Wednesday, April 23, 2014

From dull to meaningful: Help CFSA name the IV-E waiver program

According to an email from CFSA:
CFSA Colleagues and Partners:

The wonderful, transformative program getting underway in the District deserves a better name than “IV-E waiver” (z-z-z-z-z-z). Please help us give this worthy effort an appealing identity as other jurisdictions have done. We’ve narrowed the field to three choices, and you can play a part in picking the winner. To cast your vote, use this link:

Need background to make the best choice? Here’s a short refresher about what we hope to do under the waiver:

Over the next five years, CFSA will spearhead development of a more robust local safety net that includes best practices in child abuse prevention and support services. Families all over town will be able to tap effective services in their neighborhoods before difficulties overwhelm them. Help will range from one-time or short-term supports to long-term, intensive assistance depending on what families need. The Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaboratives will serve as the primary coordinators for these services and will ensure they are available throughout the city.

Your vote must be in by Wednesday, April 30, so please don’t delay. We very much appreciate your help.

Interested in economic development?

The Committee on Economic Development (CM Bowser, Ward 4, Chair) shares updates about committee activity.   To sign up for email updates, contact Legislative Counsel Judah Gluckman via email, or phone, (202) 724-8025.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Which DC schools are on Twitter?

@OneCityYouth asked this important question and knowing my readers can help out, I decided to blog.   If you are a school (DC Public School, public charter school, or private school), feel free to Tweet One City Youth.   Even better, add your social media information to this list so everyone can find you!   You'll see that the info requested is expansive―and it includes PTAs/PTOs so those organizations should also provide their information.

Volunteers needed Apr. 26 for free book giveaway!

The event is sponsored by FirstBook-DC.

Save the date: East of the River Book Festival May 17

Monday, April 21, 2014

One City Youth recruiting Youth Outreach Coordinators

DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, through One City Youth/Communities on the Rise (COR) Initiative, is hiring young adults (18-24 years old) from the District to be Youth Outreach Coordinators.   The deadline is May 2.    Details about applying.

Not Yet Adults: The Affordable Care Act and Teens Apr. 24

Register:    via email,

Have a say in Circulator service―attend a Circulator pop-up meeting!

Shared by our friends at Nspiregreen (note: the meetings start April 22):

TA: Fresh diagram options

Another winning share from AEA365 | A Tip-a-Day by and for Evaluators: Sheila B. Robinson on Delightful Diagrams from Design Diva Duarte.   Sheila B. Robinson, aea365′s Lead Curator is not lying when she writes that the free charts by Duarte are "a new cool tool to spice up your evaluation presentations and reports!"

According to Duarte:

Diagrams use proximity, scale, and links to clarify hierarchy and relationships between information, making your message more easily understood.

Choose from more than 4,000 customizable diagrams and download the free PowerPoint®-ready file to enhance your presentation.

Check out the templates:

(Updated 4/21/14 9:46a)

What a new mayor will mean for sustainability in DC

DC Environmental Network recently sent an email urging green supporters to 1) attend the April 22 event with Mayor Gray (see Mayor Gray’s Sustainable DC Earth Day Event!) and 2) show the candidates for mayor that sustainability is important and worthwhile.

On April 22 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Langley Education Campus (101 T S NE), Mayor Gray will present a special first year progress report on the implementation stage of Sustainable DC.

As pleased as DCEN is with the progress, the organization also believes that the river cleanup and other work must be accelerated.   According to the email from DCEN:

Mayor Gray will not be Mayor in 2015 and it is not clear that the current candidates for this office will support a sustainability plan for the District. The environmental community needs a strong showing at this first year progress report and other sustainability focused events over the next 8 months to make it clear to decision makers that we want to make real progress on Sustainable DC now and after the Gray Administration leaves office.

LOT'S OF WORK TO DO: Our work has just begun. We all need to work hard to accelerate progress to clean up our rivers; reduce carbon emissions; develop a meaningful zero waste plan that does not include incineration; and continue to pressure our elected officials to promote sustainability principles with every decision that is made.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Book TV Apr. 20: "Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics"

Author Terry Golway will discuss "Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics" on Book TV April 20 at 5:45 pm.

From the event page (Update: Link updated 4/21/14 8a):

Terry Golway, director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy, recounts Tammany Hall politics in New York City. The author contends that the political machine that controlled the city's Democratic Party in the 19th century has been miscast as crooked. Instead, he asserts that Tammany Hall afforded immigrants to New York a political voice and was responsible for social and political reforms, which included greater worker's compensation and a ban on child labor. Terry Golway speaks at the Irish Arts Center in New York City.

The book is available at Politics & Prose.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Youth town hall on the budget being held Apr. 26

Those under age 24 are encouraged to attend and participate in the April 26 budget town hall just for young people.   Details in the flyer below.

Youth Budget Townhall Flyer_4!26!14

The DC Council's lawsuit about budget autonomy discussed on NewsTalk Apr. 18

Today on NewsTalk, attorney Brian Netter will talk about the DC Council's lawsuit against Mayor Vincent Gray.   Friday, April 18 in the 10:00 am hour.   Tune in to the show streaming here:   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show,

Some background: The wonky side of the budget: Does the budget have to go to the President?.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DC School Garden Tour May 4

Learn more about the DC School Garden Tool by going to OSSE's website and BicycleSPACE's Facebook event page.

Need grammar and punctuation help?

Journalist's Toolbox shared this online tool.   I like!

Me and my ideas

I love this from Fast Company: Pixar President Ed Catmull On How To Run A Creative Business.   I don't know about you, but while I love my first ideas, they are rarely where I end up.   And that is good; my last ideas, those that have been massaged and edited and torn apart, are much better.

What about your first ideas?

500 Families. 100 Days. Quality DC Housing Now kicks off today

On Thursday, April 17 from 9:00 - 11:00 am Mayor Gray will officially launch the "500 Families. 100 Days. Quality DC Housing Now" campaign.   Announced at his 2014 State of the District Address (text as prepared), DC government is partnering with the community―Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness, the Transitional Housing Corporation (THC), and the Coalition for Housing and Economic Development (CHNED)―to move homeless families from the D.C. General Shelter to permanent housing.

The event takes place at Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (33 N St NE).

Background from the release:

The Department of Human Services (DHS), in collaboration with TCP and THC, has launched an aggressive initiative to identify 500 apartments for homeless families in 100 days. Mayor Gray met with the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) in the first week of the campaign, which began April 1, to advocate for housing on behalf of homeless families. He will continue the appeal to landlords and for-profit as well as not-for-profit developers to identify quality, affordable housing for families currently living in temporary shelters.

DC Council Chairman Mendelson briefs media on budget autonomy Apr. 17

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold a briefing for the media Thursday, April 17 at 10:30 am to discuss budget autonomy and the recent correspondence to the Council from the Chief Financial Officer and the Mayor.   The briefing will take place at Superior Court of the District of Columbia Moultrie Courthouse (500 Indiana Ave NW, front entrance).