#HumCitizen: Soul of the City (Democracy & Informed Citizen)

Presented by:
Humanities Council of Washington, DC
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: K-12 Institutions, Nonprofits, Other Subject: Journalism, K-12 Education, Professional Development Audience: Youth/Teen

Targeting DC’s most disadvantaged neighborhood, the Humanities Council of Washington DC (HumanitiesDC) is creating a special Soul of the City program. The cultural assets, national news organizations, and distinguished universities of the nation’s Capitol offer 150 teenagers the opportunity to build their leadership skills and engage with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists to gain media literacy skills, and to better understand the connections between a free press and a democratic society. The council will conduct one program and contract with community partners to implement two more.

To aid in additional implementation efforts, the council will publish the curriculum for the 2018 program on its website and disseminate it to community partners – including DC Public and Charter schools, nonprofits serving youth, and others with a goal of creating a framework that can be replicated and/or scaled for youth in cities across the country.


Soul of the City Youth Leadership Program – Washington, D.C. Humanities DC’s program “Soul of the City” will focus on work readiness skills and participatory democracy. Washingtonians, ages 15 to 20, will work as journalists during this six-week program and will report on DC events, write and build stories, and network with journalists. This year’s program is designed for students interested in news and magazine journalism, photography, editorial cartooning and communication at home or around the globe.