Beacon House is an afterschool education and youth development organization serving children and families in the greater Edgewood neighborhood of Northeast Washington, DC. Beacon House’s mission is to provide children in and around Edgewood with a safe, nurturing, life expanding community in which to increase their academic achievement, discover their talents, and grow into healthy adults who achieve their greatest potential. Its programs focus on closing the education achievement gap - and thus improving the economic trajectories - of children in Ward 5 for whom generational poverty is most persistent.
The Day Tajon Got Shot has won two national awards in 2018 --the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year (Young Author) and “In the Margins” Book of the Year (for books appealing to at-risk teens)-- and was featured in School Library Journal as one of “10 Books to Read After The Hate U Give,” the most-lauded young adult novel of 2017. As well as being placed locally in every DC public middle and high school, this national attention has prompted over 1,300 educators, librarians, and booksellers across the country to order copies. Teen authors have been profiled on TV, radio, and in print, and are in demand as speakers, representing the youth voice in discussions about gun violence and #BlackLivesMatter.