City Gate was established in 2000 to expand community programs that had emerged from a century of urban mission work by a downtown DC congregation and various community partners. Our mission is “to empower those on the margins of urban society to access more fully the life and benefits of the larger community, and to implement strategies of partnership that address the needs of urban youth, the poor, the immigrant, and others who are disadvantaged or disenfranchised.”
For over 15 years we have worked to empower under-resourced children through transformative science and technology-based education, which was borne out of our vision that justice and equity for all persons begins with enabling them to function and compete in the workplace.
We have the privilege of serving over 300 amazing students. They are the aspiring leaders of tomorrow, learning life values at our programs today.
LEARNING COMMUNITY CENTER
Our 21st Century Community Learning Center serves over one hundred students in the Mary Virginia Merrick Center in Southeast DC.
City Gate has been vetted by the DC Public Schools to provide onside programming – last year at Thomson Elementary with new programming considered for Payne and Beers elementary schools.
City Gate partners with Section 8 or subsidized housing management companies to provide onsite out-of-school programs for their residents.
Students, mission groups, and local organizations all have the opportunity to serve with City Gate. Some volunteer groups participate in one-day or week long programs, usually during vacations or holidays. These groups participate in activities such as site beautification, stocking stuffing, serving food, or determining site needs from school-supply drives to short-term tutoring.