Education is a growing focus of YWP programming. At this point, we work on education issues in two ways. First, we provide support, training, and coaching to our youth staff so that they can improve their individual educational experience and outcomes and successfully apply and prepare for college and career attainment. YWP also helps students complete the FAFSA, discuss college and career options, and troubleshoot school-related problems. As part of our youth development program, we work directly in and with school personnel – through which we witness DC’s educational challenges first hand. These interactions, as well as our youth’s academic needs and problems, have helped shape our policy work in this area.