Shepherd Park Citizens Association: Sept. 20, 2017

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DC International is a charter program that feeds from bilingual elementary schools. (photo by Victor Fernandez)

Recognizing the importance of nurturing the role of our community’s young people as change agents, the Shepherd Park Citizens Association is taking steps to establish a Junior Board. Zewiditu Ruffin will be the adult sponsor, with the first participants being children and younger friends of current board members. The initial priorities will be to discover the interests and to survey the skills of Shepherd Park’s middle and high school students, look at ways to develop leadership, identify specific service opportunities and establish appropriate recognition and award events. Young people will be encouraged to advocate for solutions to problems in Shepherd Park and the wider D.C. community by participating in citywide forums and other opportunities for their voices to be heard.

Meanwhile, our association’s Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development Committee celebrated its first anniversary this week and will report on its activities and accomplishments at our community meeting in October. Members plan to focus on proactive outreach to government agencies and businesses to gain support for Georgia Avenue NW development priorities identified at a community meeting earlier this year. The committee will cooperate and collaborate with the new design review committee of our local advisory neighborhood commission, ANC 4A, and with other community groups working on specific neighborhood concerns.

Lastly, congratulations to the DC International School on its ribbon-cutting and to the organizers of the community exercise and musical events at The Parks at Walter Reed.

— June Confer