Welcome to Daniel A. Payne Community Development Corporation
What We Do
We address needs in education and literacy, promote social and economic justice, support economic development, and nurture the legacy of artistic tradition. We are building bridges and hope, while supporting families, and serving community. Our programs benefit people in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, especially those not well-served.
STEM, ROBOTICS, AND GIRLS WHO CODE PROGRAMS
During the period 2017–spring 2019, 13 STEM field trips were sponsored for middle school students. This included 7 general STEM field trips; 3 medically-focused field trips; and 3 STEAM (STEM+ the Arts) field trips. The STEAM trips were started in 2017 to demonstrate to students that technology can enable new forms of Art and improve existing forms. Technology also allows people to study, preserve, and verify Art objects. Nearly 450 students attended these events.
Since 2013, the DAPCDC has conducted a Robotics Program for students 6-17 years old. In January 2018, we hosted a Robotics Competition at Metropolitan AME Church. Over 250 people attended; the DAPCDC Team competed. The Team competed in several other events.
In January 2018, the DAPCDC's application for a Girls Who Code Club was approved by the National organization. Classes began with 6th-12th grade girls creating an app as their Computer Science Impact Project. Future Impact Projects could include creating video games and web pages. They learned about women who made major contributions in STEM fields as well. The National organization expanded the grande range of the students to include grades 3-5.
In late 2018, the DAPCDC's National Society of Black Engineers, Jr. chapter was reactivated. All students in the Robotics and Girls Who Code Programs were provided free memberships by the DAPCDC.
Volkswagen of America – Supporting Our Youth
The Daniel A. Payne CDC’s Percy Julian Institute (PJI) received a generous financial contribution from Volkswagen of America (VW) to help strengthen PJI's infrastructure for its Robotics and Girls Who Code Programs. VW has been a wonderful corporate partner. PJI appreciates its support.