• Upcoming Events

    Jun
    3
    Sat
    10:00 am Anacostia Park Timed Run @ Anacostia Park
    Anacostia Park Timed Run @ Anacostia Park
    Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Anacostia Park Timed Run @ Anacostia Park | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
    Join us for a free, timed 5K run in Anacostia Park! New this year, TRDC’s monthly, timed races will allow students and volunteers to track their running progress on a regular basis as they work to improve their fitness levels and finish times over the course of the year. Races will take place on the first Saturday of each month, except when another TRDC race is scheduled for that month (i.e., Jingle All the Way in December, Cherry Blossom in April, and Mentoring Matters 5K in May). Runners will meet in Anacostia Park, just a short walk from the Anacostia[...]
    Jun
    10
    Sat
    8:45 am June Mentor Training
    June Mentor Training
    Jun 10 @ 8:45 am – 9:45 am
    Monthly mentor training sessions focus on topics such as adolescent development, building and sustaining strong mentoring relationships, and motivating youth to set and achieve running-related goals. Trainings also allow time for volunteers to provide group support to one another, as they navigate the challenges and celebrate the successes of mentorship. Trainings will be held at 8:45am (immediately before practice) on the second Saturday of each month. Trainings will be held outdoors, at the Yards Park, weather-permitting. Check back for meeting location updates in the case of inclement weather or contact Jen at 202-818-8600, Ext 1. Mentor trainings are open to all TRDC volunteers; attendance is mandatory[...]
    10:00 am Saturday Practice
    Saturday Practice
    Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Meet us at 10AM at The Yards Park for Teens Run DC community running practices! TRDC welcomes people of all fitness and ability levels!  Questions? Contact jen@teensrundc.org or call 202-818-8600, ext. 1.
    Jun
    17
    Sat
    10:00 am End of Season Celebration
    End of Season Celebration
    Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Join us for an End of Season gathering to celebrate all that we have accomplished over the course of the year! Details TBA!

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    Staff

    Steve Hocker : Executive Director

    Steve Hocker

    Executive Director
    steve@teensrundc.org
    (202) 818-8600 ext. 3

    Steve Hocker is the Executive Director 0f Teens Run DC. He is a native Washingtonian who comes to TRDC after 25 successful years as the President and CEO of Special Olympics District of Columbia. During his long tenure with Special Olympics, Steve possessed a commitment to improving the lives of youths and adults with intellectual disabilities worldwide. He assisted in developing the first Special Olympics programs in the former Soviet Union and in 7 Middle Eastern countries. Steve also spent 18 years as a youth, high school, college, and professional basketball coach. His focus was never on the significance of winning games, but more importantly, on the shared values the team learned about life through their long journey of a season together. Steve has always been passionate about the overall development of the lives of our young people. He has lived his life with the belief that with proper support, physical activity, and a strong connection to others in your life, ONE CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING! When Steve takes time away from TRDC, you can find him taking long walks with his wife, Linda, and their dog, Riley. Other times are dedicated to their daughter, Lindsay, son-in-law, Jamie, grandchildren, JM and Jack, and son, Michael.


    Ben Forman, PhD : Founder

    Ben Forman, PhD

    Founder
    ben@teensrundc.org
    (301) 537-0009

    Ben Forman is the Founder of Teens Run DC. He is a clinical psychologist with a strong commitment to community mental health and work with children and families. For the past 25 years, he has worked with adults and children, individuals and families. In addition to his therapy work, he has consulted with professional and paraprofessional staff at community agencies in both Montgomery County and DC's Ward 8. For the past 12 years he has chaired the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program, and for the past eight years the Community Outreach Program, both at the Washington School of Psychiatry. In 2004, he developed Through My Eyes: the DC Photo Narrative Project. In 2009, he started Teens Run DC. Both these projects/mentoring programs reflect his conviction that positive change and growth occur within the context of caring relationships and a welcoming community that emphasize our clients’ strengths and problem-solving abilities to improve their lives. He is both a documentary photographer and a runner.


    Jen Edmond : Mentoring Program Manager

    Jen Edmond

    Mentoring Program Manager
    jen@teensrundc.org
    (202) 818-8600 ext. 1

    Jen Edmond joined Teens Run DC as Mentoring Program Manager in the summer of 2015, after completing her Master’s in Counseling at Boston University. Her graduate studies included a specialization in sport psychology, with an emphasis on sports-based youth development. Jen has worked directly with youth in a variety of settings: implementing a character development and physical fitness program at an inner-city Boston high school; as an outdoor educator, facilitating team-building, camping, and hiking trips; as a clinical intern at an adolescent intensive outpatient substance abuse recovery program; and as a bicycle tour leader, guiding teens from New York City to Montreal. As a long-time distance runner, she strongly believes in running as one of the most powerful tools for building confidence, setting and achieving goals, and fostering a sense of community among individuals. In her free time, Jen can usually be found participating in a variety of outdoorsy and creative pursuits.


    Lizzie Majewski : Director of Operations

    Lizzie Majewski

    Director of Operations
    lizzie@teensrundc.org
    (202) 818-8600 ext. 4

    Lizzie comes to Teens Run DC to further her work in youth development and nonprofit management. Before joining Teens Run DC, Lizzie was a Senior Grant Writer at Elevate, a consulting firm that works with nonprofits both in DC and nationally. At Elevate, she wrote grants and fundraised for several education and youth- based nonprofits. Before her work in DC, Lizzie coached at a small youth running nonprofit in North Carolina and was a writing center tutor for undergraduates at Wake Forest University. She also assisted with grant writing and program development for a youth camp that provides a free week of camp for cancer survivors and their siblings. She currently is a member of the Camp’s Board of Directors.

    Lizzie holds a BA in English Literature and History from Saint Mary’s College and a MA in English Literature from Wake Forest. At Saint Mary’s College, she was a member of the Dean’s List for 7 semesters and was a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll for her participation in cross country. A runner at heart, Lizzie ran cross country in high school and college and continues to run by training for marathons. She is excited to bring her passion for youth development and running to the Teens Run DC community.


    Olga Acosta Price, PhD : Program Evaluation Consultant

    Olga Acosta Price, PhD

    Program Evaluation Consultant


    Dr. Olga Acosta Price oversees Teens Run DC's evaluation efforts, directs the research lab, and has served as collaborator and sounding board for program staff since inception. She is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at George Washington University. She also serves as director of the School of Public Health’s Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Prior to joining the faculy in 2006, Professor Price was director of the School Mental Health Program at the Department of Mental Health in Washington, DC. She was also an assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine and served as associate director of the Center for School Mental Health Assistance, a national technical assistance center. In that latter capacity, she helped to promote the development of school-based mental health services across the country. Dr. Price’s primary research activities have been in the area of school mental health, prevention, resilience, community violence, and program development and evaluation. She is currently principal investigator of a SAMHSA-funded outreach program designed to address teen suicide. Dr. Price is a member of the U.S. Senate’s Federal School Mental Health workgroup, co-president of the D.C. Assembly on School-Based Health Care and a consultant to several DC government agencies involved in developing school mental health programs. She is also a member of the Community Advisory Board.