Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid (SYC/W6MA) will launch one of the first CityTutor Hubs, providing high-impact tutoring for students at ONE DC’s Black Workers & Wellness Center in Anacostia. SYC/W6MA works to provide Black and Brown families with the same resources others in DC already have, and this partnership with CityTutor DC will provide middle school math tutoring to students in their entrepreneur training programs.
Maurice Cook, Executive Director of Serve Your City and Lead Organizer for Ward 6 Mutual Aid, said the grassroots network of community organizations in Ward 6 and beyond was eager to grow their capacity to serve, support and fight for each other.
“Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid is not an organization — we are a collective action. We have tutored more than 1,000 students across the city over the last decade,” Cook said. “We look forward to being able to expand our reach to even more students and families by establishing a CityTutor Hub.”
About Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid (SYC/W6MA)
Serve Your City (SYC) was founded a decade ago to provide life-changing experiences and opportunities for under-resourced (or, what we call at-promise) Washington, DC, students. At the onset of the pandemic, SYC became the infrastructure hub for Ward 6 Mutual Aid to help ensure that our students and families, as well as the communities they live in, have the resources needed to survive the pandemic and combat the oppressive systems that created the health and economic crisis. SYC/W6MA continues to grow and evolve to meet the community’s needs, including:
1) Mutual Aid (food and supply distribution);
2) Unhoused Neighbors Project (provides critical supplies and advocates alongside unhoused neighbors for access to resources and stable housing);
3) The Free School for Unlimited Youth (free tutoring and co-curricular programming);
4) The Digital Divide program (provides devices, hotspots, and WiFi access to students and families);
5) SYC Tech (trains youth to enter the tech sector); and
6) Political organizing and education (DC 101 webinar series; city budget, housing, education, and internet as a public utility advocacy; mobilizing to expand representation in DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.)