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Maya Angelou Academy @ Youth Services Center
“Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.”
– Dr. Angelou

The Maya Angelou Academy @ Youth Services Center provides a safe, nurturing, and mutually respectful environment that motivates and prepares incarcerated young people to fulfill their academic or career potential. Many students, ranging from 14 to 19, come in performing significantly below grade level, and nearly half have been diagnosed with learning disabilities. With the support of a wide circle of caring adults, these students develop the skills they need to advocate for their most authentic self and make sound decisions that lead to rewarding lives.

Broadly, the Youth Services Center (YSC) is the District of Columbia’s detention center for male and female youth, it is responsible for the care and custody of young people placed in secure detention by court from the DC Superior Court  -Family Court Division. The Maya Angelou Academy @ YSC is an alternative school within that youth detention facility. Our school is designed to meet the needs of students who are currently detained by the juvenile justice system regardless of academic career history and current academic standing.

Want to learn more about Maya Angelou Academy @ Youth Services Center? Connect with our team here! 


VISION STATEMENT All scholars will receive an education that transforms mindsets and empowers them to reach their full potential.
MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to cultivate a learning community that empowers detained youth through a restorative educational approach.
CORE VALUES Maya CARES. Our five core values are at the heart of our mission and vision are:

▪️ Community ▪️ We strive to build a learning community where all scholars are empowered to reach their full potential. ▪️ Accountability ▪️ Through restorative approaches, we not only hold ourselves accountable for providing a transformative education but also hold our scholars accountable for working to reach their full potential. ▪️ Recognition ▪️ We know that celebrating success builds more success, and we recognize the achievements of our scholars and staff. ▪️ Empathy ▪️ We lead with empathy and also strive to help our scholars develop empathy as a leadership skill. ▪️ Support ▪️ Our learning community is built upon a foundation of support, both academic and social-emotional.


IES National Center for Education Statistics’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services Website’s Youth Services Center Homepage’s YSC Printable Flyer 

📍 1000 Mount Olivet Rd. NE, Washington, DC 20002
📶 (202) 289-8898
🐾 Our mascot is the Bulldog, they’re known for their loyalty and determination
📡 For more about the Maya Academies please contact Dr. Hayward, Deputy Chief of Secure Programs (she/her)

🌠 We are passionate about serving students that others have given up on.
🌠 We run toward these kids that others run away from.
🌠 We’ll try to exhaust every avenue on helping them to be successful.
🌠 It’s beyond just getting a diploma, we’re helping them through school to achieve purpose and vision.

-James Forman, See Forever Foundation and MAPS Co-Founder