2014 Annual Conference Offsite Sessions
Site Sessions - Monday, June 9
Please pick up your ticket(s) at the Information Desk near Registration in Council Central. There is no cost to attend these sessions but you must be a registered attendee.
If you are attending a site session, please go to the T Street entrance of the hotel 15 minutes before the listed start time below with your ticket.
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Affordable Housing Tour
11:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
The need for defining what affordable housing is as well as providing opportunities to access these resources is a multi-pronged issue critical to assisting many families in combating poverty. Prince George’s County’s leadership is tackling this issue head-on through its Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI). The tour, conducted in collaboration with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, will take participants to Langley Park, MD to a housing development which is part of the Prince George’s County Executives Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI). TNI is directing a full spectrum of cross-agency resources in six unique communities that face some of the greatest challenges associated with crime, school statistics, and health care disparity. We will hear from affordable housing experts, and housing and community development practitioners to learn how TNI, as well as current and previous housing and community development efforts, are transforming and strengthening communities and where there is more work to be done to improve neighborhood housing, education, health, and safety.
Junior Achievement Finance Park Tour
12:30 – 4 p.m.
In a time when the United States is challenged with staying globally competitive, it is our young people that we must prepare to be future business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators starting with empowering them to own their economic success early in life. The tour will take participants by bus to Junior Achievement Finance Park in Fairfax, VA. In concert with Fairfax County Public Schools, and with the support of the local business community, Junior Achievement constructed a state-of-the-art 20,000 square-foot facility on the Frost-Woodson Campus in Fairfax, Virginia delivering high-tech, high-touch financial educational experiences to more than 14,000 middle school students each year. The tour will take the group through the facility, discuss the mission and importance of this resource for youth in schools as well as for adults in alternative education programs, and will also discuss the multi-sectorial partnerships at play to make this program a reality.
DC Vote Learning Tour of Washington DC Wards
1 – 4:30 p.m.
Americans living in our nation's capital, the epicenter of democracy, fulfill all of the obligations of citizenship – pay full federal taxes, fight and die in wars, and serve on juries – yet are still denied voting representation in the US Congress. This learning tour will take participants off the beaten path of the usual monuments and sites through several of the eight wards in Washington, DC. The tour will share the untold political story of the city including the role of the lack of voting rights in the disenfranchisement of residents for decades. Speakers will discuss various dynamics of a city with structural discrimination, disenfranchisement, and swiftly changing demographics of residents and the actual political system that negatively affects the lives of its residents. Attendees will also visit lesser known memorials in the city that are uniquely D.C. and learn of their significance in the daily lives of residents.
Anacostia River/Chesapeake Bay Watershed Tour
1:30 – 4:45 p.m.
The Nation’s Capital is divided into two separate but unequal parts by the beautiful but polluted Anacostia River and the 1200 acres of surrounding federal land. To the west are the grand monuments, most government buildings, the downtown, and several wealthy neighborhoods. To the east, some middle class neighborhoods are interspersed with areas of poverty, blight, and persistent social challenges. An ambitious plan to clean the river, promote sustainable economic development, and create a world-class riverside park was created more than a decade ago under then-Mayor Anthony Williams. Some very interesting elements have succeeded, including the world's first green professional sports stadium and a vibrant new riverside neighborhood, but others have been stalled. Participants will meet inside the Nationals Stadium to hear former Mayor Williams speak of the centrality of the area to the Nation’s Capital vision and his ongoing efforts to transform it, then board two small boats to tour the river area.
*Please note that the majority of this site session takes place on a boat, and there will be a 10 minute walk between sites. Please wear comfortable attire.
Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy Tour
1:30 – 4 p.m.
We as a nation should not just be preparing youth to succeed in competitive colleges, but to also empower them to be change agents in their communities and the larger society to create a more just, free, and equal world. The tour will take participants by bus to the César Chávez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy’s facility near Howard University. The Chavez Schools started with a vision to prepare inner city students to pursue a college education and take an active role in addressing important social issues in their communities. The Schools started with 60 students in the basement of a Safeway and now serves 1,400 students in three campuses from grades 6 - 12. Join us for a tour to learn the incredible history of this program, and how the dual mission of college prep and public policy has prepared hundreds of students to be effective in the democratic process.