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Friday's Heroes: AHC

3:51 PM, Aug 16, 2010   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Call it the dirty little secret of summer vacation: kids love not going to school. But even they get bored and can lose ground academically if there's nothing productive to do.  It's an even  bigger problem for lower income kids who don't always have access to camps or special vacations.

In Arlington, the group known as AHC has come up with a solution.  AHC builds and runs low-to-moderate income housing projects.

Years ago, the group noticed young people hanging around without much to do in the summer months.

In 1993, AHC launched a program designed to help those kids at one housing facility in Arlington, Virginia, and now it has grown to encompass 6 housing projects and more than 200 kids.

Program director Jennifer Endo says the program gives the kids a chance to take part in many of the activities wealthier young people might take for granted, including field trips and summer tutoring. 

She says all of the young people who participate graduate from high school and 80% of them go on to college.  She says the kids are having so much fun they don't notice how much they're learning.

 

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