Mission: To support the residents of the East End and educate its students, equipping them to serve as positive contributors to their family, community, and society.
Vision: Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC) will serve as a community change agent through education.
Purpose: Educate the Child, Engage the Family, Empower the Community
Guiding Principle: We believe that every child is a product of expectations, not just their environment. Our goal is to ensure that each child develops and utilizes his or her gifts, talents, and skills to achieve academic success and self-sufficiency as productive adult citizens.
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Local East End resident, parent and activist, John Coleman founded the Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC) in 1979. When the Center first opened its doors, it was housed in St. Peters Episcopal Church at the corner of X and 22nd streets. This struggling neighborhood in the heart of the East End faces below average income levels and high crime and drug use rates, and Coleman wanted to provide a safe program for the area youth. With a heart for the neighborhood, his goal was to support and rebuild the community by strengthening its families. Seniors and youth would come to receive help with homework, financial assistance, and participate in recreational activities.
After John Coleman’s death in 1986, the Center continued to be primarily supported by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and many generous individuals. Over the next 30 years, the Center’s programs and partnerships developed, expanded and strengthened with a focus on fostering and measuring academic achievement. Board Chair Reverend David Anderson helped lead fundraising efforts with the “Calling All Angels” campaign to expand the Center’s presence in the community and physical capacity with the building of a new facility in 2007 across the street from St. Peter’s Church.
Today, the Center’s facilities include one central building and two satellite sites, Fairfield Court and Woodville Elementary Schools. Our satellite sites allow us to serve additional students past the capacity of the Center. The Center holds classrooms, an art room, computer lab, kitchen, administrative offices and a multiuse lunchroom/gymnasium/auditorium. A children’s garden and community garden border the building. Currently the house owned by PPDC adjacent to the Center, which was used as additional classroom and office space, has been demolished in preparation for a 5,000 square foot building expansion set to be completed in the fall of 2016.
Damon Jiggetts currently serves as the Center’s Executive Director. Damon brings a proven record of accomplishment with a background in organizational development, fiscal management, personnel development, and community relations. Under Jiggetts leadership, Peter Paul programs continue to expand, including an after school program at the neighboring Fairfield Court and Woodville Elementary Schools that takes best practices from the Peter Paul experience to students in a satellite location. Jiggett’s attention on strategic growth is pointing the organization to its dream of surrounding the neighborhood with a unified community of support so that children thrive and reach their potential.