African Beat

August 10, 2018


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In This Issue:

  • MOAA Frontpage
  • What's New with Your Mayor?
  • Rolling in Resources 
  • You Should Go
  • Get Hired 


Card Design with Adinkra Symbols

by Smithsonian National Museum of African Art 


                                           Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art for an afternoon of design fun with local graphic artist and designer Sharmila Karamchandani! Developed and used by many different cultures in western Africa, adinkra symbols are visual representations of concepts and proverbs that originated from the Ashanti peoples of Ghana.

When: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Where: 950 Independence Avenue Southwest | Washington, DC | 20560

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Equality: It's All in the Family (Film Screening & Discussion)


The Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is pleased to present a co-sponsored event with the Elliott School's Gender Equality Initiative (GEIA) and Institute for African Studies (IAfS), as well as the African Affairs Committee of the UNA-NCA as part of its global advocacy campaign to raise awareness of and educate the public on discriminatory family laws around the world.

When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: 1957 E Street Northwest| Washington, DC | 20052

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Southern African Reunion-Picnic 2018

by Southern African Community in the USA (SACU)


                                                Please join the South African Community in the USA (SACU) for  the 5th Annual Southern African Reunion where Southern Africans and Friends of Southern Africa come together for a weekend of unity, community, culture and fun.

When; Saturday, September 1, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

Where: Valley Mill Park | 1620 East Randolph Rd | Silver Spring, MD 20904

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Community Programs Manager

Department of Parks and Recreation

Excercises as the agency technical expert, independent initiative and sound judgment to direct and oversee the overall administration and execution of the Community Programs Branch operations and activities. Keeps the Deputy Director advised as to the nature of programs and implementation schedule. Is responsible for the development, implementation, management, and evaluation of processes involved in achieving defined goals for the overall program area.

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Youth Engagement Specialist   

Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) 

Serves as a role model for youth to ensure that each enrolled youth has positive adult connections. Liaises between youth, group homes, community providers, Social Worker/supervisors, parents/families, and DYRS. Ensures positive outcomes for youth by verifying the timely placement and onset of services. Maximizes out-of-school time programs, services, and activities for youth. Connects youth to community resources and services and liaises with education and workforce development advocates.

    Program Officer (OCP)

    Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

    Supervises the conduct of investigations of allegations and/or complaints of the various licensure categories administered by the agency. Provides supervision of day to day operations involving the Regulatory Investigations Section (RIS) and the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP). Responsible for ensuring that work assignments for RIS and OCP are carried out in a timely, accurate, and effective manner in accordance with established policies and procedures. 

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    2018 Washington DC Community Soccer Game


                                                                                                         On Tuesday July, 31, 2018, the Mayor's office on African Affairs in partnership  with  the  Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) hosted the 1st annual Washington Community Soccer Game at the Columbia Heights Education Campus located at 3101 16th Street NW. This first edition  opposed the competitive team of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Mayor’s office on African Affairs (MOAA). 

    Prior to the game, was  held  a soccer clinic and other fun activities for kids. Over 150 attendees were present.

     Click here for a recap of the event.                                                

    MOAA's Fourth Young African ConneXion Summit 


    On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs (MOAA) hosted its fourth annual Young African ConneXions Summit (YAX) themed “Living the Legacy” commemorating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. As part of MOAA's Community and Youth Engagement Outreach program. This event was held at the Howard University School of Business Auditorium, and  featured the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows for Young African Leaders Initiative (MWF-YALI), based at Howard University, the African Diaspora Community, policy makers and civic leaders. Over 180 attendees were present.

    Click here for a recap of the event.

    DPR hosts the 3rd Annual Taste of The World Festival


    The Mayor's Office on African Affairs ( MOAA) is partnering with the Department of Parks and Recreations (DPR) to host the “Taste of the World Festival” to highlight the diversity of international communities that live and thrive in the District of Columbia.This year, India, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, and several Caribbean countries will be celebrated in our festival. The festival will consist of three areas: Entertainment Area - to exhibit and display traditional music and dances, which include audience participation; International Food Court - to sample native food specialties and a Market Area –Where shoppers will be able to browse and shop through a veritable market place of handmade products.

    When: Saturday, August 25th , 2018 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 

    WhereEmery  Recreation  Center | 5701 Georgia Avenue NW  Washington, DC | 20011

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    Mayor Bowser Proclaims Ethiopia Day in DC


                                                                                                           In celebration of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Washington, DC, Mayor Bowser has proclaimed July 28, 2018 “Ethiopia Day in DC.” The Mayor joined Prime Minister Abiy at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where the Prime Minister addressed thousands of members of the Ethiopian diaspora community from across the region. “The Ethiopian community is such a valued part of our city, and our Ethiopian neighbors have played a critical role in building the diverse, inclusive, and vibrant Washington, DC that we live in today,” said Mayor Bowser. 

    Since 2013, Washington, DC has had a Sister City Agreement and Protocol of Friendship with Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

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    Mayor Bowser Signs Mayor's Order in Preparation for First Amendment Activities



    On Thursday, August 9, 2018, in preparation for Sunday’s First Amendment activities, Mayor Muriel Bowser  announced the District’s public safety plan, which included the signing of a Mayor’s Order that allows the Bowser Administration to activate the District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Prior to the announcement, Mayor Bowser hosted a roundtable discussion with community and faith leaders about the upcoming events.

    As the nation’s capital, we host millions of visitors each year. Fortunately, very, very few share the views that will be expressed in Lafayette Park on Sunday. Washington, DC is a city of love, inclusion, and diversity, and – like millions of Americans across the nation – we know that the people who are coming here to profess hate and sow division are wrong,” said Mayor Bowser. “This weekend, and every day going forward, we will ensure that the world knows that no matter how much attention these people demand, that they will never represent the values of our city or our nation.”

    The level two activation of the District’s EOC allows local, state, and federal agencies to work together to coordinate the necessary supports for all critical incident responses. Ahead of this weekend’s events, residents and visitors are being encouraged to sign up for AlertDC at to receive important and emergency updates from DC Government.

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    Mayor Bowser Announces Public Engagement Series for Chancellor Search


    On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the Our Schools DC Leadership Committee public engagement schedule, which will include community forums, a District-wide web survey, a social network townhall, and stakeholder meetings with students, parents, teachers, and school administrators. The Mayor tasked the Our Schools DC Leadership Committee with gathering stakeholder input on critical factors and values-based criteria which will inform the selection of the next DC Public Schools (DCPS) chancellor.
    As we continue to build on our progress at DCPS, these public engagement events are an opportunity for the Our Schools DC Leadership Committee to hear directly from the community,” said Mayor Bowser. “Providing various ways to participate allows students, parents, and community members to have a useful dialogue with the Our Schools DC Leadership Committee and will facilitate the selection of our next chancellor.”


    Our Schools DC Chancellor Search Engagement Forums

    Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30 pm – 8 pm | Cardozo Education Campus | 1200 Clifton Street, NW

    Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30 pm – 8 pm | Savoy Elementary School | 2400 Shannon Place, SE

    Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm – 8 pm | Brookland Middle School | 1150 Michigan Avenue, NE


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    Kids Ride Free - Get your new SmarTrip Card at this weekend's distribution events!


    If you are a DC Resident enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, private, charter or parochial school located within the District; or a "Ward of DC" through the Foster Care System, you are between the ages of 5 - 21,  Get your new #KidsRideFree SmarTrip Card at this weekend's distribution events! 

    The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District to get to school and school-related activities.

    Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 9 am – 2 pm | Brightwood Education Campus | 1300 Nicholson Street, NW | Washington, DC | 20011

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    Sunday, August 5, 2018 | 1pm – 6pm | Dunbar High School | 101 N St NW, Washington, DC | 20001

    RSVP Here

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    USCIS Announces Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Opportunities



    On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program that will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country.

    These competitive grant opportunities are for organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. 

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it is now accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program that will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country.

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    Serve DC's 4th Annual My Brother's Keeper DC Volunteer Recruitment Fair 


                                                                                                  Looking for volunteer opportunities? Register for Serve DC My Brother's Keeper one-day volunteer recruitment fair on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

    This one-day volunteer recruitment fair will host 60 nonprofit and government agencies that provide volunteer opportunities with young boys and men of color. This event is designed for prospective mentors, tutors, coaches, and pro-bono consultants.

    Together, we can build a city of skilled professionals supporting boys and young men of color through volunteerism and mentorship.

    When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm 

    Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center | 801 Mount Verron Place NW, Washington, DC 20001


    Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent


                                                                                                      Over 800 District children and teens are living outside their birth homes under the care of the public child welfare system. All these young people deserve to grow up with the security, guidance and support only a family environment provides. What’s more, they deserve to know their community cares. Yet nearly half of all District children and youth in care are placed in Maryland. To keep these children in their own community, we need more foster homes in the District.

    If you have anyone who would be interested in learning more about becoming a DC foster parent or know someone who would be  visit or call  the Child and Family Services Agency at 202.671.5683. Also, you can follow  on social media where  are continuously posted information and news, on the Twitter account (@DCCFSA) and the Facebook Page

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