Youth, Education, and Jobs

Since joining the Council in 2012, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has publicly explored the correlation between education, recreation, and career opportunity.

Throughout his time on the dais, he has fiercely advocated for District residents by championing stronger budgets to support public school teachers and students and calling for meaningful investments in early childhood education, childcare programs, and out-of-school time and recreation activities.

Councilmember McDuffie has also strongly supported the enhancement of workforce training and development programs at the University of the District of Columbia, and throughout our city, to ensure all residents have an equal opportunity to make a life and a living.

Legislative Record:

  • Helping close the racial wealth gap through the establishment of the Baby Bonds program, an initiative providing District families (whose income is below 30% of the Federal Poverty Level) with government-sponsored trust funds that a child, upon turning 18, can invest in education, property acquisition, entrepreneurship, or retirement.
  • Seeking to add an African American studies course to the DCPS curriculum, offering all District residents the opportunity to understand the many socioeconomic challenges facing and substantial contributions of the African American community in the District of Columbia and beyond.
  • Passing legislation to ensure that no resident’s credit history is a barrier to obtaining gainful employment or pursuing economic advancement in the District of Columbia.