OAA News, Events and Announcements 04.13.2012

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Mayor's Office

on African Affairs (OAA)        

News, Events, and Announcements


April 13, 2012

2000 14th Street NW,
Suite 400 North
Washington, D.C., 20009


The mission of the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (OAA) is to ensure that the full range of health, education, employment, social services, safety, business and economic development information, services and opportunities are accessible to the District’s African immigrant communities. 
By serving as the liaison between the District’s African immigrant communities, District government agencies and the Mayor, OAA aims to:  Improve the quality of life of the District’s diverse African born constituencies and their children; Increase civic and public engagement in the District’s African immigrant communities; and Support community development.

In this Issue:

  • 1. OAA Frontpage
  • 2. What's New With Your Mayor?
  • 3. Business Square
  • 4. Newsworthy
  • 5. Nonprofit Niche
  • 6. Get Hired!
  • 7. Rolling in Resources
  • 8. DC Agency Profile
  • 9. You Should Go!

DC Agency Profile


The mission of the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) is to support and coordinate homeland security and emergency management efforts, ensuring that emergency operation in the District of Columbia are prepared to protect against, plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made hazards.

HSEMA Programs:


You Should Go!

District of Columbia 11th Annual Fair Housing Symposium

“Breaking Through Barriers”

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development, the DC Office of Human Rights and the Equal Rights Center will host the District’s annual fair housing symposium on April 19, 2012. This year’s event will include several exciting panel discussions on fair housing issues and two fair housing training sessions, one for housing industry professionals and one for the general public.

Date: April 19, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: True Reformer Building located at 1200 U Street, NW


Serve DC:

Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

Date: April 20-22, 2012


Walk for Peace in Mali

AMAW, the Malian Association of Washington, DC is hosting a Peace Walk in support for the people of the Republic of Mali for the establishment of democracy and the preservation of Mali's territorial integrity.

Date: April 15th 2012
Time: 9 am
Location: Embassy of the Republic of Mali 2130 R Street N.W.Washington D.C. 20008

Contact: Ismaila Togola, itogola@msn.com
240 441-0919
Djeneba Traore jenebat@hotmail.com
571 264-0720


DCPS Emancipation Day Essay Contest

The Office of the Secretary, in partnership with District of Columbia Public Schools and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities offers opportunities for public and public charter student participation in Emancipation Day activities. These activities include an essay contest, poster contest, oratorical contest, documentary on enslavement to emancipation, booklet on ending slavery in the nation's capial, and speakers on slavery, abolition and emancipation.
The essay contest includes an incentive award of $300 for the first-place winner, $200 for the second-place winner, and $100 for the third-place winner.


Triumph of Freedom: DC Emancipation Day

This DC Emancipation Commemoration Lecture Program presented by the National Park Service in collaboration with the Office of Council member Vincent Orange and DC Reading features historian of the African diaspora,C.R. Gibbs.

Date: April 14, 2012
Time: 2 pm
Location: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street, SE


BET Presents the Emancipation Day Great Debate: 150 Years Later

This Saturday, April 14, 2012, the Office of Cable Television (OCT), BET Networks, the Office of the Secretary, the Commission on the Arts & Humanities and Councilmember Vincent B. Orange will host The DC Emancipation Day 150th Anniversary Great Debate at The Historic Lincoln Theater. All Tickets Are FREE! Doors will open at 5:00 pm and The Great Debate will start at 6:00 pm. Panelists will Include minister/civil rights activist/radio & television host Reverend Al Sharpton, television political analyst Joseph Watkins; President of Bennett College/Economist/Author/Entrepreneur Dr. Julianne Malveaux; and Georgetown University professor/author Michael Eric Dyson.

Date: April 14, 2012
Time: 6:pm - 9:pm
Location: The Lincoln Theater, 1215 U Street, NW


Development Challenges for the Global Economy: A Conversation with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

On April 19, the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institute will host Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s coordinating minister for the economy and minister of finance, for a discussion on current challenges to economic development and the changing role of international financial instituti. As the African Union’s nominee for president of the World Bank, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has a unique vision for global development, prioritizing job creation and economic diversification, as well as policies that enable youth and empower women.

Date:April 19, 2012
Time:2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Location:Saul/Zilkha Rooms -The Brookings Instituti1775 Massachusetts Ave., NWWashington, DC

Register here


Run/Walk for Freedom 5K

Join Bridge to Freedom Foundation on April 28, 2012 as they hit the East Potomac trail at Hains Pointin DC for the Annual Run for Freedom 5k, hosted by Foundation Fitness.

When: Saturday, April 28, 8:00 AM
Where: East Potomac Park Golf Course 972 Ohio Drive SW, Washington DC

Register here


National Breast Cancer Coalition:2110 Annual Advocate Summit

NBCC’s Annual Advocate Summit is held in late April or May each year for three days, followed by our annual NBCC Ly Day on Capitol Hill. The Summit is geared towards advocates of all experience levels. It is NBCC’s national meeting of breast cancer advocates from around the world. There will be sessions on the latest scientific researches, training in effective advocacy strategies, and presentations by respected researchers in the field, grassroots leaders from around the country, and prominent public policy experts.

Date: May 5-8, 2012
Time: 8am
Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City--2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA22202

Register here


GEANCO Foundation’s Annual Event

You are invited to attend The GEANCO Foundation’s annual Washington, DC Event on Friday, May 4.
GEANCO’s mission is to save and transform the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Africa.We lead medical missions and are currently developing a world-class hospital in southeast Nigeria.

Date: May 4, 2012
Time: 6:m - 9:m
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace -1779 Massachusetts Ave. NWWashington, DC 20036

RSVP here


Language Access for All: Where We Stand Eight Years After the Language Access Act

To commemorate the eighth anniversary of the passage of the Language Access Act, the DC Language Access Coalition is hosting a series of events in April. We will be releasing a report,The State of Language Access in DC, chronicling the experiences of limited- and non-English proficient DC residents in accessing public services. The report is based on over 300 surveys and interviews with LEP/NEP individuals in DC, and tracks their experiences since the passage of the Act in 2004.

Learn about free public services
Community services fair, free food, interpretation, child care,and transportation
please call 202-621-0001 if you need
transportation or child care.

Date: April 26, 2012
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Location:Columbia Heights Educational Campus -3101 16th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20010


Culinary Arts Program

Are you ready to jumpstart your career in Culinary Arts? Come learn about the one year, hands-on Culinary Arts Program at Carlos Rosario School!
Event: Orientation Session
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (Classes will begin fall 2012)
Time: 10:00-11:30AM or 7:00-8:30PM
Location: School Auditorium. 1100 Harvard St. NW Washington DC, 20009
A picture ID is needed to enter the school building.

OAA Frontpage

OAA Hosts "From DC to Africa" Growing Local, Going Global" Business Seminar

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 6th, 2012 – The Office on African Affairs’ business seminar: “DC to Africa: Growing Local, Going Global” held on Friday, April 6, at the Citywide Conference Center at One Judiciary Square brought over 250 business owners, entrepreneurs, government officials, community members and nrofit leaders, and provided a powerful visual of the dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit of the District’s business community. The purpose of the seminar was to bring business owners and entrepreneurs in the District in direct contact with local government and federal agencies, and other relevant organizatithat offer critical information, technical assistance and resources for both seasoned and aspiring entrepreneurs wishing to start or expand their business in DC, or go global through export initiatives and trade ortunities in Africa.

OAA to Host African Youth Town Hall with Mayor Gray

African Youth Town Hall

What's New With Your Mayor?

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Swears In New Commission on African Affairs


(Washington, DC.) – On Wednesday, April 11th, over 100 community members representing the broad diversity of the District’s African community filled the Mayor’s Briefing room (G-9) at the John A. Wilson Building on Pennsylvania Avenue to usher in 10 new appointees to the Commission on African Affairs to be sworn in by Mayor Gray. The event was kicked off with an energetic welcome and introduction by the Office on African Affairs (OAA) Director Ngozi Nmezi who thanked the Mayor for his ardent and evident commitment to the District’s African communities, and his tireless effort to build One City, in which all residents – irrespective of differences - are guaranteed quality of life.


Emancipation Day

The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray Announces June 2012 Economic Development Trip to China

Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that he and key members of his economic-development team will travel to China in late June.“To build a diversified New Economy for the District that is less dependent on the federal government, we must increase the District’s profile in the global marketplace,” said Mayor Gray. “This trip will help our local businesses better compete around the world and create jhere at home.”


Business Square


ExportDC is a new initiative launched by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) designed to increase the number of DC small businesses that export, grow the dollar value of exports from District businesses, and coordinate trade missions for qualified District-based businesses. 
ExportDC is partially funded by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant, a three-year pilot program launched by the President’s Small Business Jobs Act.

Find out how can your business participate here

Register for Federal Government Contracting

Federal, state and local governments offer businesses the opportunity to sell billions of  dollars worth of products and services. Many government agencies require that some percentage of their procurements be set aside for small businesses. Once you have classified your company based on the established size standards, you are ready to begin registering to do business with the government. Follow these easy steps to obtain the registration you need to begin bidding on government proposals.

Goldman Sach 10,000 Businesses

Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services. The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital and support services best addresses barriers to growth.



April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month

The DC Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program is there to help. Our program provides comprehensive nursing care to adult victims (18 and older) of rape and sexual assault. The program is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Exams are performed by nurses with specialized education in medical forensic evidence collection. Services include medical care, testing and treatment for STIs/HIV and pregnancy, and referrals to counseling, crime victim compensation, follow-up care and other resources. These services are provided FREE of cost.


Nigeria: Diasporas Are the Most Educated Immigrants in the United States

The recent revelation by the US Bureau of Statistics that Nigerians are the most educated immigrant community in the United States did not come to me as a surprise. It is a fact many of us who have been blessed to have dealt with elements within the corporate and public sectors of the American society have known for a long time. According to published statistics, Nigerian immigrants have overtaken Asian immigrants-the Indians and Pakistanis who had previously occupied that spot as the most educated immigrant community in the United States.

Read more

Peaceful Election Senegal: Solidifying the Democratic Process One Country at a Time

Following elections in Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Liberia, Niger, and Zambia, Africa is clearly solidifying the democratic process on the continent one country at a time. There will undoubtedly be setbacks like the coup d'état in neighboring Mali, but the overall trend in Africa is positive. The credibility of democratic processes in these countries has led to a democracy dividend with peaceful elections being rewarded by the international community and the private sector through increased investments in durable infrastructure that directly contribute to faster growth.


Nonprofit Niche

The Funding Alert is a weekly electronic publication produced by the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services that highlights competitive grant opportunities and related resource announcements for eligible community, faith-based, and 501 (c) (3) nonprofits organizations, as well as local government agencies. The grant funding announcements generally come from district, federal, and foundation grant making entities. The Funding Alert provides information about the Grant Information Resource Center (GIRC) and District Grants Clearinghouse.The publication also has a link to the District Office of Contracting and Procurement (OCP)’solicitation ortunities.

Sign up to receive OPGS funding alerts


Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Find out about Grants.gov and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.

Proposal Writing Workshop

The Foundation Center of Washington DC will be presenting a workshop at the Deanwood Library, 1350 49th. St. N.E Washington, DC 20019, Monday, May 7 on proposal writing for nonprofit organization. The class is free and is the one that is taught at the Foundation library/learning centeron K St.

AIDS Food and Nutrition Programs Grant

M.A.C. announces funds for programs that provide food and nutrition or housing services to people living with HIV and AIDS.


Get Hired

The DC Department of Human Resource (DCHR) helps District agencies meet their staffing requirements to ensure the highest level of customer service to our residents. The information on these pages can help you start a career in the District government.

Apply for DC government jobs here

Path2Work: A One City • One Hire Job Seeker’s Symposium

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, thousands of unemployed District residents are expected to attend the Path2Work: A One City • One Hire Job Seeker’s Symposium at the Washington Convention Center, sponsored by the Department of Employment Services (DOES), in partnership with Mayor Vincent C. Gray.The purpose of the event is to motivate thousands of unemployed District residents who in many instances have given up hope and provide them with information and a Path2Work that will help them secure gainful employment, including connecting pre-screened, qualified job seekers to employers who have current and upcoming job vacancies within their organizations.

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time: 9 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Washington Convention Center

DOES Hot Jobs

The following job openings are among the many currently listed with the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) Job Bank as of April 4. 


Rolling in Resources

Federal Business Opportunities

If you are ready to bid on federal contracts, there are a couple of ways to get started. One is to submit your business profile to a database that federal agencies use to locate contractors. This approach is like sending your resume to a company, hoping to find a job.The other method is to research existing opportunities using resources made available by the federal government.

Neighborhood Budget Town Halls

Ward 7 - FY2013 Budget Briefing
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Deanwood Community Center – 49th and Quarles Streets, NE
Ward 2 - FY2013 Budget Briefing
Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Historic Charles Sumner School and Archives – 17th Street, NW
Ward 4 - FY2013 Budget Briefing
Date: Monday, April 23, 2012
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Brightwood Elementary School – 1300 Nicholson Street, NW