Gearing Towards Our Newest Phase of Environmental Service & Stewardship Through the Power of Partnership

Earth Conservation Corps & Americorps graduate, Robert West with one our Eagles during President Obama's Inaguration in 2008.

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The River of Hope is an under-resourced youth engagement model that connects the rising generation of Wards 6, 7, & 8 by harnessing local and national partnerships to create future STEAM Leaders.


Our River of Hope coalition will engage every willing member of the 2,200 unemployed disenfranchised young adults along the Anacostia River in a transformational environmental restoration program, leading to employment, higher education, and long term sustainability.



The River of Hope Partnership is dedicated to restoring our country’s most threatened natural resources—our environment and our under-resourced young people. Since Earth Conservation Corps’ formation in 1989 as a White House initiative and launch in 1992, and the subsequent formation of the River of Hope Partnership in 1994; we have grown from an inspired dream to a national model for service-learning initiatives. The idea was simple: give people a chance to transform their lives by reviving their watershed communities. Our lasting model of the creative adaptive reuse of dilapidated buildings into environmental youth engagement centers, positions the River of Hope Partnership for a new level of service-learning. 

Mayor Williams presenting the River of Hope alongside Earth Conservation Corpsmember, Tendani Mumbasi

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Inspired a movement 

With a legacy 30 years strong


From first outdoor experience to conservationist, River of Hope’s cyclical peer corpsmember model will create STEAM career pathways through boots on the ground
and multi-disciplinary exposure for opportunity youth.

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Our nation’s capital is experiencing exponential infrastructure growth; once life-threatening streets of Southeast D.C. are now bubbling with new apartments, cafes, and widespread amenities. Over the past 30 years, the River of Hope Partnership has maintained its position at the historic capitol pumphouse, and later down the street at the Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center -- which are now in the backyards of two of D.C.’s largest stadiums -- the Washington Nationals and D.C. United. 

As a new bridge runs across the Anacostia, connecting our communities by transport, the River of Hope Partnership seeks to address the still-lasting disparities across our river by bridging our communities. With a 10 year difference in life expectancy across the Anacostia River, and a 12.8% unemployment rate disparity between Ward 8 (16.8%) and Ward 2 (4.0%) as of February 2021 according to the Department of Employment Services (DOES); the River of Hope Partnership is working to close this disparity by creating STEAM pathways for under-resourced youth. 


The River of Hope Campus



1) The Monique Johnson River Center

    1520 First St SE, Washington, DC 20003


2)​ The Matthew Henson  Earth Conservation Center

    2000 Half Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024


3) Wings Campus

    Currently under construction with the help from Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy,                       Fresh Start project, & Greenspur

    3190 Oak Hill Drive, Laurel, MD 20724

Restoration Areas

 4) Diamond Teague Park

     Adjacent to the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center

5) Turtle Beach

    Adjacent to the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center

 6) Civil Rights Battleground, Kingman & Heritage Islands


To learn specifics about each River of Hope Campus you can either click on the names above, or visit them by the listed tabs under 'A River of Hope.'

Earth Conservation Corpsmember Ronny Rice on our River of Hope.

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