Young Washingtonians generally have it pretty good, with an abundance of job opportunities, an expanding citizenry, and rich cultural undercurrents. But for many of their peers living outside of the federal bubble (or even within certain subsections of D.C.) challenges abound and a clear work and life path can be difficult to conceive.
Solving this 'Great Youth Depression' -- a perceived lost generation of American youth that is still struggling to find steady work despite an otherwise growing economy -- is the mission behind the David Pattinson's American Future
And Friday evening, the Virginia-based nonprofit hosted its second annual black tie benefit on the Georgetown waterfront, with a goal, beyond fundraising, to raise awareness of the current challenges facing the nation's young adults.
The second 'Future of America' gala drew hundreds to the House of Sweden
, for a festive night of drinks and dancing.
Live music came courtesy of the District's own Dale and the ZDubs
, with DJ Esso
filling in between sets.
Beyond a lively dance floor, guests to the event were treated to a complimentary head shot session by photographer Barry Morgenstein
and beauty makeovers from StyleMeBar
Founded as a way to engage and empower young professionals, business leaders, elected officials, and other career planning stakeholders to celebrate the abundance of youth opportunities available in the United States, dpaf is currently undertaking a 12 state 'WeTheFuture' tour highlighting initiatives and solutions that promote greater economic opportunity and involvement for young Americans.