In 2017, Connecting Communities, made the bold move of ensuring that District of Columbia youth and young adults have access to high quality educational programs, adequate community resources and family supports, by establishing the Community Academy, The Youth Leadership Advisory Academy and the Student Success Academy. These are a set of programs designed to use community voices to influence productive and positive change in their community while engaging youth and young adults in student lead and fun activities in an environment that helps them to see their full potential and gain self-confidence, positive self-esteem and a love for learning.