Category Archives: Youth Training

We are Determined to stand up Workforce Training Courses

GABIDDC’s Mike Jackson is working with the district Department of Employment Services (DOES) operation and is determined to stand up the Workforce Training courses necessary for apprenticeships and work opportunities at the Walter Reed Redevelopment Project, sooner rather than later. If approved Workforce Training Courses will include (once all i’s dotted and t’s crossed):

(BCE- 102) – course for concrete finishers
Environmental Remediation Course (developed Previously)

When we get more detail we’ll give you more concrete news and contact information. We are trying to stand these classes up as soon as possible, rather than later. DOES Announced on September 5th 2017:

“The D.C. Infrastructure Academy will give D.C. residents the chance to learn the nuts and bolts of what makes our city run,” Bowser said.

Mike hopes to operate his piece before the main temporary campus is created. We at GABIDDC have been working towards this capability for more than 2 years. If approved the Workforce Training Courses offered by the Academy will teach:

“Everything from utilities to transportation and logistics to operations and green technologies — and ensure that they are first in line when it comes to securing the infrastructure jobs of today and tomorrow.”

Initially, starting in 2018, they are planning to operate the academy out of an “interim location east of the Anacostia River” until a permanent location can be completed. They will be able to pay participants 9$ an hour to attend the training. If all goes as planned.
Further Reading:

Inclusive Development

All the people associated with GABIDDC have a vision of inclusive development of the Georgia Avenue Business Development Area as a thriving community of communities, with thriving people, thriving businesses, and a system of development and sustainment that floats all boats. My friends with GABIDDC, all of them, are devoted to that vision. We seek to provide, spark, encourage, instigate the kind of education, training and job opportunities that make that possible.

The Developers of the Campus where Walter Reed historically stood, promised such inclusive development to the people of DC. That is why GABIDDC has sought to work so close with them and tracked their efforts and successes with such interest. They have a huge amount of environmental remediation work to be done.

Michael Jackson, Dr. Tony Johnson, Dean of University of the District of Columbia Community College are in negotiations, seeking to institute an “Environmental Training Center, (ETC),” or at least classes in environmental remediation, to train workers and young people in how to safely deal with environmental hazards. More importantly, the goal is to employ DC youth in this productive work. The goal is to work with, and maybe train for, companies like Tera Tech and NorthStar. NorthStar will be removing tons of concrete and hazardous waste. We would like to make sure the workers do this removal safely and without the kinds of exposures that make workers sick down the line.

Sustainable development involves using care in dealing with contaminated environments and using workers who are well trained, and preferably local.

We need your support Community

Community Education Discussion

We held a community discussion on Education on June 22nd at 5:30 in co-sponsorship with the Black Student Fund.
We discussed 2017 education issues in the Georgia Avenue Corridor.

On a Sad note we lost 3 members of our GABIDDC family; Wayne White, Dr Richard Lee and Dr Albright all died in the last three weeks. All were members of the GABIDDC family.

Completing this mission, with the help of God, and those who have a stake in the mission, is important work. We will continue their pioneering efforts.

A Day for BSF – 2017

The One day fundraiser was a success. But the BSF could still use your donations. And GABIDDC could use some help too. Please donate to either of us at.

Please let them know that you were referred from GABIDDC.

One Day Fundraiser

To GABIDDC Members and Readers:

Letter from The Exective Director of the BSF:

“Last June with your generous support during BSF one day June fundraiser, BSF was able to raise $4k. I want to thank you and ask that you again help us raise $5k on our 24 hr “one day fundraiser” on June 7, 2017.”

“Much has transpired in twelve months. One could say it is the best of times and the most challenging of times. Every BSF senior had multiple college offers but BSF services were required to help families address college financial aid gaps. BSF continued to work with member schools on issues of diversity and inclusion while fielding more calls and emails from families concerned about the climate and culture in independent education. Over nine hundred families applied to BSF for membership for Fall 2017 but we were only able to accept less than 5%. Across the work of BSF the story is joy and pain.”

“Your continued financial support will allow BSF to respond to today’s demand and continue to create opportunity and access for talented students of color at independent schools. Funds raised from this effort will support summer programs and academic enrichment.”

If you donated last year, I hope you will match that donation this year.

This year we are soliciting you directly and using our on line donation page to reduce costs we incurred last year. You are encouraged to make you donation today on line at:

Please let them know that you were referred from GABIDDC.

Thanks for giving us the resources to Build Strong Futures.

Leroy Nesbitt Jr.
Executive Director
Black Student Fund
3636 16th St NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20010

Walter Reed Hearing March 1st 2017

There was a hearing of the DC Council on Walter Reed on March 1st 2017. Michael Jackson gave his testimony for our GABIDDC efforts on that date. We appear to be making progress on achieving our goals for developing workforce training capabilities. So anyone who is in need of job training or help getting job training or access to education should call (202) 604 3097

Deputy Mayor Brian T. Kenner Gave his testimony:

Deputy Mayor Testimony

The meeting was a success, and we at GABIDDC are doing our level best to ensure that the old Walter Reed Campus is redeveloped as designed.

Further Information:

scheduled for March 1st 2017.
Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site Reuse Advisory Committee
Wednesday, March 1 starting at 10:00 a.m.
Room 123, John A. Wilson Building
Contact: Demetris Cheatham
at or 202-297-0152


GABIDDC Working to create a Video Game Institute for Job Training

GABIDDC Working to create a Video Game Institute for Job Training

This Summer we did our Video Game coding training program again as a pilot project, following up on similar efforts in previous years.

Our video game program which operates in Washington, DC, is one of these efforts and is designed to bring video game development skills to DC youth, who are underrepresented in the video game industry; many of these young people love video games but would otherwise never be exposed to techniques, let alone the opportunity, to make their own video games. We use the object-oriented program, Python, to teach video game development to the students. This includes lists, tuples, and maps; functions and methods; classes and instances; iteration and looping; debugging, and more. We will, of course, also teach some basics in animation, collision detection, collision avoidance, etc.

We need your help!

We would like to continue the program, institutionalize it and make it an ongoing program. Our program ran this summer on a shoe-string budget; we hope to continue it as an after-school program during the school year and for all interested children. Experience has shown we will have no trouble bringing in African-American boys. So, we will target our next wave of publicity toward females and Hispanics, and the District’s growing immigrant population. We are trying to raise $8,000 for the 2016-17 year by October 31; this would be used for:

  1. A program manager/instructor
  2. More computers and monitors
  3. Books (there are a lot of free Python e-books, but we need some hardbacks)
  4. Paper, markers, blackboard
  5. Commercial IDLEs (these make debugging a little easier)

To help visit:

If you are a youth, or guardian of a youth, who might be interested in taking classes the next time they are offered. Please click on this link and fill out this form:

Training Form

About the Program

Georgia Avenue Business Improvement District and Development Corp works, among other things, works to keep our rich diversity. One way we do this is through building workforce educational and training programs aimed at building the workforce of the future.

But, as many of you know, it is not enough to teach someone how to fish. How many of us took three years of high school Spanish or French? How many of us rarely practiced the language? … The result is we forgot the language within a few years. The developers of this class want to avoid the same thing happening to our students. Accordingly, we will not only provide instruction in videogame development, but we will form them into teams and encourage them to practice their newly learned skills throughout the year.