In 2015, we changed our name from Mentoring Today to Open City Advocates. The new name better conveys our values, our services, and who we are. Mentoring remains a primary component of how we connect with youth, but advocacy is the true linchpin of our program as our staff and volunteers zealously fight to ensure that the voices and choices of our mentees are heard. Although most of our youth have lived in Washington, DC, their entire lives, they do not feel that many areas of the city and its resources are open to them. Our mentor-advocates help bridge the divisions in our city and open doors for our youth. An open city also evokes ideas of transparency and accountability. Through our community partnerships, we are working to ensure that DC’s juvenile justice system is effective, accountable to our city’s youth, and transparent in its policies.