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

For 2018, Soul of the City will focus on journalism and it’s role in a strong Democracy!

During the six weeks Soul of the City you will
• Work as a journalist this Summer!
• Report on people and events around D.C.
• Write and build a story around photographs.
• Draw incisive political cartoons.
• Network with working journalists including Pulitzer Prize winners.
• See your work published in Capital Student News!

Soul of the City uses the humanities and the amazing cultural resources of Washington, D.C., to help Washingtonians ages 15-20 learn practical work-readiness skills and participate in democracy as informed citizens. This year’s program is designed for students interested in a career in news and magazine journalism, photography, editorial cartooning and communication at home or around the globe.

Use the form below to let us know that you’re interested in participating. All participants must be registered to participate in the DC Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program.




















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



For more information, contact Louis Hick via email ( or by telephone (202-747-6473)

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