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From documentaries to jazz bands, D.C. arts center fosters talent, passion in low-income youth

From almost dropping out, to making and screening a documentary at prestigious film festivals: Students at a local arts center discover creativity and themselves.

WASHINGTON — A few years ago, 19-year-old Precious Lambert seriously considered dropping out of high school.

“I just didn’t feel as safe as I should have, and to be honest, it didn’t feel like a priority to me,” says Lambert, of Southeast D.C.

“It just so happens that my two best friends dropped out in ninth grade year, and that meant more to me than anything because we were all supposed to graduate together — walk across the stage like,