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Mike Shields and Katie Walsh

Earlier this year, the Washington Literacy Center received a call from supporter Mike Shields that he recently proposed to his girlfriend Katie Walsh. Mike shared that in lieu of wedding gifts, the happy couple is asking their friends and family to make a donation to support theWashington Literacy Center. Mike first discovered the WLC at one of our fundraisers, and has stayed connected with WLC. Mike and Katie are well known in DC circles and nationally. Mike Shields, a long-time Washington political strategist, is co-founder and partner at Convergence Media, a political commentator on CNN and has been a guest on several national news programs. Mike first discovered WLC during his time as th

Workforce Development Program at WLC

In September, the Washington Literacy Center will launch a pilot program in conjunction with the Department of Employment Services focused on providing education and employment opportunities for youth ages 18-25. The goal of the program is to utilize specialized and innovative learning methods to address deficiencies and help move youth along the employment and continued education track. “I’m excited about this new initiative that is bridging the gap between government and our non-profit community to address the root causes of unemployment in our city”, said Markus Batchelor, Ward 8 Representative on the DC State Board of Education and member of the Washington Literacy Center Advisory Counc

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