New DC initiative aimed at helping young women of color
EDUCATION | Mayor Bowser has announced a new school program to create support groups for the District’s young women of color. The program, called Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders, will include a citywide conference in June and workshops during next school year. (WaPo, 3/27)
DCPS officials said they held listening sessions with more than 100 girls of color and did not hear that girls wanted their own school.
Instead, they said, girls want a space, such as an after-school club, to talk about their days and their feelings and to learn about one another. Girls want to learn how to build their confidence, the school system said in a news release.
…Educators will receive training on gender and racial equality, and “innovation grants” will be awarded to help schools focus on the academic, social and emotional needs of girls.
– DC Fiscal Policy Institute‘s Claire Zippel explains how the administration’s proposed budget will impact affordable housing in the District. (DCFPI, 3/24)
– DC advocates want the city to spend more on affordable housing, our homeless population and Metro. (WAMU, 3/27)
VETERANS | Programs that treat veterans through the arts could save the National Endowment for the Arts from it’s proposed elimination. (NYT, 3/28)
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched the Latino Engagement and Achievement Fund, which is dedicated to the promotion of and the investment in the civic engagement, education, economic success, and advocacy of the Latino community in the DC region. (CFNV, 3/27)
PUBLIC SAFETY | Trainings Advance Nationally to Stem Police Violence Against People with Disabilities (NPQ, 3/24)
ENVIRONMENT | Maryland Senate gives final approval to fracking ban (WaPo, 3/28)
A new exhibition of St. Elizabeths hospital at the National Building Museum.