Positively Impacting Lives
The Sustainable Communities Project® (SCP) is an innovative public-private philanthropic effort consisting of a cross-disciplinary team launched by ThinkBox and supported by The George Washington University. The SCP aims to address demonstrated needs and reduce barriers to self-sufficiency plaguing underserved populations. Established in 2012, the SCP launched with $245,000 in seed funding from a District of Columbia government Sustainable DC Innovation Grant. The D.C. Housing Authority, SCP’s inaugural Project Host, continues to ensure innovative community benefits from its on-going sustainable infrastructure work. In 2018, the Founder’s Village (a consortium of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, academicians, and funders) convened to pledged support for the SCP and strategize long-term goals. From that convening, Task Teams emerged which marry problem solvers with evolving challenges in four critical areas: Jobs & Training, Entrepreneurship, Wellness, and S.T.E.A.M. Education.
- Launched the Venture Studio to expose, identify, coach, and provide contracts to underserved entrepreneurs and ventures.
- Hosted community-wide entrepreneurship workshops and pop-up workshops serving 100+.
- Supported DCHA’s 2019 and 2020 Entrepreneurship Expo serving 100+.
- Sponsored a National Science Foundation’s i-Corps™ lead trainer through The George Washington University.
- Over 1,250 mentoring hours.
Fall 2020 Inaugural Venture Studio Cohort
Fall 2020 Participants:
Carleigh Berryman (Viva Vita), Alston Clark (Zion Roar), E. Lynn Coates (Gallery Underground), Akili Cooper (Advanced Energy Solutions), Gavin Cornelius (Viva Vita), R. Denise Everson (E3 Connections), Kayla Harley (Creative and Equal Opportunities, Inc.), Dr. Monte Oyd Harris (AMoDAOS), Maurice Hillyard (FogHill), Ny Kenya-Chamberlain (N&Co), Shinar Little (FogHill), Alexandria Smith (Monarchs)
2019 Entrepreneurship Workshops hosted by D.C. Housing Authority
Generously Supported By:
ThinkBox + Altura + The Stennett Company + E3 Connections
- Distributed over $5,000 in school-supplies to local communities.
- Funded over $1,000 in community grants to low-income residents.
- Provided paid internships to college students at a living wage.
- Awarded over $10,500 in academic scholarships and stipends to students enrolled in S.T.E.A.M. majors.
- Volunteered 3,500+ hours to local communities.
*S.T.E.A.M.: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math
Partnered with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors through the Sustainable Communities Project® Founder’s Village to impact health outcomes among underserved residents in D.C. specifically targeting: obesity, asthma, diabetes, smoking, depression, urban trauma, and infant mortality.
2020 Catch a Meal Food Distribution Organized by The SVE Firm (April Taylor, Founder) and Hosted by the Lower Loudoun Boy’s Football League and Sterling Youth Foundation (Former NFL player Darrell Jackson, Founder)
Generously Supported By:
ThinkBox + Last Call + Founding Farmers + Prince William Food Rescue + Loudoun County Sheriff Office’s Eastern Loudoun Station + PJ Santiago, President of Santiago Team at KW Capital Properties.
Photography By: India Andrea Photography
Jobs & Training
- On track to generate 300 jobs including 30+ solar jobs to date.
- Trained over 30 participants in solar careers including installers and electricians.
- Trained a lead-trainer for the National Science Foundation’s i-Corps™.
Real People at Work
In 2013, the SCP in conjunction with D.C. Housing Authority surveyed residents to determine priority focus areas. Realistic jobs emerged as the top priority which guided the SCP’s programming plan. The SCP manages the $4,500,000 human capital component of DCHA’s Solar for All grant in support of its Sustainable Infrastructure Program. WDC Solar, a DC-based minority business, is providing much-needed solar installation training to D.C. residents through the SCP in support of Solar for All.
Partnering in Success
Our Project Host is a valued partner in the funding, planning, implementation, and ultimate success of the Sustainable Communities Project®. Project Hosts have access to our vast Founder’s Village network, growing resources, and proven impact process.
District of Columbia Housing Authority
D.C. Housing Authority became the inaugural project host in 2012 and continues to provide invaluable support.