Closing the opportunity gap for middle-school youth?that?s what Higher Achievement, DC Metro is all about. The organization works to help all students, regardless of their circumstances, achieve their potential in school and beyond. To that end, rigorous after-school and summer academic programs impart Higher Achievement?s scholars with the confidence, skills, and character necessary to succeed. Youth in 5th through 8th grade work with mentors on core subjects such as literature, mathematics, and science, spending an additional 650 hours outside school on their futures. This academic work, which is aligned with state standards, combines with field trips to local colleges as well as high-school placement services and community-service opportunities. And the statistics speak. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement?s scholars advance to top academic high-school programs, 94% graduate from high-school on time (nearly double the rate of their peers), and 93% advance to college.
KNOW is a touring lecture series from four of the filmmakers at stillmotion, the Emmy-winning collective behind A Game of Honor and Old Skool Cafe. Justin, Patrick, Ray, and Amina lead all-day seminars that cover virtually every aspect of modern filmmaking, from conceptualizing a story to selecting the correct camera lenses to understanding the editing process. Besides feature-length documentaries, stillmotion’s portfolio includes commercial work, wedding shoots, and television miniseries, giving the artists a wealth of knowledge they use to help moviemakers in virtually any genre or field. Attendees may choose to attend just the filmmaking workshop or supplement it with a two-hour editing seminar, but everyone goes home with some combination of take-away materials, such as the filmmaking smartphone app SMAPP, the collective’s 370-page Field Guide to Filmmaking.
BarSphere Agency can transform any room into a lively, bustling bar, complete with mixologists clad in black button-downs and silk ties. Those mixologists transport their own portable bars and barware to the client's venue, then set to work pouring international beers, wines, and spirits and classic cocktails such as the mint-muddled mojito. Whether customers choose a pre-set menu or request custom drinks, the possibilities are virtually endless, since BarSphere Agency's owner also runs Victor?s Liquor store and can draw on the shop's vast inventory.
BarSphere Agency also operates a bartender-training school in which libations and learning go hand-in-hand. During training sessions, students learn to mix, muddle, and pour a range of drinks while simultaneously keeping events running smoothly. After completing the training, students receive a certification that enhances job prospects and allows them to demand that family members address them reverentially as "Bartender."
Project DC Events organizes jubilant bar crawls, such as The DC Santa Crawl, Bright and Pint, Pink and Drink, Cupid's Bar Crawl, The Shamrock Crawl, All American Bar Crawl, and Clarendon Halloween Crawl, which allow visitors to enjoy drink specials at a wide range of Dupont Circle drinking spots. In addition to discounts on drinks, events often include complimentary party favors, pictures, and prizes.
Fluent City's campuses train tongues in the basics and nuances of up to 10 languages, depending on location, through interactive group classes. Experienced teachers introduce groups of students to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in a student's chosen language. Languages are divided based on students' incoming level of proficiency, and group courses run for a total of 20 hours. Although not included with the class, students can also meet with instructors in flexible private lessons tailored to each pupil's individual needs.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.