March 2018

Dear Friends,
As we look forward to summer and spring, there are many opportunities for our youth: scholarships, jobs, summer camps and more. I've sent a similar newsletter out each Spring to share items that may be useful for your family. If I missed an item, let me know and I will share it via social media. 
Do you know that Comcast offers an Internet Essentials program where qualifying households can purchase high-speed internet for $9.95/mo and buy low-cost computers?

If you haven't visited the Prince George's County Memorial Library website lately, please spend some time checking it out. Our libraries offer so much more than books -- job seeker services, free Rosetta Stone language learning, live homework help, tutoring and more.

As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way. 

Together  Strengthening  Our Community, 

P.S.  Please check my Facebook and Twitter for further updates.
 Scholarship Information
Apply today for the Prince George's Community College (PGCC) Promise Scholarship!
The Prince George's County Promise Scholarship is designed to support students with financial resources beyond federal, state, and private scholarships to complete their education. Scholarships w ill cover all tuition and fees for eligible PGCPS graduates! Learn more.
First Generation College Bound (FGCB) is a nonprofit organization which helps youth realize the dream of a College degree.  FGCB offers a College Access Program for seniors.  Participating students will receive encouragement, advocacy, and help with financing options.  Students will receive this service through their senior year and the summer after/before college. FGCB, in operation for more than 24 years, has helped over 500 young people in our area.  For more information follow this link.       
The University of Maryland Incentives Award Program provides full financial support to the University of Maryland for exceptional students, primarily directed at Knowledge is Power Program Schools (KIPP), and select schools in Prince George's County & Baltimore City. Click here for details on the criteria for qualification and here for more information.
Your Maryland Senators and Delegates have scholarship funds available to individuals bound for and currently attending a college or university in Maryland. Deadlines run through spring but differ per office.  The Senators and Delegates which overlap with Council District 3 are listed below. Please click on the name for contact information to reach out to the offices directly. 

Legislative 21 (College Park)
Legislative 22 (Berwyn Heights, University Park, Riverdale Park, Riverdale area, Woodlawn, New Carrollton, Lanham)
Legislative 24 (Glenn Dale, Seabrook, Glenwood Park, Glenn Estates)

Legislative 47 (Landover Hills, Bellmead, West Lanham Hills, West Lanham Estates, Finns Lane, Frenchman's Creek)

If you are not a District 3 Resident and you are interested in applying for scholarships in your area, follow these links to find your Senator & Delegates.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund awards nearly 500 scholarships a year to high-achieving students. Learn more about these wonderful programs and scholarships  here.    
The U.S. Department of Education's Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) can seem daunting.  This video was created to help parents and students in need of direction.  Please note, every school has their own deadline for the FAFSA, so it's best to get it done sooner rather than later.  There is even more help  available.  Stay  diligent!   
 Summer Camps
Prince George's County Department of Parks & Recreation offers more than 600 camps for ages 3-17!
The William S. Schmidt Center (Camp Schmidt) is an outdoor experience, reinforcing skills learned in the classroom.  Camp Schmidt is beloved by many students in Prince George's County. This summer they are providing several experiences. Click here for more information.  

The Foundation for The Advancement of MusicĂ‚ & Education (FAME)'s mission is to "positively impact the lives of youth through access to quality music, education, programs, and experiences."  Click here for more information about their summer programs. 

The Latin America Youth Center's (LAYC) mission is to "empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood."  Watch this link for updates in their summer programs coming soon!

Ancestral Knowledge teaches philosophies that support a sustainable lifestyle.  Their summer camps are 100% outdoors and include forest exploration, games and hands-on projects for ages 7 & older.  Click here for more information or to apply.  Financial aid is available.

Bowie State University provides a number of summer programs including computer camp, girls in computer science, basketball camp for boy & girls (separate) and many more.  Click here for more information.
Prince George's Community College's Summer Youth Program runs for four weeks in July. It is for students completing grades two through eight. Each program day includes courses that are academically focused and interest based. Students may select from either or both tracts. The program begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:30. A wind down sessions is available until 6pm.  Register opens the first week in February.  Call for more information (301) 546-0159.

The Cities of Greenbelt and Hyattsville  each offer a wide range of summer camps including swimming, basketball and gymnastics.  To register or for more information please follow the links above.  Camps are open to non-residents.  
Artworks Works Now   is dedicated to creating a stronger community through the arts. They have several summer programs available to families looking to expose their children to the joys of art.  Follow this link for a list of programs and prices.      
Located in Mount Rainier, Joe's Movement Emporium offers youth camps and programs throughout the year.  Follow this link for more information.      

Joyful Motion Dance Greenbelt is offering several summer camps and programs for youth of all ages.  Click here for more information.  
                            UMD SUMMER CAMPS

Gymkana is a UMD based program that provides safe gymnastics and acrobatics training for all ages and levels.  Click here for details.  

Terp Quest is a summer camp for elementary school children.  Click here for details.        

There are many STEM related summer programs including  Women in Engineering (WIE) open to students entering 9th through 12th grades, Discovering Engineering open to students entering 11th and 12th grades, Students with Potential and Interest, Considering Engineering (S.P.I.C.E.) Camp for 9th and 10th graders and more.  Click here for a full list of camps.     
Friends Community School (FCS) participants will explore science, language, art and life skills through hands-on experiences.  Popular sessions include robotics and film-making, game theory and design, theater and poetry, Harry Potter's world, sports, song-writing and instrument-making, architecture-and-art, Chinese, Spanish, and more.  Click here for more information.       
Impulse City provides summer fun and creative play to youth in Prince George's County age 3 to 12.  They have a hearty list of programs this summer.  Click here to take a look.       
The Greenbelt Makerspace offers spring and summer camps to engage children in hands-on learning of science, technology, arts and crafts that is fun, challenging, and rewarding.   

Elizabeth Seton High School offers summer camps for girls 2nd grade through high school. This summer, camps include general sports, volleyball, basketball, photography and band.  Click here for more information.

Engineering Mindz offers weekend sessions, kids day out events, tutoring, and spring break and summer camps. 
Youth Employment & Training
The Prince George's County Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP) provides summer employment opportunities and job readiness training for County youth.  
NASA provides summer, spring, fall and yearlong  locally in Washington , D.C. and Greenbelt.  These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities.  Follow the link above for more information or to register.  
Are you a student that may be interested in becoming a theater technician?  Joe's Movement Emporium is offering CreativeWorks for youth ages 16-21.  This is a workforce development initiative that provides at-risk students with instruction in theater tech operations and digital media. Paired with critical supports, including tutoring, college exploration, life skills coaching, and real work experiences, participants gain life and  employ-ability  skills toward a successful future.  Click here for details. 
Knowledge Equals Youth Success (KEYS) programs are designed to provide youth with the necessary tools to become competitive in the workforce. KEYS provides career pathways, credential attainment, and supportive services to youth and young adults who may face barriers to employment. Through local partnerships, participants gain a hands-on work experience. The various services afford great opportunities for youth, by preparing them for college, occupational skills training, and/or employment. 

KEYS offers three different programs: KEYS Careers, KEYS Innovations, and KEYS Summer Connection. Visit or call 301-618-8425 for more information. 
College Savings Plan

529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for the future higher education expenses of a beneficiary.
here to learn more.
Check out the extensive list of scholarship and financial aid information on the Prince George's County Public Schools website !
Contact your D3 Tea
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Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
Alvinia Kelly
Office Manager & Scheduler 
Thomas Mayah
Citizen Services Assistant
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison
Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator

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