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SWT turns 9 & another year of Community Love underway!

slingshot: one hand holds the frame, while the other hand grasps the pocket and draws it back to the desired extent to provide power for the projectile. source: Wikipedia NINE years, wow. We hardly share our SWT anniversary and understand that 9 is not a particularly flashy number. However, as we countdown to 10 years, we want to celebrate what is…right now.

On one hand, together we have been able to build and grow this incredible community who unites under the shared values that not only do we matter, but we are inherently worthy of having the resources we need to thrive.

On the other hand, we are still deeply curious about what’s possible for the beautiful communities we are a part of and how we can best position this organization to support the mission that lies ahead of us. And for the last 6 months, we have put most of our efforts in positioning for the future.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Completing an enhanced data framework with DataKind and building out our own Data Advisory Committee, who will build upon this process to ensure SWT is both a quantitative and qualitative data-informed organization.

  • Interrogating all programs and systems to see where our efforts should be prioritized

  • Cultivating deep learning spaces with current and potential supporters to ensure SWT is truly a financially sustainable organization that our community can depend on for years to come

  • Bringing in incredible thought partners to make time and space to reimagine our organization and its role in our communities.

That said, an epic year is underway.


Here’s what’s up next!

CNHED’S Emotional Wellness Panel Join CNHED on Wednesday, February 15th at 12pm as we celebrate Black Futures Month with an expert panel of Black professionals leading the work of mental health. FREE and open to the public. Learn more and register here: CNHED Registration


The Shape Up Launches Season 5 this Saturday The Shape Up is back and excited to kick off year 5 back at Lee’s Barbershop to discuss Black men’s needs to thrive in partnerships and in community. Meet us there on Saturday, February 18th from 11 AM- 12 PM at Lee’s Barbershop in SE DC. Free and open to the community. Click here to RSVP: The Shape Up


Save the date for our first in-person fundraiser!

SWT is excited to bring our amazing supporters together to share the vision we have for 2023 and beyond! Save the date and be on the lookout for the details to follow!


Reminder: Grab your Freedom tea blend today! The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop & SWT teamed up to bring you this beautiful and delicious custom loose leaf tea blend. Grab yours today and support two Black businesses at once.

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