal fitness, over 200 hours of meditation based trauma intervention therapy, and over 300 hours of vocational training in the finishing trades of drywall technician, professional painter, LED lighting technician, custodian, and more with the goal to place each in an apprenticeship at partner companies.
Partnered with the DC City Council’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) and with the Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs (MOLA), Run Hope Work connects city workforce priorities with proven community engagement strategies.
We power our mission through cause-driven development based on shared values and strong community partnerships. Run Hope Work partners directly for professional skills training and workforce development training programs, with DOES’ Career Connections for workforce development support, offender supervision agency CSOSA to recruit justice involved youth, with Safer Stronger DC to provide gang violence intervention support and with the DC Re-engagement Center to provide GED support.
Run Hope Work partners with athletic performance specialists to deliver high impact fitness training and prepare our clients to finish a 5K race in under 30 minutes as a team! Clients perform college level Track & Field workouts coupled with a high intensity resistance boot camps for maximum athletic performance. Clients typically lose 5-10 lbs during training and cut minutes off of their mile times! To make sure our team recovers strong we provide a nutritious balanced breakfast from ArtDrenaline Cafe.
Life Sangha serves as our partner in mindfulness training. Our circle meditation provides weekly self-awareness and meditation sessions designed to build deeper connection to community, self control and self discipline. Post-traumatic stress often follows formerly incarcerated youth home. Our circle meditation is designed to allow participants to face trauma and introspect on choice making with the support of their peers and caring adults
Our goal is simple, to train and place thirty (30) 18-24 year old DC residents every year in construction industry careers. But to get the job done we need strong employment partners. We build relationships with the general contractors and subcontractors working in the city and broker apprenticeship placement for each client. Training in marketable skills and career guidance activates the earning potential of clients, allowing them to join the workforce, grow sustainable careers and become a contributing citizen.
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2208 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue Southeast, Washington, District of Columbia 20020, United States
Your support and contributions will enable us to continue the help for the at-risk community. Your generous donation will help fund our mission. Yes, you can help!