Board Chair Courtney Clark Pastrick Accepts Headstrong’s Moral Leadership Award

Clark Foundation’s Trust-Based Philanthropy With Veterans Organizations Fosters Long-Term Grantee Success This Military Appreciation Month, Clark Foundation Board Chair, Courtney Clark Pastrick accepted Headstrong’s Moral Leadership award on behalf of her father and the Foundation’s founder, A. James Clark. Headstrong provides barrier-and stigma-free mental health services at no expense to our nation’s military, veterans, and […]

Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys

When Shawn Hardnett decided he wanted to build a new school in Washington DC’s Wards seven and eight, he decided to do things differently. He wasn’t the first to envision a school to address long-standing gaps in educating Black and brown school-age boys, but he took the unusual step of talking to the community before […]

The Newcomer Network at Catholic Charities

Deciding to emigrate to a new country is a life-changing and difficult choice for any family—doing it, however, is harder still. Amelia*, an asylum-seeker and mother of two from Honduras, knows this firsthand.   Amelia’s fraught journey would have been even harder if it were not for Catholic Charities DC’s Newcomer Network. The network supports the Washington, DC region’s growing immigrant population—of which […]

University of Maryland Clark Doctoral Fellows

When Raquel Hakes Weston-Dawkes was considering doctoral programs, she knew one thing for certain: “I wanted to study wildfires,” she says now, having earned her Ph.D. in engineering. For many doctoral candidates, however, the subjects they most want to pursue and the availability of funding to support their education do not always line up. Too […]

Tutoring makes math fun

A year ago, if you talked to DC ninth-grader Jah’ere Kelley about math, he likely would have shrugged and grudgingly admitted he was stressed about school and, by extension, his future. Though the bright freshman at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Washington, DC, is just beginning to think about what he wants to […]

Community of Hope

During her first pregnancy, Mercedez Milling-Robinson realized that she needed a different sort of care if she were ever going to have another child. Her first born, Marcus S. Robinson is doing well today, but throughout her pregnancy Mercedez felt her care was too impersonal — at times, even disrespectful. The ability to have caregivers […]

Hire Heroes USA

After serving for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain and program manager, Esmeralda Aharon had mentored dozens of senior-level airmen. When it came to her transition to a civilian career, however, she wasn’t sure where to start.