United to Rise
From our humble beginnings, our Founder and Executive director, Joyce Madyun began providing out of school time programming for neighborhood children in her basement in the late 1980’s. In the early 1990’s she was asked to provide the same services to youth at the school across the street from her home, West Elementary School. In 1997, the program and her vision had outgrown the school, so she and her husband used equity from their home to purchase a derelict property at the corner of their block. The entire community was involved in the renovation of the headquarters located at 4913 14th St. NW in Ward 4 of Washington, DC. The name Youth Organizations United to Rise (Y.O.U.R.) Community Center was rightfully chosen as the name for the organization, now a treasured asset of the community, which has served over 1,000 inspired families and over 5,000 ambitious youth.
YOUR Community Center began with three programs, which were targeted to youth ages 5-12. The organization has grown to now offer eight spectacular programs for youth ages 5-18. These programs include: Advancing After School, Advancing Before School and Camp-On-The-Go (youth ages 5-13), Great Opportunities for Advancing Leaders (G.O.A.L. for youth ages 9-18), NovelTeens Ink Journalism Academy, Petals of Primrose Leadership Program for Adolescent Girls and Renaissance Man Leadership Program for Adolescent Boys (youth ages 13-18) & Saturday Academy (youth ages 5-18).
YOUR Community Center’s mission is to promote academic, cultural, social and emotional development; improve computer literacy, help build self-esteem and strengthen leadership and confidence in the classroom.
Proper knowledge will open the way to acquiring a healthy appreciation and understanding of the rich cultural and racial diversity that characterizes our society. In an effort to assist each child in developing his/her greatest human potential, we will focus on character building, respect for self and others, responsibility to family, school, community, our city, country, the world and the universe. The result will be, we hope, an enhancement of human thinking and attitudes in each participant. We make every attempt to broaden our understanding of how we should relate and connect with each other in a world that is manifesting constant and rapid change.
Y.O.U.R.’s out-of-school time after school program provides quality programming for students of working parents in a safe, supportive, and family-like environment. The program provides enriching experiences for students that supplement their daily education. Mutual cooperation and communication with parents concerning all facets of the program is sought in an effort to serve the daily needs of each child enrolled in the program. As we strive to promote human development, parent support is always welcomed as we demonstrate unity in the development for your children.
The staff of Y.O.U.R. is committed to maximizing after school safety and creating a positive learning environment that teaches strategies for violence prevention and emphasizes high expectations for student conduct, responsible behavior, and respect for others.
Founder & Executive Director – Joyce Madyun
Director of Programs – Talib Madyun
Human Resources Director – Mariama Davis
Director of Communications – Nikiah Wade
Program Manager – Andrew Montgomery
Executive Assistant – Brittany Paylor
Site Coordinator – Ebony Dickerson
Enrichment Leaders – David Bell, David Peasant, David Winns