By Brelaun Douglas, Special to the AFRO

Earlier this summer, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a plan to connect D.C. residents in communities disproportionately impacted by unemployment and violence with work experience and training through the 1,000 Opportunities initiative. The goal was to connect 1,000 residents in 90 days.

Bowser announced September 5 that the District has exceeded its goal and matched over 1,180 Washingtonians with job opportunities in just 11 weeks.

The 1,000 Opportunities program is exceeding expectations.(Courtesy photo)

“With the help of our community partners, the 1,000 Opportunities initiative has already surpassed the original goal, and we’re not slowing down,” Bowser said.

1,000 Opportunities was launched as part of the Safer, Stronger DC initiative, a broader series led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity and the Office of the City Administrator. It is aimed at creating new pathways to employment and violence prevention across the District and since its launch has hosted community events, enrolled over 350 at-risk youth in a free summer enrichment program and expanded residential clean teams.

Training opportunities were provided by the Department of Employment Services through Project Empowerment, DC Quick Path to Transportation and Back to Work 50+.

On September 15, a 1,000 Opportunities conference will be held at the DC Infrastructure Academy, located at 2330 Pomeroy Road, SE, providing residents with resume advice, helping to hone their interview skills and to talk about more opportunities.

For more information go to 1kopportunitiesdc.com.