A number of collaborative councils exist in the District of Columbia to work on neighborhood-based prevention services. Such groups work together to improve the lives of community members in the DC area. The group each have a different set of goals as per the talents of the combined efforts of the involved community partners and the needs of the communities they serve.
Examples of work include family services to maintain healthy and strong families, develop the unemployed and underemployed to build a robust economy, and prevent youth violence. Partners differ based on the neighborhood and include local and national organizations alike. Prominent partners include the American Red Cross, Capital Area Food Bank, and the Sasha Bruce Youthwork.
These councils provide a great basis for community-based research and great connection to partners conducting positive initiatives in their local neighborhood. Check out the work these councils do as well as connect with them on future projects by communicating through their website: http://dccollaboratives.org/the-collaboratives/