Events, Neighborhood Tutoring Program, News, Scholars Program

Recognition Event Recap

On Friday May 29th, FLOC held its annual recognition event at the Woman’s National Democratic Club to celebrate all the amazing work our students, families, volunteers, and staff accomplished throughout the year. 11th grade Scholars Ghelatia and Johanna emceed, and FLOC staff gave out special awards to students and volunteers in four different categories: Visionary, Unity, Champion, and Empower.


The Visionary Award celebrates students and volunteers who have a specific goal, a vision for the future, and have identified paths toward that objective.

NTP Student: Giselle
Scholars Student: Demarro
Volunteer: Gerald Mason

The Unity Award celebrates the people at FLOC who demonstrate exceptional relationship building or mentoring skills.

NTP Student: Valerie
Scholars Student: Jenny
Volunteer: Judith Blagrove
Student and Tutor Pair: Delchristoff and Jason Aiken.


The Champion Award recognizes students and volunteers who are dedicated and committed to their program.

NTP Student: Wesley
Scholars Student: Joel
Volunteers: Bridgette and EJ Palmer


The Empower awards are given to people who embody all of FLOC’s values. They go above and beyond in whatever their role is.

Partner: Acumen Solutions
Staff: Kimberly Davis
Family: The Ortiz Family
NTP Student and Scholars Student: A’Tyra
NTP Student and Scholars Student: Maura
Volunteer: Elese Sizemore

FLOC also recognized our 8th graders in Scholars and tutoring for an exciting time in their lives. They are all halfway toward completing their postsecondary degrees! To celebrate FLOC put together some High School Survival Kits. The kits included a FLOC notebook, a FLOC water bottle, a folder they could take on college tours, pens, pencils, and candy.

The night ended with time for chatting, eating food, playing games, and taking pictures at the FLOC photo booth. FLOC is excited to see what our students, families, and volunteers will accomplish in the future!


(Tamarae Hildebrandt is an NTP Site Coordinator.)

Neighborhood Tutoring Program, News, Student Spotlight, Volunteer Spotlight

WNDC’s Dynamic Duo

Jasmin and her tutor Ashley Oakes have been breaking records in our WNDC testing room this year!


Jasmin is a student in our WNDC – Tuesday night reading program and in the Scholars program. She has passed many tests in the Wilson curriculum and has added new words to her vocabulary such as frolic, compliance, occurrence, and more.

Jasmin began this year in Unit 2, Lesson 1 in the Wilson curriculum and will end at the beginning of Unit 4, Lesson 1. She has shown a lot of dedication to improving her reading skills and works very well with her tutor. This is Jasmin’s fourth year with FLOC, and she says it has been the best one yet.

Ashley has also enjoyed her time at FLOC and credits a former colleague for recommending the program to her. As the oldest sibling from a large family, Ashley often draws from experiences of tutoring/mentoring her siblings while working with Jasmin. They both are excited to return to FLOC next year and continue to work together!

(Felise Ortiz is a site coordinator for the Neighborhood Tutoring Program, including in the Tuesday night program at the Woman’s National Democratic Club.)

Neighborhood Tutoring Program, News, Staff Perspectives

NTP Welcomes New Team of Corps Members

Our new Neighborhood Tutoring Program Corps members: Ibsaa, Catherine and Jim.
Our new Neighborhood Tutoring Progam Corps members: Ibsaa, Catherine and Jim.

Fall has finally arrived. After what felt like an endless summer, a series of gray and rainy days have left us with cool nights and increasingly colorful trees. At FLOC, everything kicks into high gear in the fall. Hundreds of students pass through our offices each week. Returning volunteer tutors are reunited with their students after a well-deserved summer break. It’s an exciting atmosphere, and it’s a real treat to see new and familiar faces come together to start another excellent school year of programming.

In the Neighborhood Tutoring Program (NTP), this excitement wouldn’t happen without our dedicated team of Corps members. These recent college graduates have chosen to complete a year of service with FLOC. Thanks to partnerships with various AmeriCorps organizations, we get talented young people to come work for us each year. They are all exemplary. Each one brings creativity, passion, and a unique set of experiences and expertise. In many ways, they help re-energize the rest of us in the office with their fresh ideas and exuberance.

We wanted to introduce you to them here. This way, you’ll be able to put a name to some of the faces you see running around the building during tutoring. This certainly won’t be the last you hear from them. As the school year goes on, you’ll get to hear stories from them featured on this blog. You’ll also get to know them during program, or any of the exciting FLOC events upcoming. But for now, we’ll start with some introductions. Feel free to ask any of them for clarification on any of the information printed below.

The Neighborhood Tutoring Program  2013 Team of Corps Members:

Ibsaa Adam

Originally from: San Francisco, CA

Favorite DC Restaurant: Ben’s Chili Bowl

Favorite TV Show/Movie: The Walking Dead

Fun Fact about Ibsaa: He has dislocated at least 10 joints in his body.

Favorite piece of trivia: 2013 is the first time in 26 years that the year has been made of four unrepeated integers.

AmeriCorps Program: Public Allies DC

Role at FLOC: Site Coordinator of the Thursday Afternoon Math program at Tyler Elementary School and the Saturday Morning Reading program at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center.

Catherine Brenner

Originally from: Camp Hill, PA

Favorite DC Restaurant: Busboys & Poets

Favorite TV Show/Movie: Zoolander

Fun Fact about Catherine: In college, she won a tango competition.

Favorite Piece of Trivia: Q. What do Kanye West and Taylor Swift have in common? A. Both of their fathers attended The University of Delaware.

AmeriCorps Program: Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps

Role at FLOC: Site Coordinator of the Tuesday Night Reading program, the Saturday Morning Math program and the Saturday Afternoon Reading program.

Jim Coleman

Originally from: San Diego, CA

Favorite DC Restaurant: Filomena

Favorite TV Show/Movie: On the Waterfront

Fun Fact about Jim: Oklahoma is his favorite state.

Favorite Piece of Trivia: Nobody wants to play Sega Genesis with Harrison Ford.

AmeriCorps Program: Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps

Role at FLOC: Site Coordinator of the Tuesday Night Reading program at the Woman’s National Democratic Club and the Thursday Night Math program.

(Cody Laminack is the Neighborhood Tutoring Program Curriculum Coordinator at FLOC).