Young Scholar Spotlight: Meet Darwin

Meet 13-year-old Darwin, an 8th grade student attending George Washington Middle School and a participant in our Youth Education Program since the 1st grade. Over the years, Darwin has greatly improved academically and has become a leader amongst his peers. We were thrilled to learn that he founded and won the presidential election for his […]

Weekender Program

We are excited to launch our Weekender Food Program! What is the Weekender Food Program? Every Friday, nutritious food is provided for children in our program for the weekend. Our Youth Education Program serves 90 students in first through twelfth grades, all of whom are food insecure and qualify for free or reduced-priced meals at […]

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Community Lodgings Receives $3,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Youth Literacy

Alexandria, Va – September 20, 2018 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Community Lodgings a $3,000 grant to support youth literacy. This grant is part of more than $3.4 million the foundation awarded to 915 recipients on August 28, 2018. Awarded annually at the beginning of the academic school year inception, youth literacy […]

Naydelin – A Youth Programs Success Story

Naydelin, a first grader at George Mason Elementary School, enrolled in Community Lodgings’ after-school programming in the start of the 2016-2017 academic year. At registration, we learned she had been in public school system for less than a year after moving from Honduras, and was an English Language Learner with a Special Education Plan to […]

From Ziplining to Graduation: A Mentor’s Perspective on the Girls’ Mentoring Program

By Stephanie Hemmert, Girls’ Mentor  A little over five years ago, I walked into an Alexandria City Volunteer Information Session knowing I wanted to help in some way and do something, but I wasn’t sure what.  I had participated in some literacy tutoring a few years before that, and was looking to get back to […]

Saturday Academy: helping kids succeed on the SOLs

Did you know that, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education, Alexandria middle schoolers struggled to pass their Math and Science SOLs last year? Although some students’ scores have increased in certain subject areas, Math and Science still continue to trip up many Alexandrian kids, with more than a quarter of 8th graders failing […]

Kids Explain “What Community Lodgings Means” to Them

“Community Lodgings is loving, safe, and super awesome.”  “This is truly something special because it’s only certain people dedicated to giving, and that’s Community Lodgings!” “I am thankful for the chance I was given to be a voice for my community and to tell others about Community Lodgings, its programs, and how it’s been a […]