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Nate's Strategic Plan

Improve Youth and Young Adult Outcomes for DC Residents: Engage DC Youth Year-Round

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  • Support programming that engages youth effectively after school and in the summer
  • After-school programs, such as life skill courses and financial literacy programs, should be affordable and accessible to students and families.
  • Expand community engagement
  • We need to establish a DC Youth Council to empower youth to become more involved and increase the linkage between our youth and organizations that can impact their life privately.
  • Develop athletic opportunities and stronger partnerships between MPD and DPR
  • The development of the Police Athletic League will provide better opportunities for DC youth to express themselves through athletics and build a positive relationship between the MPD and the community.

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Nate's Strategic Plan

Improve Youth and Young Adult Outcomes for DC Residents: Increase Mentorship Opportunities for DC Residents

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  • Advocate for the expansion of Community Schools in DC
    • The Community Schools Incentive Initiative has fulfilled its mission by integrating academics, community engagement to improve student outcomes, plus more.
  • Develop a Community Partner database for our public schools
    • A Community Partner database system will connect schools with community organizations that want to offer support and resources to students.
  • Develop a stronger network for trauma based mental health/mentoring to at risk youth
    • We will work with nonprofit leaders and faith-based leaders to create a youth engagement driven network of providers and facilities that can offer mental health services to various community programs, centers, and churches.
  • Create various mentorship programs that fit the needs of the community
    • We aim to establish a mentorship program that allows students to connect with adults that are focused on life skills, academic interests, juvenile justice, and peer-to-peer.


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Nate's Strategic Plan

Create Employment Opportunities and Small Business Development Opportunities

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  • Secure funding for a Community Investment Fund targeted for DC entrepreneurs
    • CIF provides access to capital to entrepreneurs in Washington DC’s working-class communities.
    • The CIF would allow new and existing business owners access to capital so they can remain in their community to experience the benefits of development without being displaced.
  • Create a new year-round employment program for youth and young adults
    • We need to create transformative jobs programs, a, program for the development of government projects, and an infrastructure training program for young adults to strengthen the work within our community.
  • Secure funding for the St. Elizabeth’s Opportunity and Innovation Hub to connect DC residents to high quality jobs
    • This will provide DC residents access to an array of job-related services, resources, and training in one convenient location.
  • Guaranteed payments/universal basic income pilot (Flex DC)
    • The goals of a basic income system are to alleviate poverty and replace other need-based social programs that potentially require greater bureaucratic involvement.
  • Reduce fines and fees that create obstacles to employment for DC residents
    • We should introduce legislation to create a task force to look at all fees and fines that impact low-income residents and communities of color throughout the city.
  • Expand supportive programming for youth at highest risk of violence involvement
    • Develop a youth violence intervention and prevention grant program that focuses on high-risk youth.
    • Create a dedicated employment program at DOES for youth who are disconnected from school and have a history of justice system involvement.


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  • Continue to support the development of a Community Land Trust
    • A Community Land Trust serves low-income and disadvantaged populations in its service area by not only providing rental and ownership housing units, but also developing relationships with residents and offering programs and support throughout their tenure.
  • Create more homeownership opportunities for DC residents
    • We must develop an outreach/capacity building program that helps DC residents with homeownership and wealth accumulation. This program should include a marketing budget, resource for financial literacy, asset accumulation, and credit counseling/improvement.
  • Explore Social Housing Model
    • Private developers who collaborate with the city government to build affordable housing must allow the city to rent half of the new apartments to lower-income residents.


Nate's Strategic Plan

Improve Housing Security for DC Residents: Prevent the Displacement of DC Residents through Securing Permanently Affordable Housing Options

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  • Community policing/board development
    • Bridge the gap between the DC communities and law enforcement is crucial in ensuring public safety.
    • We recognize the importance of the Police Complaints Board and will enhance and increase the responsibilities of the board to better improve the citizen complaint process.
  • Reducing recidivism through the incarceration to incorporation program
    • 50% of the District’s returning citizens are unemployed and 50% are back in prison within 3 years.
    • The IIEP Act of 2016 is one way the District could constructively address this important issue by training, educating, and assisting returning citizens in becoming socially responsible entrepreneurs through several departments.
  • Expanding violence intervention efforts in DC communities
    • We plan to create a DC task force that will work closely with various offices and programs.
    • We plan to increase intervention activities that focus on interrupting the cycle of violence and focusing on those who are at highest risk of violence either as a perpetrator or a victim and including those who are returning from incarceration.
  • Increase a relationship-based approach to policing
    • Effective policing is rooted in community-policing partnerships.
    • Relationship-based policing that sees community as true partners in crafting safety is necessary to build trust and ultimately strengthens police legitimacy which in turn contributes to reducing violence.
  • Increase opportunities for DC born residents to serve in Metropolitan Police Department
    • A key element of increasing relational policing in the District can be met if we increase opportunities for DC born residents and residents from communities that are at risk of violence can serve as members of the MPD.
  • Increase capacity and service quality of gun violence, domestic violence, diversion, and victim services programs
    • Expand investments in violence prevention services to ensure that the footprint of violence interventions in the community match the scale and scope of the problem and need.
    • Create an RFP for an opportunity to fund up several organizations to expand access to high-quality, trauma informed mental health services in communities of high need.

Nate's Strategic Plan

Strengthening Neighborhoods for DC Residents: Increasing Public Safety in DC Neighborhoods



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Nate's Strategic Plan

Strengthening Neighborhoods for DC Residents: Improving Community Outcomes for DC Residents

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  • Increasing recreation opportunities
    • We plan to work with DPR to expand its recreation program offerings and increase access to the current programs that they currently employ.
  • Activating underutilized space in apartment and public housing complexes
    • Activating the community rooms in high-risk apartment complexes with a robust community program allows for the delivery of services and stronger engagement near communities at risk of violence.
  • Protecting and securing places
    • Establishing prevention activities will reclaim public places as safe spaces for everyone.
    • This will ensure safety in and out of school for young people, and community wide engagement to build authentic connections and cohesion among neighbors.
  • Invest in place-based programming and services
    • Create a series of community events that create safe outdoor events in areas by reclaiming public spaces.
    • Engage with communities to identify use cases for vacant parcels in neighborhoods impacted by violence.
  • Increase the capacity and number of nonprofit organizations providing services to DC residents through developing a non-profit incubator program
    • The Nonprofit Incubator Program’s purpose is to develop stronger non-profit organizations through the provisions of shared working space, resources, services, and seed funding.
  • Increase knowledge of services through public awareness campaigns in communities of need
    • Develop a street outreach network to distribute and disseminate information and materials in communities most impacted by violence and to individuals of high-risk violence.