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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:
Ronald R. Ross

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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June 21, 2018 | Vol. 4, Issue 25

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Summer has officially arrived! 

For nearly four decades, summer in Washington, DC has meant something important to our young people—the opportunity to participate in the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP). And, once again, on Monday, thousands of young Washingtonians will report to their summer work assignments. For some, this will be their first work experience; for others, MBSYEP is a tradition. For all participants, MBSYEP is an opportunity to get paid, build a resume, make professional connections, learn more about their interests, and set new goals. 

MBSYEP is about leveling the playing field for our young people by creating opportunities for them to learn and grow in settings outside of the classroom. It is about keeping young Washingtonians safe and engaged throughout the summer. And it is about creating networks of professionals who are invested in helping their young neighbors succeed. 

I was proud to expand the program during my first year in office, giving young residents between the ages of 22 and 24 the opportunity to participate. As we continue finding new ways to expand opportunity and make our city's prosperity more inclusive, let's work together to make this another successful MBSYEP summer.


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

June Housing Bloom Continues with Affordable Housing Groundbreaking

June Housing Bloom

Join Mayor Bowser for the closing celebration of June Housing Bloom tomorrow (Friday, June 22) at 11:00 a.m. The Mayor will break ground on the Liberty Place Apartments, the future home of 71 affordable housing units in the heart of Mount Vernon Triangle. 

Learn more and RSVP HERE.

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Coming Soon: More Child Care Seats

Stevens School

On Monday, Mayor Bowser celebrated the start of renovations that will transform the Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School, a national historic landmark, into a DC Public Schools (DCPS) Early Childhood Education Center with PK3 and PK4 classes and a child care center for infants and toddlers ages 0 to 3 that will be managed by a community-based organization.

As part of her commitment to expanding access to child care, Mayor Bowser announced last summer that the Thaddeus Stevens School would reopen as an early child care center. The building will reopen for the 2020-2021 school year.

Learn more HERE.

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Register Today: Spaces Still Available in Free Summer Tech Classes



Know a middle or high school student looking for something fun to do this summer? SPARK is a free program that teaches tech and entrepreneurial skills to young people in Washington, DC. At SPARK, students gain experience with basic programming and use their knowledge to create mobile solutions to community problems. 


Program details:

  • FREE
  • Grade levels: Middle and high school aged students
  • Dates: July 16 - August 9, 2018 
  • Times: Monday/ Wednesday OR Tuesday/Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Locations: 200 I (Eye) Street, SE (Monday/Wednesday) and 2301-D Georgia Avenue, NW (Tuesday/Thursday)

All applications (along with residency and school verification) must be submitted online by Friday, June 29 at 11:59 p.m.

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ICYMI: Free Summer Meals

Summer Meals


Throughout the summer, at 46 schools across all eight wards, free breakfast and lunch will be served Monday-Friday to all District youth. The DC Free Summer Meals Program will run from Monday, June 18 to Friday, August 17, and is open to all children in DC ages 18 and under. There is no registration, no identification, and no parental guidance required to participate. 

To learn more and find a school near you, go HERE.

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about AlleyPalooza 7.0, the opening of the new Cleveland Park Library, and the start of renovations at the Stevens School.

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Pathways to the Middle Class: DC Health, Public Health Analyst

Pathways to the Middle Class

DC Health promotes and protects the health, safety, and quality of life of residents and visitors in the District of Columbia. The agency's responsibilities include identifying health risks; educating the public; preventing and controlling diseases, injuries, and exposure to environmental hazards; promoting effective community collaborations; and optimizing equitable access to community resources.

DC Health has an opening for a Public Health Analyst. This position covers coordination of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and related Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau activities. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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