YOCO is a diverse community of activists committed to cultivating and motivating the minds of youth ages 10 to 21 years old in Washington, DC. Through a multi-lingual and multi-cultural curriculum based on the principles of academics, athletics, cultural development, human rights, and service YOCO achieves its mission to nurture a new generation of leaders in the nation’s capitol.
YOCO helps mold DC’s youth into well-rounded, responsible citizens who are poised to lead and make great contributions to communities on a local, national, and global scale.
YOCO’s programs focus on:
- Building self-esteem and helping young people grow into strong individuals.
- Developing leadership skills that will guide youth throughout their lives.
- Instilling the importance of physical health and emotional well-being.
- Encouraging young people to respect the rights of themselves and others.
- Strengthening the DC community through a commitment to public service.
Washington, DC is a remarkable city rich in opportunities for those poised to take advantage of them. But while the District of Columbia offers many advantages, it also leads the nation in some alarming demographics that directly impact youth: high crime and murder rates, HIV positive and AIDS rates, youth gang violence, teen pregnancy, and high school drop out rates. As a result of such barriers, the advantages DC has to offer often eludes the grasp of many young native Washingtonians.
Youth are often overwhelmed by the challenges of the inner city and feel confined by the restraints of their neighborhood and city. At YOCO we work to expose young people to the boundless opportunities their local community, the United States, and the world has to offer.
YOCO believes that by giving youth the proper tools, they will succeed!