For the third year, GDS offers high schoolers this unique opportunity to explore social justice issues and inequities in DC through a service-learning lens. GDS partners teachers with high school students to explore inequities that exist in DC, why they persist, what solutions are working, and what more can be done.
This year, we’ll tackle four topics: Age, Ability, Human Rights, and Immigration Status. Each week will include expert speakers and learning opportunities while focusing primarily on direct service related to the project. GDS students are eligible for service hours (other students should check with their schools).
Ability: June 16-20 - This session is now CLOSED
. There is a waitlist.
Students will learn about how ability can impact a person's day to day life and will work with a number of local non-profits that serve clients with differing abilities. Highlights for this week include a speaker from Back On My Feet, visiting Iona Senior Services and participating in a docent training at the US Botanic Gardens. The schedule will be different on Tuesday, the camp day will begin at 9:30am and end at 4:30pm.
Aging: July 14-18
From young age to old age, people rely on a number of services to provide educational, social and medical support. Students will explore the needs of individuals at different stages in life and will serve at local organizations that focus on providing services to clients of various ages. This will include Iona Senior Services and Friendship Terrace. The schedule will be different on Thursday, the camp day will begin at 10:00am and end at 5:00pm.
Human Rights: August 4-8
Food, shelter, clothing and education are fundamental human rights. Campers will explore these issues and hear from experts who defended these basic rights everyday. Campers will partner with Yachad on a build project for two days and will have the opportunity to serve a meal at a local meal program. The schedule is still being finalized. Camp times will be made available as we confirm projects with our partner organizations. The schedule will be different on Wednesday and Thursday, the camp day will begin at 9:00am and end at 4:30pm.
Immigration and Refugee Resettlement: August 11-15
What does it take to start a life in a new city, community and country? Students will learn about the experiences of individuals who have left their homes behind to begin a life in a new country. Camp times will be made available as we confirm projects with our partner organizations.
Times: 8:00am-3:00pm (unless otherwise noted in description above)
Location: GDS HS, 4200 Davenport Street NW DC 20016
Grades: Rising 9th–12th