WHO WE ARE

Creating Opportunity

CONNECTdmv is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, creating resources to support academically-talented middle and high school students of color at DMV-based independent (private and parochial) schools on issues of Transportation, Technology, Tutoring, Transition, and Touchpoints – that is, creating the connections and networking to help students find internships and jobs. 

CONNECTdmv is helping high-achieving students of color achieve even more by working directly with DMV independent schools, through parents associations and with our partners, like A Better Chance and Toyota. Our mission is to provide the resources needed to help close the opportunity gap and, in the end, to help us all better connect

Transportation

TRANSPORTATION

Many students of color commute over 20 miles into the District’s top independent schools, often via public transportation.  Studies have shown that such commutes are hard on students – and parents – both psychologically and physically.  Grades can suffer, as does satisfaction with school.

To directly and positively affect this issue, CONNECTdmv used a grant from the Toyota Social Innovation/Mobility team to hire a shuttle service for 10 students living in Prince George’s County, Maryland to ease their commute in to the District. Subsequent Toyota surveys of the students and their parents showed a much improved satisfaction rate with the families’ overall school experience. 

TECHNOLOGY

There are many budding developers who may never be able to improve their skills because their computers do not have the most up-to-date features and specs. Many up-and-coming math stars cannot reach their full academic potential because they cannot afford a good calculator. 

CONNECTdmv works directly with students who do not have the technology they need to succeed.  Working with organizations such as A Better Chance and directly with the schools, CONNECTdmv helps secure crucial, technological tools.

TECHNOLOGY

There are many budding developers who may never be able to improve their skills because their computers do not have the most up-to-date features and specs. Many up-and-coming math stars cannot reach their full academic potential because they cannot afford a good calculator. 

CONNECTdmv works directly with students who do not have the technology they need to succeed.  Working with organizations such as A Better Chance and directly with the schools, CONNECTdmv helps secure crucial, technological tools.

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TRANSITION

Once a student has transferred to a new school, the transition can be difficult. Students must quickly get acquainted with new surroundings, teachers, and peers. Counseling and close mentorship is helpful but, often, it is not available. The transition can also be difficult for the parents as well.

CONNECTdmv partners with the schools, and organizations, like A Better Chance, to provide the support resources that students need in their new school. This may include counseling and/or mentors to each student to help with this often difficult transition. CONNECTdmv also works closely with new parents to be there for them when they need help with the transition as well.

TUTORING

Tutors and even group standardized test help is expensive.  Private tutors can often cost as much as $300/hour. While some families have decided such costs are worth it to help their children get into better colleges, such a financial sacrifice is not a possibility for many families. 

CONNECTdmv is collaborating with local test centers and tutors to get highly discounted rates for academically talented students in need, plus working with local, DMV-based universities to get college-age tutors who can provide their services to our students at very low prices. 

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new TUTORING shot

TUTORING

Tutors and even group standardized test help is expensive.  Private tutors can often cost as much as $300/hour. While some families have decided such costs are worth it to help their children get into better colleges, such a financial sacrifice is not a possibility for many families. 

CONNECTdmv is collaborating with local test centers and tutors to get highly discounted rates for academically talented students in need, plus working with local, DMV-based universities to get college-age tutors who can provide their services at very low prices. 

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TOUCHPOINTS

The old adage “it’s not what you know, but who you know” has some truth to it. A parent’s network can play a critical role in their son or daughter’s current and future success by securing internships, jobs, mentorships and general guidance through a student’s formative years.

CONNECTdmv helps to build every student’s network plus improve their networking skills. We hold career and networking workshops several times a year with top professionals and leverage our own network to help create positive outcomes such as internships or jobs for our students. These “touchpoints” – improved networks and connections – are important to a student’s success.

INTERESTED IN MAKING A CONTRIBUTION?

How can you help?  While making a tax-deductible financial gift is always appreciated what will be just (or possibly even more) valuable is giving just an hour of your time to a CONNECTdmv student. We are looking for mentors to work with our students for a 6-month period but we are also looking for those interested in simply taking a student out for coffee or lunch — or having a phone call — to discuss colleges, careers, or whatever the student would like to discuss.  
 
Please support us by either donating or giving an hour of your time.  Both will make a huge difference. Thank you.

PARTNERS

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Does your school or student need CONNECTdmv’s assistance?  Or, are you interested in volunteering or simply knowing more about our organization or mission?

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THE FOUNDERS

Patricia Potts: Chief Operating Officer and Tom Kohn: Executive Director

Long-time children’s advocate, Patricia Potts, and Tom Kohn, a professor at American University – along with Prince George’s County middle school teacher Carlos Pugh – are the founders of CONNECTdmv. Tom and Patricia run the day to day operations of the organization.

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