Our mission is to create and provide a safe haven and strong peer-based environment for all children living in Clinton-Peabody Public Housing in order to foster self-esteem and academic confidence.

City Faces programs include tutoring, mentoring, girls club and community garden. Our programs teach life skills, such as problem-solving, cooperation, and self-evaluation. Children and adolescents attending City Faces programs develop a supportive network of peers and caring adults. City Faces provides a safe environment both physically and psychologically, giving the children and teenagers the tools they need to succeed and thrive.

City Faces At WashU

Who We Are

City Faces at WashU is a Washington University student group that partners with City Faces director Jovan Hansman to design and implement all programming, curriculum, and operational activities. City Faces at WashU fosters a collaborative and safe environment for WashU students and Clinton-Peabody youth. We provide the opportunity for mutual learning and understanding among people from a variety of backgrounds. By aiming to create a support system for City Faces youth, they can acquire skills such as problem solving, cooperation, and self-reflection.

We also coordinate the Community Garden, Girls ClubMentoring, and Tutoring programs. We are always looking to expand our partnerships to continue to build a diverse and enriching experience for City Faces students.

Our Values

  • Long Lasting Relationships: We strive to create meaningful, stable relationships between City Faces youth and Washington University (Wash U) students.
  • Extracurricular Enrichment: We seek to provide City Faces youth with opportunities to continue and expand their learning outside of the classroom.
  • Fostering Healthy Habits: We aim to foster physical, social, and mental health by providing nurturing relationships, a welcoming environment, and open discussion.
  • Independent Development: We provide the opportunity for Wash U students to conceptualize and implement their own plans and activities.
  • Increased Awareness: We work to educate the Wash U campus about the needs of our neighboring communities and opportunities for collaboration.
  • Structural Organization: We support Jovan Hansman, the Director of City Faces, through streamlining City Faces programs and managing volunteers.