Words Beats & Life, Inc. would like to thank the Lehrman Foundation for honoring our organization with the 2009 Impact Award. We are truly humbled by this recognition and this accomplishment is sure to strengthen the momentum of the work we're already doing in the community.
We would also like to highlight one of the biggest reasons that we were given this award, our DC Urban Arts Academy. Serving as one of our core program areas, the DCUAA provides comprehensive arts-based educational activities for hundreds of underserved youth and families during after school hours and during the summer. WBL serves kids city-wide, with an emphasis on Ward 7 (Benning Park Recreation Center in Southeast) and Ward 1 (St. Stephen's Church in Columbia Heights).We would like to send a special thanks to our Academy Director, Goldie Deane, and our Assistant Academy Director, Paige Mandel, as none of the successes of this amazing program would be possible without their hard work.