MCIP - Columbia Heights Educational Campus

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Exclusively in service to CHEC

Multicultural Career Intern Program (MCIP) is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides targeted programs and services that are designed to level the playing field for every young person at CHEC to achieve their full potential. Until all students at CHEC have equitable access to consequential educational opportunities, MCIP will always exist to remove systemic barriers in our society.
Annual college scholarships awards for CHEC seniors. Over 4.5 miillion has been raised to date.
A Thriving Community School Model

Working in partnership with CHEC, MCIP's service model is based on the community school concept.  A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends.
Partnerships with the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs and Women's National Democratic Club make it possible to provide healthy meals and groceries daily to families in need.
Serving students througout the District

Each year, MCIP serves 2,900 young people and their families from all over the District, with a wide range of services including reproductive health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, tutoring and homework assistance, mentoring, college preparation services, career development, internships and job placement, supportive housing, sports and recreational activities, arts, and nutritious meals and more – all for free, completely confidentially, and under one roof.
MCIP's reach extends through seven of the District's eight wards, with many students participating in programs that live in Wards 7 and 8.  All CHEC students are welcome!
Developing student voice

MCIP and CHEC recognize that students have the greatest stake in their education but often have little to no say in how it is delivered. This lack of agency represents a lost opportunity to both meet their educational needs and prepare students for a world in which taking initiative and learning new skills are increasingly paramount to success. All programs at MCIP are designed to affirm student voice, student identity and to teach to student strengths. We aspire to have a two-way conversation with our young people about their education, the instructional topics that we teach, the way they learn, the way MCIP is designed, and more.
MCIP offers ample opportunities for student voice and student leadership. Students serve on the MCIP Board of Director as official representatives of the CHEC student body.
Every student deserves a champion

Every day MCIP joins the leadership of CHEC to fight for the brightest future for our students.  After forty years of service we understand who we are as an entity and what it is that we do for a living...reach out to serve students where they are in life. Providing meaningful opportunities not only makes a difference in our students' lives, but in our own as well. It is our reason for being. We ethink this quote sums up our perspective on what we do every single day. "Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson
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