September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a chance to raise awareness of this often taboo topic in the black community. We want to use this month to gain a true understanding of how to prevent incidents of suicide and provide our community of friends and family with access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention.
Those that need help may not ask. This is why knowing the warning signs of those in your close circle is essential. Startling trends are surfacing around suicide, specifically among Black Americans. Recent CDC data ([link removed]) shows 15% of Black, non-Hispanic respondents seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days — compared to 8% of Whites and 10.7% of all respondents. The data also shows that 44% of Black, non-Hispanic respondents reported more than one adverse mental or behavioral health symptom compared to almost 38% of Whites and 40% of all respondents.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ([link removed]) has fantastic information on how you can help, including key warning signs someone may show if they are contemplating suicide:
1. Talking about wanting to die or to kill themself.
2. Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
3. Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
4. Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun.
5. Withdrawing from activities.
6. Isolating from family and friends.
7. Sleeping too much or too little.
8. Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
9. Giving away prized possessions.
10. Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
There is no single cause for suicide, however depression is the most common condition associated with suicide; particularly when undiagnosed or untreated. Look out for warning signs, especially if you notice new or changed behavior related to a painful event, loss, or trauma.
If you are concerned about someone in your life is experiencing mental health-related distress or are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support, contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
* Call or text 988
* Chat at 988lifeline.org ([link removed])
Connect with a trained crisis counselor. 988 is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365.
Trayon White, Sr.
Councilmember, Ward 8
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* Check out the 2021 Ward 8 Progress Report ([link removed])
** Voting Made Better with DC Public Library
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National Voter Registration Day is coming up and DC Public Library is celebrating GoGo-style! Join us on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. at the Anacostia Library and then on Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for our GoGo Vote Parties ([link removed]) . There will be music, activities, and of course voting demonstrations and information for the upcoming general election on Nov. 8, 2022.
Teens - looking to start your civic journey and get involved as well? Come to one of our Teen Voting Hangouts ([link removed]) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a conversation on how to make your voice heard when it comes to making sure your DC School Board student representatives know your concerns.
Finally, learn about the importance of exercising your right to vote with a special screening of Suppressed and Sabotaged: The Fight To Vote ([link removed]) (2022) by Robert Greenwald which explores the growing threat of voter suppression and election sabotage on Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Library.
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The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, Metrorail, and the DC Circulator while traveling within the District.
To be eligible for participation in the KRF program, each student must be:
* A resident of the District of Columbia, and
* Age 5 through 21, and
* Enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, charter, private or parochial school located within the District or youth in the care of the District.
School Year 2022 - 2023
In School Year 2022-2023, DC students can request a new SmarTrip Card for traveling on public transit systems within the District. A supply of the new cards will be sent directly to all DC public and charter schools for distribution to eligible students. Students can collect their new School Year 2022-2023 KRF SmarTrip cards from their school ID administrators as they did during the last school year.
School Year 2022-2023 Kids Ride Free SmarTrip cards will remain valid through September 30, 2023.
The Deadline Is Approaching!
Councilmember Trayon White and the DC Community Development Consortium (DCCDC) announced the Ward 8 Community Investment Fund (W8CIF) that will provide grants and loan funding support for Ward 8 aspiring entrepreneurs, small businesses, and visionaries.
The grant-supported loan program is available only to Ward 8 residents and business owners. Award categories are separated into three tiers:
Explorer - $5,000 Award
$2,500 Grant | $2,500 Loan
The Explorer tier is for aspiring entrepreneurs who need funds to explore a business idea. Explorers may still be in the research phase and need funds to further that research to finalize the product, service, or business. Explorer applicants are required to submit a pitch deck with the application.
Start-Up - $10,000 Award
$5,000 Grant | $5,000 Loan
The Start-Up tier is for aspiring or current entrepreneurs who have completed the research phase and have a plan for a new business, service, or product ready for launch. Start-Up funding supports entrepreneurs with launching their business or taking their new product/service to market. Start-Up applicants are required to submit an Executive Summary with the application.
In-Business - $20,000 Award
$10,000 Grant | $10,000 Loan
The In-Business tier is for established business owners with a minimum of 1 year in operation, either as a sole proprietorship or other legal business entity. In-Business applicants should be seeking funding to enhance operations and build capacity. In-Business applicants are required to submit an implementation plan, 1 year Profit & Loss statement, and 3 months of recent bank statements.
APPLY NOW ([link removed])
For details on the Ward 8 Community Investment Fund's Grant-Secured Loan program, please review the Information Packet HERE ([link removed]) .
Apply for the Ward 8 Community Investment Fund Grant Secured Loan. Applications are due September 7, 2022.
Visit maternalhealthdc.com ([link removed]) and tap “RSVP Today” to explore the sessions and sign up for as many as you would like to attend!
Councilmember White Sees Families Affected By Gun Violence Off To Healing Retreat.
September 2, 2022
Councilmember Trayon White greets families affected by gun violence before they leave for a healing retreat with J&J Monitoring LLC. Let us continue to keep Ward 8 and its families in our prayers.
Meet Wanda D. Lockrige
As chief of staff, Wanda serves as a senior-level confidential assistant to Councilmember Trayon White and manages the day-to-day activities of the Councilmember’s office. Her responsibilities include, but is not limited to:
• Meeting with lobbyists, community leaders, advocates, and major corporations in the absence of the Councilmember regarding pending legislation and community and constituent issues.
• Serving as spokesperson for a DC Council member on Council-related issues.
• Managing the DC Council member’s budget, which includes the allocation of staff salaries and non-personal expenses as approved by the Council member.
• Collaborating with executives and team members to determine and prioritize community initiatives. • Responding to inquiries on behalf of the Councilmember.
• Planning, coordinating, and leading community meetings as needed. • Strategizing on messaging and branding.
• Providing recommendations on improvement throughout our offices.
• Overseeing strategic initiatives from start to implementation.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: A sloppy Chicken and Cheese Sub with all the toppings.
Q: What do you love most about Ward 8?
A: The relationship that has been created over the years. The feeling of pride and the people who pour so much time and energy into my growth. The feeling of belonging to a community full of compassion when needed. Ward 8 comes together in a time of need.
Q: What motivates you at work?
A:Our team. They make me a better manager everyday.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
A: I'm both. But, if you're asking about my preference. I would say, night owl.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A:Hmmm. Rudy. It is a story about never giving up, endurance, and believing in self. I cry every time I see it.
Q: What’s something you’re proud of?
A: I am proud of the William O. Lockridge Community Foundation (WOLCF) which I founded in 2011. Since its inception, we have awarded over $200K in scholarships to students in Wards 7 & 8. We have also provided opportunities for Wards 7 and 8 students to travel to Cameroon, Ghana and Benin Africa through our International Ambassadors' Program.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: Expanding the WOLCF and providing full 4 year scholarships to Wards 7 and 8 graduating students.
Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: It changed from being a flight attendant (elementary school) to an accountant (middle school) to a pharmacist (high school).
Q: Do you have any hidden talents?
A: I just discovered that I can design websites. Who knew?!
Q: What else do you want to share about yourself?
A: I'm the original Ward8tonia. Born and raised in Ward 8.
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