The mission of the WWYO is to support positive youth development. In all of the WWYO’s activities, the goal is to enable all participants to progress individually and collectively in areas of self-esteem, physical fitness, discipline, academics, and life skills. This is achieved through encouraging academics and using positive coaching to teach proper athletic techniques, team work, and work ethics. The philosophy of the WWYO is one that promotes our mission by operating with fairness, accountability, humility, simplicity, transparency, and fiscal soundness.
WWYO’s motto is Dedication – Desire – Discipline
WWYO achieves its mission and goals by recruiting qualified volunteers to:
As such, we provide educational, cultural, and social activities for youth and their families. Specifically, the WWYO offers a football program, a basketball program, and a cheerleading program. These programs are made available at the Perry St, Prep Public Charter School and the Dwight Mosley Athletic Fields all located at 18th and Perry Streets, NE. We reach and serve approximately 400 youth each year.
The Woodridge Warriors Youth Organization was established in 1963 to improve the quality of life and assure the optimal development of children, youth and their families in Washington, DC. Originally founded as the Woodridge Pioneers in 1963 by Nathaniel Briscoe, with assistance from Chauncey Lyles, and Mason Clark. The organization was established to support the Woodridge Community football, baseball, basketball, track and boxing teams. In the beginning, the Pioneers were an organization of adult volunteers working with youth participating in all of the aforementioned sports.Throughout the years, the organization continued to operate and evolve, until July 1999 when it officially became the Woodridge Warriors Youth Organization (WWYO). The WWYO is officially incorporated as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia and recognized by the Federal Government as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity.Funding for the organization is strictly by fund raising, donations, contributions, grants, and voluntary acts of service.