Kicking Off Black History Month

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Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
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February 1, 2018 | Vol. 4, Issue 5

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

There is no better place to be during Black History Month than Washington, DC. The District's history is black history, and while we celebrate this history all year round, February gives us a special opportunity to collectively recognize the many people, events, and movements that have shaped our history and inspired millions.

Over the next few weeks, we will come together at art shows, book talks, film festivals, and more to celebrate our achievements and look forward to the future. We will honor the men and women whose shoulders we stand on while planning for the success of our children. 

Today, I am excited to release A Fair Shot: A Toolkit for African American Prosperity – a first-of-its-kind resource for African American residents that provides an overview of the many District-funded programs and services that support Washingtonians in reaching pathways to the middle class. This toolkit will serve as a guide for residents - outlining services available for individuals, seniors, families, and business owners - and ensure that those who could benefit most from these programs know about them.  

African American Washingtonians have always been here for DC, and we will continue to be here for you.  


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Open Enrollment Extended Through February 5, 2018


On January 31, at the bill signing for the Defending Access to Women's Health Care Services Amendment Act of 2018, Mayor Bowser announced that open enrollment for District residents has been extended through Monday, February 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Residents now have through Monday, February 5 to go to or call (855) 532-5465 to shop for, compare, and enroll in affordable, high-quality insurance plans. 

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Free Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Training

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is offering free lifeguard training certification courses for summer 2018. Courses run through June, and DPR has waived all course fees until March 31, 2018. Courses are available for residents ages 15 and up.

Learn more HERE.

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Summer Camp Registration Opens Monday

DPR Summer Camp

Already planning ahead for this year's summer break? The DPR Summer Camp registration opens Monday, February 5, 2018. The 2018 summer camp season begins June 18 and ends August 17. Each camp session is typically two weeks long, but can vary depending on the camp offering.

Registration will remain open until a session is at full capacity or until the first day of the summer camp session. Reduced rates are available for qualifying families, and before and after care is also available at most locations.

For more information, go HERE

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the kickoff of the application period for the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, the launch of Mayors and CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment, and the UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball. 

Pathways to the Middle Class: District Department of Transportation, Traffic System Operator

Job Search

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is the District agency that manages and maintains transportation infrastructure in Washington, DC. DDOT's mission is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.

DDOT has an opening for a Traffic System Operator. This position is responsible for monitoring operations and functions of the Traffic Management System, including: special events, traffic incidents, traffic congestion, construction sites, and utility work zones. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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