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The Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Race & Ethnicity


5600 East Capital Street NEWashington, DC 20019 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Maya Way is a comprehensive approach to education that focuses on academic achievement, social and emotional support, and career and college preparation so students are ready for life after Maya. The Maya Way is a belief in the potential of every young person to achieve. The Maya Way is a commitment to parents that we will never give up on their child. The Maya Way empowers students to transform their lives so they can See Forever! Our mission is to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students can grow academically and socially. At Maya Angelou, our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change.


The Maya Angelou Young Adult Learning Center (YALC) provides academic and workforce development to older youth/young adults (ages 17-24) who do not have a high school credential, and particularly those transitioning from incarceration. The YALC offers:

  • Academic programs for students to make progress towards their GED.
  • Workforce programming, offering OSHA 10 Certification and career internships that provide employment and skills training through Home Builders Institute.
  • Counseling and youth development supports that young people need to get back on the right track.


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