So What Else

  • Maryland


Preserve Parkway
United States

About Us

Who is So What Else:

So What Else delivers free after school and summer programming to underserved youth; provides resources and service to other community organizations; and mobilizes the youth we serve to "pay it forward" to their community through service.

Our Mission

So What Else is a 501c(3) organization that strengthens our community through innovative youth programming and service-learning enrichment in under-served communities. We do this by imparting experiences and knowledge that position our youth to make sound life choices and realize their full potential.

We exist in a tripod of service:

  1. To provide out of school time educational and creative programming to underserved youth;
  2. To promote volunteerism and provide resources and service to other community organizations; and to
  3. Mobilize the youth we serve to, in return, pay it forward to their community through service.

In short, our motto is help the kids; help the community; and help the kids help the community.

As an organization, So What Else’s primary goal is to continue expanding our after-school and summer programs to children who do not otherwise have access to certain activities, skills, and perspectives without deliberate exposure. Our diverse curriculum fosters academic achievement, inspires community engagement, teaches teamwork and empathy, nurtures a healthy lifestyle, engenders a sense of well-being and self-efficacy, and promotes environmental stewardship.

Founded on the simple desire to do good in the world, So What Else has not abandoned its altruistic roots. In addition to our year-round enrichment activities, So What Else leads volunteers at +70 volunteer events per year, logging +1,500 individual service hours, and incorporates service activities into all after school and summer sites regardless of class focus.