Adopt a Program, Event or Summer Camp in 2019!

Dear Community & Supporters,

After operating for nearly ten years, So What Else is honored that our Co-Founder Dave Silbert was named one of Washingtonian Magazine's - Washingtonian's of the Year 2018; recognizing the work So What Else does with underserved youth and communities. Our staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly and the founders and a small network have funded this mission to serve children. All of our youth programming is zero cost for children and communities.

We need your help to sustain our upcoming 2019 programming and continue to deliver our services.

We simply cannot make the impact we do without the support of a movement of people dedicated to creating a better existence for our children. 

Our generous financial committee is now covering all of our administrative costs which means that 100% of your money goes directly to our youth programming. They have also agreed to match all donations, up to $75,000, that we receive through March 31st, 2019.

Please consider adopting a program, event or summer camp in 2019. 

Here are the levels of giving and where your funds go: 

$40.00 sponsors a day of camp for one child.

$100.00 sponsors STEAM supplies (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) for one week of camp.

$200.00 sponsors a week of Spring Break Camp for one child.

$600.00 sponsors healthy snacks for 30 children for 12 weeks in one of our after-school programs.

$1,000.00 sponsors one field trip for 30 children.

$2,000.00 sponsors 10 children for one week of Summer Camp.

$5,000.00 sponsors 15 kids for 12 weeks of our Spring and Fall Arts & Activism After-school Program.


How do we make an impact?

  • Our out of school time programs fill the gaps that are left by underfunded school systems providing lessons and activities that supplement, enrich and reinforce children’s learning in the classroom.

  • We help children reach their greatest potentials through opening up new pathways to learning. Students participate in lessons, activities and disciplines that they typically wouldn’t be exposed to. Supporting their development in becoming well rounded and engaged future citizens.

  • 34% of children under 14 go unsupervised from the time the school bell rings, until their parents get home from work, So What Else provides a safe place for children to spend after school hours and fill that time with enriching programs such as Olympiad Sports, Expressive Arts and Integrative Wellness.

  • So What Else’s volunteer branch promotes community engagement by connecting volunteers to participate in rewarding projects and initiatives in the DC metro area.

  • Our students are encouraged to “Pay It Forward” by participating in service projects, allowing them to take pride in being able to give back to their community.

  • So What Else hosts high school and college interns allowing budding youth advocates a chance to learn and grow alongside our children. Many of the interns are working to become the next generation of psychologists, educators and youth development professionals.

  • Our chapter in Baltimore is the catalyst in joining together several community organizations. This year was the first So What Else summer camp, brought to over 50 children in a desperately needed community.

  • We offer youth rich and rewarding out of school time programming, guided by our value system: "The Ten Pillars of So What Else.”

-Teamwork and Sportsmanship


-Leave No Trace



-Be True to Yourself

-Pay It Forward/Civic Responsibility


-Constant Growth

So What Else