The STAND (Strengthening Thoughts and Nurturing Dreams) Foundation is a 501c3 organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The purpose of The Stand Foundation is to provide an opportunity where inner city youth can gain self knowledge, life skills and build confidence through equestrian education and training. The STAND Foundation is in the business of changing and shaping lives through nature. The work we do is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges. We strive to build partnerships with those who have the same vision to empower others by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.

Since 2012, our work has targeted the geographical areas of inner city youth in wards 7 & 8 in Washington, D.C. and the inner city of Baltimore. The STAND Foundation integrated equestrian assisted learning into many area programs. Notably, in 2020 Rock Creek Park Horse center collaborated to provide equine therapy for the wellness department at Moten Elementary School for 30 Students. In 2019, The Department of Parks and Recreation collaborated for the 1st time integrating horses into their overnight camp at Camp Riverview providing service to over 200 youth throughout the 8 wards that make up Washington DC.  In 2018, a rodeo readiness program was implemented at Anacostia High School. In 2017, through connecting with the City Ranch in Baltimore, we had the honor of being the home school program provider implementing the boy scout horse badge component.

The STAND Foundation participates and supports many community events. In 2016, the Hope Riders in Clinton, Maryland promoted field trips to the community in which we serve. The STAND Foundation participates and supports many community events to expose urban youth to the joy of horses. We completed our third year of Beat the Streets sponsored by the Metropolitan Police Department. In addition to Art All Night, the Chocolate City Experience and various city parades. 

The STAND (Strengthening Thoughts and Nurturing Dreams) Foundation is a 501c3 organization for Washington, D.C. under-served youth and young adults encouraging and supporting self – sufficiency. Our mission is to inspire youth and young adults to pursue positive decision-making skills through our quality nature and equine-based enrichment programs and workshops.

Since 2012, our work has targeted the geographical areas of inner city youth in wards 7 & 8 in Washington, D.C. and the inner city of Baltimore. The STAND Foundation integrated equestrian assisted learning into many area programs. Notably, in 2020 Rock Creek Park Horse center collaborated to provide equine therapy for the wellness department at Moten Elementary School for 30 Students. In 2019, The Department of Parks and Recreation collaborated for the 1st time integrating horses into their overnight camp at Camp Riverview providing service to over 200 youth throughout the 8 wards that make up Washington DC.  In 2018, a rodeo readiness program was implemented at Anacostia High School. In 2017, through connecting with the City Ranch in Baltimore, we had the honor of being the home school program provider implementing the boy scout horse badge component.

The STAND Foundation participates and supports many community events. In 2016, the Hope Riders in Clinton, Maryland provided field trips to the community in which we serve. The STAND Foundation participates and supports many community events to expose urban youth to the joy of horses. We completed our third year of Beat the Streets summer series sponsored by the Metropolitan Police Department. In addition to Art All Night, the Chocolate City Experience and various city parades. 

          As a proud recipient of an Events DC Cultural Community Grant which kickstarted our Equestrian programs and we have added the following programs and events to our portfolio: Rodeo Readiness after school program, Summer Camps, Field trips, Western and English Riding Program, Equine Themed Art Program, Nutrition Literacy Wellness Program, Mindfulness (yoga , meditation), equine assisted learning, equine therapy , mindfulness, archery and other horse sports. The following programs were implemented during the pandemic of 2020: The Great Outdoor Adventures virtual summer camp and Equestrian Everything virtual after school programs( with one week session of hands on farm experience and riding lessons).