Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival 2017

May 13, 2017

Living Classrooms Foundation

Funds from the Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival benefit Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region and are allocated to maintenance and restoration of the island and to education and job-training programs in Washington, DC.

Our Mission

Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.”

Living Classrooms Foundation is a regional nonprofit organization serving youth and families in Washington, DC and Baltimore and the surrounding metropolitan areas with innovative hands on education, job-training, and health and wellness programming.  The organization was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1985 with a philosophy based on the concept that students -- especially those in need of extra guidance -- placed in small classes in challenging settings respond to real-world applications of academics and the “work world” far more readily than they do in traditional classrooms.

Investing in DC YOUTH

In 2001, we expanded into Washington, DC to meet the needs of some of the National Capital’s most disadvantaged residents. Currently, we serve 25,000 individuals each year through a multi-generational approach that includes targeted educational programming, customized job-training and placement, effective health and fitness opportunities, and a wide range of supportive services. We place a special emphasis on serving youth and families in poverty, adjudicated youth, and adult ex-offenders.

Living Classrooms is investing our three decades of experience and success in serving youth and families towards breaking the cycle of generational poverty that persists in many neighborhoods in Washington, DC.  We are serving some of DC's most disadvantaged communities, which have suffered from decades of low educational achievement, high poverty, unemployment, crime, and recidivism rates, gang activity, and chronic health problems. Using proven hands-on training methods in our established after-school and supplemental education programs, health and wellness programs, violence prevention and reduction initiatives, clean and green projects, and job training focused on teen and adult ex-offenders, we provide results-oriented programming that helps youth and families remove barriers to success and build a bridge to a successful future. These programs are an effective intervention for poverty, and help create systemic solutions to effect much-needed change in parts of DC, namely Wards 6, 7, and 8, and surrounding Prince George's County.

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Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region's Director of Education, Monique Schmidt, poses with members of the Queen Beez leadership through hip-hop program.

Special Thanks to Our 2017 Sponsors:


guitar sponsors

Fiddle Sponsors


HARMONICA sponsors

Volunteer Sponsors