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School Based Initiative

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The ONSE Leadership Academy (OLA) is a school-based pilot initiative launched in Fall of 2019 in partnership with Anacostia High School and the Department of Employment Services’ Year-Round Youth Program. OLA has a team of six full-time staff embedded within the high school, who are working with nearly 40 students who have been selected to receive additional supports due to attendance, behavior, and academic progress challenges. This team provides attendance monitoring and behavioral supports and interventions, as well as Safe Passage support during Anacostia High School's morning arrival and afternoon release. This initiative aims to promote school and community safety and alleviate challenges or barriers to success for the highest risk students. The team collaborates with school administrators, teachers, and professionals to tackle this critical work.


The Program does not have open enrollment. Students are referred to the program by school personnel (principals, assistant principals, counselors and social workers) in consultation with the SBI Team.

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