Thursday, December 14th, 2023
Dear Prince Georgians:
Earlier this week, we hosted the Alsobrooks Youth Leadership Institute’s (AYLI) Graduation and Induction Ceremony to recognize the Class of 2023 inaugural cohort and induct our Class of 2024 cohort. The AYLI is an intense immersion-learning program for youth interested in County Government and community service that gives our youth a year-long experience where they learn about County Government and get opportunities to weigh in on important policies and legislation that help improve the lives of youth in our County.
We want to acknowledge and congratulate the young leaders of the AYLI graduating Class of 2023. From the start of their induction in November 2022, these 22 young people have had so many opportunities to see and participate in things that nobody else in their position has ever done. They went through 11 months of meetings, trainings, workshops, and events and earned more than 350 school service-learning hours. They learned all about the history of our County and how the County’s budget and agencies operate, and had the opportunity to meet and speak with the highest of leadership in our County Government.
We hope that these young people enjoyed being a part of this program just as much as we have enjoyed experiencing it with them. It has been fun going through this first year, and it has truly been a pleasure watching them grow into people who show a strong ability to lead – not just tomorrow, but right now. We want to thank them for being eager participants who were willing to learn, and we want to thank their parents and family members who have been so instrumental in supporting them through this program and for engaging their interest in giving back to the community. Congratulations to each of them on this amazing achievement.
As we bid farewell to the Class of 2023, we are excited to welcome the Class of 2024 and congratulate them on being selected to be part of this prestigious program. Some of these young leaders have a passion to end homelessness and some have an interest in youth mental health. Others care deeply about the environment, youth sports, or crime in our communities, and this year, we are excited to have so much more in store for our AYLI members. We are going to have fun while learning so much, and we encourage them to take advantage of these learning opportunities so that they too can leave something for next year’s class to build upon.
We had the highest of hopes when we put together plans for AYLI. We worked with some incredible partners to help make this a reality, and we want to thank them for their unwavering support. We would also like to give a special thank you to our Stakeholder Engagement and Affairs team, who have worked tirelessly to ensure this program is a success. We will continue to provide opportunities like AYLI for our young people to grow and thrive in Prince George’s.
Yours in service,
Prince George’s County Executive
Proud to be Around Prince George’s
39th Annual Bill Milligan Holiday Food Basket Program
On Tuesday, December 5, our Office of Homeland Security, Police Department, Office of the Sheriff, Fire/EMS Department, and Department of Corrections hosted the 39th Annual Bill Milligan Holiday Food Basket Program. Every year, this program provides thousands of food boxes to families in need throughout our County during the holiday season. We want to thank our public safety agencies for continuing to support our residents most in need and our sponsors for their continued support of this program.
Building Trades Career Center
County Executive Alsobrooks was Prince George’s Proud to join Governor Wes Moore to celebrate the opening of the brand-new Building Trades Career Center at the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 51 in Lanham on Friday, December 8. This grand opening marked the very first American Job Center within a building trades union in the entire country. Job growth and workforce development has been a priority throughout this administration, and investments in resources like this career center is just one example of our progress and our success. This project represents so much for our community, and we want to thank Employ Prince George’s, as well as our local, state, and federal officials, who supported our efforts.
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
On Monday, December 11, County Executive Alsobrooks toured several new units at Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, including their Emergency Department, Behavioral Health Unit, ICU/PACU, and Cancer Center. We were amazed to learn about some of the hospital’s future plans at their Clinton location. Throughout this administration, we have worked diligently to expand access to quality and equitable healthcare in the County. MedStar has supported this with their hard work of maintaining its status of providing quality and safe services and environments to its patients and our residents. We are Prince George’s Proud to have MedStar serving our County for years to come.
Be Loyal to Your Soil
‘Tis the season for yard trim…indoors. You can discard your natural plant décor, such as evergreens, flowers, pinecones, and dried fruits, right into your curbside compost to be turned into Leafgro GOLD®! Lean more information on the PGC Composts website here.
County News For You
County Announces New Director of Department of Corrections
County Executive Alsobrooks announced that Mr. Terence K. Clark has been hired as the County’s new Director of the Department of Corrections. Mr. Clark joins the County with nearly 40 years of professional experience in corrections security and rehabilitation.
Prior to joining Prince George’s County Government, Mr. Clark spent 38 years working for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner of Operations for nearly five years. In this role, he oversaw the Department’s operations and emergency services, including supervising 3,000 staff. Mr. Clark was responsible for managing the Correctional Emergency Response Team (CERT), Emergency Management Unit (EMU), Transportation Unit, Medical Transport Unit (MTU), the K9 Unit, and the Safety Office.
Mr. Clark began his new role with the County on December 4, 2023. His nomination package to serve as the Director of the Department of Corrections will be submitted to the Prince George’s County Council to go through the confirmation process.
Prince Georgian Appointed to MSA Board
The Office of the County Executive recently announced the appointment of Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan to the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) Board, representing the first time Prince George’s County has a dedicated seat on the MSA Board. Her knowledge and track record of strategic leadership, as well as her accomplishments, bring us confidence that she will effectively represent the interests of Prince Georgians and the MSA Board. The MSA plays an essential role in the continued planning of several upcoming construction projects along the Blue Line Corridor, a transformational project for Prince Georgians and Marylanders. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Hampshire-Cowan on her appointment!
The M-NCPPC Prince George’s County Planning Board recently announced the appointment of Ms. Lakisha Hull as the new Director of the Prince George’s County Planning Department following a six-month-long nationwide search. Beginning January 8, 2024, Ms. Hull will assume leadership of the Department, charged with advising and working with the Planning Board, elected officials, and the community to shape land use planning, zoning, and economic development plans for the County. She will report to the five-member Planning Board and lead more than 200 staff members in the development of master and sector plans, studies, data-driven initiatives, and policy updates, as well as the review of development applications and the preservation of environmental resources and historic properties.
Ms. Hull brings more than 20 years of professional experience in community planning, land development, permitting, policy and regulation, transportation planning, urban design, and zoning, serving in government agencies in the cities of Charlotte, North Carolina, Orlando, Florida, and Los Angeles, California. She most recently served as Planning Director of the City of Miami, Florida. Learn more about Ms. Hull’s appointment here.
Introducing Our New Latino Affairs Liaison VIP Intern
The Office of the County Executive is thrilled to introduce Ms. Maria Chavez, our new Latino Affairs Liaison VIP Intern! Maria is a proud Army veteran and Prince Georgian who brings a wealth of experience and passion to our community. Maria’s military background reflects discipline and resilience, instilling in her a deep commitment to service now channeled into community advocacy. As a County resident, Maria intimately understands the Latino community’s unique needs, leveraging her familiarity with the County to build meaningful connections. With a profound dedication to immigration issues, Maria seamlessly aligns her passion with our goals and values for Latino Affairs. We are grateful for her dedication as she transcends the role of intern to become a community builder and positive force. Join us in extending a warm welcome to Maria!
We are excited to invite passionate individuals to join us in making a difference. If you share our commitment to community service and diversity, consider applying for an internship with our Latino Affairs Liaison. Email us at LatinoAffairs@co.pg.md.us to explore how you can contribute to our vibrant and inclusive team.
Thrive Prince George’s, a two-year guaranteed income pilot program, is now accepting applications. This pilot program will provide $800 per month in direct cash assistance for 24 months to seniors who are 60 years or older and make less than $50,000 per year, and youth ages 18 to 24 years old and emancipated. Learn more about the program here. If you are a senior, apply here. If you are a youth, apply here.
Holiday Waste Collection Schedule Changes
‘Tis The Season for Furry Adoptions & Shelter Donations
December is the time to celebrate the season of giving. It is the perfect opportunity to adopt a loving dog and get a new fur-ever best friend with our special adoption rates. Throughout the month, the cost for a pet license fee for dogs that are spayed and neutered is $10 (for County residents only). For dogs that require spaying or neutering services, the price is $125 plus the $10 pet license fee. View our adoptable dogs here or call 301-780-7200 to begin an adoption.
The Department of the Environment’s Animal Services Division is also hosting a donation drive to enrich the environment of animals in the shelter. Please consider donating cleaned and gently used blankets or new toys for their merriment (cat and dog toys or treats, Kongs, Nylabones, etc.). Visit the shelter’s Amazon Wish List here. All donations can be delivered or dropped off at our facility during operating hours. Remember to adopt, don’t shop!
Celebrate Woof Wednesdays by giving a fur-ever home to a large, loveable dog! Think of all the big kisses and hugs you will receive throughout the years if you adopt a big dog – it will be priceless.
To help bring awareness and ensure large dogs find loving homes, the Department of the Environment’s Animal Services Division (ASD) is offering a special discount every Wednesday. Every large dog over 50 pounds is just a $50 adoption fee. Learn more information, view our adoptable dogs, and begin the adoption process on the ASD website here or call 301-780-7200.
In honor of America Recycles Day on November 15, Keep Prince George’s County Beautiful (KPGCB) and the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DoE) present the annual Waste Diversion and Recycling Awards! The ceremony recognizes County individuals, commercial businesses, schools, and other entities who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in recycling and waste diversion to advance the mission of KPGCB and DoE.
Individuals can self-nominate or submit a nomination for a County resident, commercial business, school, or other entity that has demonstrated exceptional achievements in recycling and waste diversion to advance the mission of KPGCB and DoE. A 2023 nomination form must be submitted on behalf of the nominee, including all relevant and supporting documentation before January 24, 2024, at 6:00 PM. Learn more and download the nomination forms in English and Spanish here.
Empowering Bilingual Community Health Workers: Bringing Vital Naloxone Training to the Hispanic/Latino Community
Led by our Latino Affairs Liaison, Samantha Howard, the Office of the County Executive is partnering with our County Health Department, Prince George’s Community College University Town Center in Hyattsville, and Coaching Salud Holistica to bring vital Naloxone, also known as Narcan, training directly to the Hispanic/Latino community! This free bilingual training will be held on Thursday, January 18, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, at Prince George’s Community College. Register to participate here.
We are empowering bilingual community health workers and Hispanic/Latino leaders by expanding and strengthening our public health preparedness efforts within the Hispanic/Latino community to combat the opioid crisis. After completing the training, our goal is to proceed with a “train the trainer” approach in Spanish and expand the program to Spanish speaking residents in Prince George’s County. If you’re a Hispanic/Latino leader in our community, we encourage you to join us and let’s make a lasting impact together!
Dereck Davis Day of Service: From Central High School Falcon to Maryland State Treasurer
On Tuesday, November 28, the Office of Community Relations (OCR) celebrated its annual Dereck Davis Day of Service, an annual community-driven initiative aimed at fostering positive change and unity within Prince George’s County. This year, OCR’s Dereck Davis Day of Service provided a unique opportunity for The Honorable Dereck Davis, Maryland’s State Treasurer and former OCR Deputy Director, to impart valuable knowledge and insight to the senior class of Central High School. Mr. Davis, an alumnus of Central High School, shared valuable information and insight to the students. In addition, many students were awarded electronic tablets and other prizes. The students also had the opportunity to hear from a local entrepreneur, Mr. Robert George, the owner of Shooters Sports. Mr. George shared his journey to becoming a business owner, offering the students valuable perspectives on entrepreneurship. He also gave each student a Shooters tee shirt.
The Dereck Davis Day of Service served as a platform for OCR to showcase positive influences within Prince George’s County Public Schools and underscored the spirit of unity that defines Prince George’s County. This event not only contributed to the betterment of the community but also provided an inspiring and enriching experience for the students of Central High School, highlighting the significance of service and mentorship. This annual commemoration reflects a commitment to empowering the younger generation and fostering a culture of service and civic engagement within Prince George’s County.
The Color of Inspiration & Empowerment
On Saturday, December 9, the Office of Community Relations (OCR) had the pleasure of attending the “All Things Purple” event hosted by Girl Speak, a Prince George’s County based nonprofit that endeavors to unite, educate, develop, empower, and celebrate young women through uniquely cultivated trainings and by utilizing traditional and non-traditional activities that promote unity and empowerment.
The “All Things Purple” event provided an opportunity for attendees to see an advanced private screening of the movie, “The Color Purple,” which will be released on Christmas Day. In keeping with the Girl Speak mantra of “utilizing traditional and non-traditional activities” to unite and develop young women, the event uniquely celebrated the tradition of female empowerment and the preservation of sisterhood by bringing multiple generations together for this non-traditional activity. In addition to the screening of the movie, attendees participated in a panel discussion and received information and resources on preventative healthcare with a specific focus on diabetes, lupus, cancer, and domestic violence.
Representatives from OCR also had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Jeanette Simmons, one of the extras featured in the upcoming film, who was slated to appear in the original film in 1985 but was unable to participate due to illness. Fast forward thirty-eight years later, and Mrs. Simmons is now featured in the film. Mrs. Simmons was recognized by the Founder and Executive Director of Girl Speak, Sharon Y. Anderson, for this amazing accomplishment.
Learn more information about Girl Speak here.
PGCMLS Board of Trustees Seeking New Members
The Prince George’s County Board of Library Trustees, the governing body for the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), is looking for new members in 2024. Board members must live in Prince George’s County and serve without pay for staggered five-year terms, but members may serve for a shorter time if appointed to complete the term of a vacant seat. Members are expected to attend board meetings, which take place every other month, and additional meetings may be scheduled as needed. Learn more information about the board, including bylaws, past meetings, and more, and access the application, by visiting the PGCMLS website here. Physical applications are also available at PGCMLS library branches. Applications must be received by Tuesday, January 2, 2024.
Latino Affairs Advisory Board Toy Drive
The Prince George’s County Latino Advisory Board (LAB) is working to make this holiday season special for our young people. Check out their Amazon Wish List and select an item to donate between now and Friday, December 22. Items will be shipped directly to the LAB. For more information, email LatinoAffairs@co.pg.md.us.
Protecting Your Child’s Health and Safety During the Holiday Season: Tips for Safe Toys and Gifts
As we approach the holiday season, it’s important that we keep our children’s safety and well-being in mind. December is recognized as National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, which serves as a reminder to ensure that the toys and gifts we purchase for our kids are not only fun but also safe and free from harmful substances.
To protect your child from lead exposure, consider the following tips when choosing toys and gifts:
- Look for toys labeled “non-toxic” or “lead-free.”
- Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls website to see if your child’s toys or other items were recalled.
- Do not let children play with vintage or antique toys made before 1978.
- Buy toys and children’s products from major brands and sold at reputable retailers.
By taking these precautions, you can help ensure your child’s holiday season is happy and healthy.
Real Estate Appraisal Bias is Unlawful
Did you know that discrimination in housing/residential real estate is illegal in Prince George’s County? This includes discrimination in real estate appraisals. If you believe you received an unfairly low appraisal on your home and you believe the reason is because of your race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, occupation, marital status, political opinion, personal appearance, sexual orientation, disability, familial status, gender identity, immigration status, citizenship status, or source of income, call the Office of Human Rights (OHR) at 301-883-6170. Learn more about OHR here
Spotlight On Prince George’s
OHS Employee Wins IAEM Region 3 – 2023 “Contribution to the Region” Award
We are Prince George’s Proud of our very own Ashley Morris from the Office of Homeland Security who was recently selected by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Region 3 as a 2023 “Contribution to the Region” award winner. This award acknowledges an outstanding contribution to the emergency management profession. Ashley was recognized for her leadership and stewardship of the bi-weekly Book Club meetings and her informative presentation based on research she conducted helping emergency managers understand weather science. These contributions demonstrated a significant impact to the profession extending beyond her home jurisdiction.
There are nearly 1,000 IAEM members in Region 3 which encompasses Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. There were several deserving nominations this year, but the committee identified Ashley’s as outstanding. Please join us in congratulating Ashley on this amazing accomplishment!
10-Year-Old Prince Georgian Competing on MasterChef Junior
Photo Courtesy of WTOP and Fox
We were so amazed to hear about 10-year-old Prince Georgian, Zarah Spriggs, who is competing in MasterChef Junior! We wish Zarah much luck during the competition and are Prince George’s Proud to be rooting her on. Check out this story to learn more about Zarah.
Photo Courtesy of USTA
We are Prince George’s Proud of our very own Frances Tiafoe, who was recently inducted into the United States Tennis Association’s Mid-Atlantic Hall of Fame. Frances has been making strides in the tennis world and we want to congratulate him on this amazing accomplishment! Check out this article to learn more about Frances’ induction.
Wise HS Football Team Named Maryland 4A State Champions
Photo Courtesy of Craig Hudson, The Washington Post
We want to congratulate the Henry J. Wise High School Pumas football team, who are the Maryland 4A State Champions! We are Prince George’s Proud of the entire team for all your hard work to claim this title. Check out this article to learn more about their win.