On behalf of the YEP-DC Leadership Team, I would like to wish you and your families Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
We are thankful for your membership! We are also thankful for your participation in many of our activities this year whether our Partnership Happy Hours, YEP- Policy to Practice Conference, Inaugural Mentorship Program, our 2 EduJob events, our inaugural Education and Equity series, our 2nd annual Next Steps Professional Development series and other events. We started an Adopt-a-School program with Payne Elementary School, where we raised $350 for books for their students. We held a survey regarding your outlook in the education world. We are thankful for our writers on Recess blog and for organizations that post on our YEP-DC Postings..
We are thankful for you for supporting these events and sharing it with your friends and colleagues. This could not have been done without you. I'm incredibly thankful for the YEP-DC Executive Board and the Leadership Team for their hard work in putting these events together.. I'm thankful for our YEP-DC Advisory Committee for their advice and assistance in providing resources to our organization.
It has been a growing year for us and we look forward to continuing many of the programs we offer year-round in order to prepare your for the next steps in your education career. We will be holding our first membership awards on Feb. 2nd as part of our YEP-DC Members Reception. We ask for your nomination of colleagues who should be recognized by YEP-DC.
We are already at work for our events such as EduJobs (Late February), Policy to Practice Conference (Early May), and other new professional development and community engagement events. Our hope as an organization is to be an assistance in your educational career. So we welcome your thoughts, let us know what events you would like to see or if you want to volunteer with us.
As we close 2016, there are changes on the horizon as we will be having a new U.S. Secretary of Education and a new DCPS Chancellor. But, this provides an opportunity for YEP-DC to be in the forefront and grow our members to be the drivers of change in education here in DC and in our nation.
We wish you the best and we look forward to having you join us at our events in 2017!