Saturday: Afterschool in the City & Youth Hiring Fair

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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:
Lindsey Parker

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

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September 8, 2023

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Tomorrow, on Saturday, September 9, we have two important opportunities for young people:

At Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, we are hosting 'Afterschool in the City' — an opportunity for families and caregivers to connect with over 50 organizations and agencies that provide afterschool and out-of-school time programming to young people in DC. If you are looking to get your child or teen connected to engaging activities after school or on the weekends, come to Turkey Thicket Recreation Center between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and find a program that works well for your child and family.

And downtown, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, we are hosting a hiring fair for youth between the ages of 18 and 24. No registration is necessary — young people can just show up to the library between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. with their resume and meet with potential employers. Need assistance printing your resume? The library can help with that too.

If you are older than 24 and looking for a new job or a new career path, we also have opportunities for you: DC is hiring. At DC Government, we have careers that offer good pay, good benefits, and a unique opportunity to make a positive difference in the community. 

  • The Metropolitan Police Department is hiring and currently has a $25,000 hiring bonus. Join MPD on Saturday, September 23 for a special hiring event where you can complete multiple steps of the application process in just one day. Learn more and apply today at
  • The Office of the State Superintendent of Education is hiring school bus drivers and bus attendants. Learn more about becoming a bus driver HERE and learn more about becoming a bus attendant HERE.  
  • On Tuesday, September 12, attend a job fair at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library to learn more about open positions in fields such as customer service, retail, security, administration, and more.
  • The Office of Unified Communications is hiring Telecommunications Equipment Operators - 911 Universal Call Takers. Search job ID 23194 at There is currently a $2,500 hiring bonus. 
  • The Contracts & Procurement Team at DGS is searching for small businesses to bid for future solicitations and learn more about how to do business with District government. DGS is hosting an open house on Tuesday, September 12 and you can learn more HERE

Jobs in public service are meaningful because every day the people who do these jobs make a difference in the lives of DC residents. If that sounds like something you are interested in, learn more about these jobs and others at and


Muriel Bowser
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In This Week's Newsletter:

Back to School Checklist: Getting a Free Library Card!

National Read a Book Day

This week, Mayor Bowser joined students and educators to celebrate National Read a Book Day with a visit to Friendship Ideal Elementary and Middle School. During the visit, the Mayor participated in a second-grade story time and encouraged students to take advantage of DC Public Library resources.

The good news: it is never too late to celebrate National Read a Book Day. In fact, September is also National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Anyone who lives, works, pays property taxes or attends school in the District is eligible to get a free library card, without worry of fines or fees. Visit a library or go to to get yours today.

Additionally, the DC Public Library has a range of programming that supports early literacy, including: 

  • The Sing, Talk & Read (STAR) Books from Birth program, which mails quality children’s books each month to children under 5; and
  • Beyond the Book, a literacy program that focuses on building a love of reading in children from kindergarten to third grade through engaging educational activities and library events focused on a selected book each quarter.

Families are encouraged to explore these programs and all the DC Public Library has to offer, including homework help, by visiting

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Beat the Heat: Extended Pool and Spray Park Operations

Pools and Spray Parks

This week, the Department of Parks and Recreation announced extended operations at select outdoor pools and spray parks until September 21, due to expected high temperatures. Previously, all outdoor pools and spray parks were scheduled to close for the season on Labor Day, September 4.

The following outdoor pools will remain open six days a week per their summer operating schedule until Thursday, September 21:

  • Hearst Pool (3701 37th Street NW)
  • Oxon Run Pool (501 Mississippi Avenue SE)

For complete details, visit

The following select spray parks will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Thursday, September 21:

  • Columbia Heights CC Spray Park (1480 Girard St NW) 
  • Harrison Spray Park (1330 V Street NW) 
  • Park at LeDroit Spray Park (319 Oakdale Place NW) 
  • Kennedy Spray Park (1401 7th Street NW) 
  • Chevy Chase Rec Spray Park (5500 41st Street NW) 
  • Guy Mason Spray Park (3600 Calvert Street NW) 
  • Macomb Spray Park (3409 Macomb Street NW) 
  • Lafayette-Pointer Spray Park (5900 33rd Street NW) 
  • Petworth Spray Park (801 Taylor Street NW) 
  • Edgewood Spray Park (301 Franklin Street NE) 
  • Takoma Spray Park (300 Van Buren Street NW)
  • Turkey Thicket Spray Park (1100 Michigan Avenue NE) 
  • Eastern Market Metro Spray Park (701 Pennsylvania Avenue SE)
  • Watkins Spray Park (420 12th St SE) 
  • Fort Davis Spray Park (1400 41st Street SE)
  • Hillcrest Spray Park (3100 Denver Street SE)
  • Marvin Gaye at Division Avenue (Division & Foote Streets SE) 
  • Marvin Gaye Spray Park (15 61st Street NE)

For complete details, visit

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Save the Date: National Maternal and Infant Health Summit

maternal health summit

On Tuesday, September 19, join Mayor Bowser and the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives for the 6th Annual National Maternal and Infant Health Summit.

The summit will convene DC residents, elected officials, health and education experts, media personalities, and community-based partners to collaborate and explore strategies to improve perinatal health and address racial disparities in birth outcomes.

This year’s summit will allow attendees to learn about topics such as returning to work following live births, pregnancy loss, increasing Medicaid re-enrollment, and promoting family-friendly policies in the workplace.

  • When: Tuesday, September 19 
  • Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW)
  • Register to attend HERE

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