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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:
Kevin Donahue

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Eugene Adams

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Jackie Reyes-Yanes

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Julia Irving

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February 3, 2023

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

It is that time of the year again: time to join us at a Budget Engagement Forum! Budget Engagement Forums are an important part of the budget process — an opportunity for me to hear directly from residents about your budget ideas before I send my budget to the Council. 

Next week, we are bringing back our in-person Budget Engagement Forums, with an evening option and a morning option. 

  • On Thursday, February 9, we will be at Jackson-Reed High School (3950 Chesapeake Street NW) at 6:00 p.m.  Learn more and register HERE
  • On Saturday, February 11, we will be at Eastern High School (1700 East Capitol Street NE) at 11:00 a.m.  Learn more and register HERE
  • On Wednesday, February 8 at 12:00 p.m., we also have a TeleTownhall specifically for seniors; the call-in number is 844-881-1314. 

You can learn more about all three forums and share your budget priorities at All forums will be live on

I hope to see you next week!


Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

Upcoming Black History Month Events

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month at events happening throughout February:

MLK’s Beloved Community and the DC Art Bank: Join the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the DC Public Library for a panel exploring how the Art Bank pieces on the walls at the MLK Library might bring Dr. King's teachings to life.

  • When: Saturday, February 11 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: MLK Memorial Library (901 G Street NW)
  • Register HERE

Honor Black Veterans: Join the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of African American Affairs in honoring iconic African American Veterans.

  • When: Thursday, February 16 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: 441 4th Street NW- Northwest Conference Room 1117 (11th Floor)
  • Learn more HERE

Black Homeownership Workshop Series: Join the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, and the Mayor’s Office of African American Affairs for a workshop series focused on Black Homeownership to support the Mayor’s goal of adding 20,000 new Black homeowners by 2030.

  • When: Saturday, February 18 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Where: MLK Memorial Library (901 G Street NW)
  • Register to attend in person HERE

Mental Health & Wellness for Black Men: Join the Mayor’s Office on African Affairs for a discussion and workshop on mental health and wellness among Black men and share culturally sensitive methods of care.

  • When: Wednesday, February 23 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: MLK Memorial Library (901 G Street NW)
  • Register HERE

The Past, Present, and Future of Black Resistance in the District and Beyond Panel: Join the DC Office of Human Rights, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office on African American Affairs, for an intergenerational hybrid panel discussion between scholars, activists, and community leaders about historic and on-going efforts to strive for equality and what the future looks like.

  • When: Thursday, February 23 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: MLK Memorial Library (901 G Street NW)
  • Register HERE

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Applications Now Open for MBSYEP


Applications for the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program are now open. District youth between the ages of 14 to 24 are encouraged to apply online at Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, February 28. Employers who want to host participants are also encouraged to reach out through

Young people will participate in six weeks of paid work through subsidized placements in the private and public sectors. Orientation for the program begins on Monday, June 26 and the program ends on Friday, August 4.

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Register for the HerStory 5K

HerStory 5K

Mayor Bowser is inviting residents to register for the 5th annual FITDC HerStory 5K, which will be held in-person at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, March 4. The FITDC HerStory 5K is a Women’s History Month tradition that routinely draws in over 2,500 participants from all eight wards. Register to enjoy a scenic race route down Pennsylvania Avenue NW, women-owned business vendors, live DJs, and a 360-photo booth.

Registration is free and individuals can now register at Same-day registration and packet pick-up will begin at 9:00 a.m. on March 4 and the 5K will begin at 10:00 a.m.

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Submit Applications to Provide Youth Programming

DYRS Programming

The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services is seeking community-based organizations to provide programming for at-risk youth ages 10 to 14. Programming should be focused on areas of intensive mentoring, career readiness, and social development.

Selected applicants will receive up to $500,000 for an 18-month period beginning March 23. The deadline for all submissions is February 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Learn more about applying HERE

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