Soul of the City Youth Leadership Program

Our annual Soul of the City youth leadership program uses the city of Washington and its unique neighborhoods and culture as a classroom.

Soul of the City

humanities-bd-sotc-final-logoEach year, in partnership with the Summer Youth Employment Program, we take a group of 20-50 young people on a vacation to their own city! Students take neighborhood tours, meet with scholars, interview residents, take photographs, and create a final media project documenting the entire experience. Each Soul of the City program is a little different, but by the end all participants:

  • Gain a new understanding of DC and their role in the city
  • Learn about DC’s local, national, and international dimensions
  • Gain practical skills in technology, project management, and new media
  • Learn how to be leaders and work as part of a team

HumanitiesDC is honored to announce that the The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded $40,000 to HumanitiesDC for two Summer Soul of the City Programs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016 through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative. The programs will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning work in journalism, art923424_1477211032524932_7909615853369089648_ns and letters, and music. Soul of the City participants will engage with local Pulitzer Prize –winning journalists to discuss the values these disciplines represent as well as to learn journalism skills.

Soul of the City was also selected as a 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities! 14595845-2107-490a-a01b-ae6a90efdc95


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