Current Goals

  • Summer 2019: New Location

  • Autumn 2019: After School Tutoring Program

  • Winter 2019: Boxing Team Tryouts

  • Spring 2020: Entrepreneurship and Arts Programs


The Midtown Youth Academy (the “Organization”) was founded in 1977 by Eugene R. Hughes, a boxing trainer and drug abuse counselor, who was acutely aware of the conditions that often led youth of the District of the Columbia to become involved in drug addiction and crime. Through the Organization, Mr. Hughes recruited volunteers to work with neighborhood youth to provide boxing lessons as a therapeutic recreational outlet and an after-school tutoring program in test preparation, technology, arts, entrepreneurship, and other skills.

Mr. Hughes and the organizations board members have been working on revitalizing the academy and it’s programs for the past three years. While doing so, the members realized it was in the best interest of the organization to find a new home. For over 40 years, the organization has served as a safe haven for thousands of inner city youth and neighbors. It was the dream of Mr. Hughes and still is the organization’s goal, for the Midtown Youth Academy to live long and continue to stand strong as “A balance in the Community”.