Prince George's Proud: An Update From County Executive Alsobrooks

Dear Prince Georgians:

We are excited to share that our Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) is now accepting applications for this summer! Last summer, we placed over 3,700 young people in enriching summer experiences and this year, we have expanded the age eligibility requirements and will now accept applications from Prince George’s County youth ages 14 to 24 years. Youth who are interested in job readiness training and employment over the summer are strongly encouraged to apply to participate in the program. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, March 31.

Youth@Work/SYEP is an award-winning, nationally recognized program that helps young people launch careers by providing them with free job readiness training and paid work experiences through job placements in the public, private, nonprofit, and faith-based sectors. The program offers our youth practical experience that helps guide them as they begin to build their careers. It also helps develop other soft professional skills including punctuality, proper workplace attire, preparedness, and public speaking.

We are proud of our efforts to continue to create and expand opportunities for our young people to grow and thrive and we are excited to be able to offer our youth a great number of opportunities to engage and to learn during the summer break. We encourage our young people to take advantage of all that this program has to offer. Learn more information and get updates on the Youth@Work/SYEP website here or email SYEP@co.pg.md.us for individual inquiries.

Yours in service,

Angela AlsobrooksPrince George’s County Executive

SYEP

“Talk Health” at the Greenbelt Branch Library

Talk Health

This spring, come to the Greenbelt Branch Library and “Talk Health!” On most Fridays from March 1 to May 3, get your blood pressure checked, bring your medications for a personalized review, and more in this health series hosted by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Attendees can also listen to midday discussions about health topics such as depression and mental health, healthy eating, and stress management, followed by a low-impact seated exercise and mindful meditation practice. Nursing students, under supervision of registered nurses, can assist with general health screenings, medication education, linking to healthcare resources, primary care referrals, and health education and promotion. They cannot provide first aid, wound care, emergency services, vaccinations, or diagnose illnesses. Check out the full schedule of Talk Health events and get more information on the PGCMLS website here.

Community Legal Services Hosting Expungement Clinic

CLS Expungement

Those looking to speak to an attorney about whether they are eligible to have their criminal records expunged are encouraged to attend the Expungement Clinic hosted by Community Legal Services (CLS) on Saturday, March 9, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Laurel Branch Library. Volunteer attorneys with CLS will be available to review criminal records, help prepare expungement petitions, and discuss new and changing expungement laws, such as those related to cannabis possession, on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not required, but those interested in attending the event can sign up by calling 240-391-6370.

Youth Leadership Academy Opens Applications for Spring 2024

YLA

Calling youth leaders! Are you a young person between the ages of 12 to 22 years and interested in social justice? Apply to join the Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights (OHR) and Prince George’s County Memorial Library System’s (PGCMLS) Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) Spring 2024! Meeting will be held in-person every Tuesday in April, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the Bladensburg Branch Library. The (YLA) will educate and inspire about social justice leaders, movements, and actions. Featuring special sessions on human trafficking awareness and misinformation, this five-week session is an opportunity to learn, engage, and connect. Learn more information about the YLA on the OHR website or apply directly here. Space is limited so apply soon! If you have questions, contact OHR at OHRStaff@co.pg.md.us, with the subject line Youth Leadership Academy.


Solidarity Stories Book Group Debuts at Mixt Food Hall

Solidarity Books

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and the Prince George’s County Office of Human Rights (OHR), in partnership with Mixt Food Hall, are hosting a community book group on the third Tuesday every month, beginning Tuesday, March 19, at 6:30 PM at Mixt Food Hall in Mount Rainier. Join PGCMLS and OHR staff for a discussion on books with social justice themes, including race, disability, and gender. The debut selection, in honor of Women’s History Month, is Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. Borrow a copy from your local library branch and join the conversation! Learn more and register to attend here.

Honor the Contributions of Women with the Department of Parks and Recreation

MNCPPC WHMMarch is National Women’s History Month. Our Department of Parks and Recreation is celebrating all month long with female-featured concerts, poetry readings, theatre and dance performances, and much more. Check out a few of this year’s programs:

Tuesday, March 12Harriet Tubman PlayPublick Playhouse

Saturday, March 16Stephanie Mills Tribute ShowHarmony Hall Arts Center

Friday, March 22Women in Jazz Concert Montpelier Arts Center

Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24Syncopated Ladies Dance TroupePublick Playhouse

For more information on these and other Women’s History Month events, visit the Department of Parks and Recreation website here.


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