The mission of Shaw Community Ministry is to enhance the lives and expand the opportunities of children, youth, and adults of the Shaw community, in Washington, DC, by maintaining respectful relationships and working through partnerships and collaborations with local organizations and members of the community and others.

We do so by providing many, varied educational programs that seek to empower the people of community; programs for which we seek community input and evaluation.

Our goal for every child or teen in our afterschool and college prep programs is that they will grow up to become a "citizen of the world." A citizen of the world is well-educated, but still seeks to learn more about themselves and the world. A citizen of the world has been exposed to many learning opportunities and develops into a confident, poised person who can meet life's challenges and overcome racial, socio-economic and gender barriers.