Ongoing: Tutoring for Youth
When:  Every Wednesday, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Where:  Tenants and Workers United, 3801 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305
What:  Volunteer opportunity to give back to our community!
Please consider tutoring our City’s kids in the “Youth Educated and Active: Academic Program.” Tenants and Workers United invites youth 12 to 18 years old every Wednesday between 4:30 and 6:00 pm. They provide homework help, FAFSA and scholarship counseling, college preparation and leadership development.
For more information: please contact Ingris Moran at 571-251-9537.
Several Grassroots Alexandria members served as volunteer tutors last year. Let’s make it a tradition!

March General Meeting
When: Wednesday March 27, 7pm
Where: TWU Building, 3801 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria
What: Evelin Urrutia of Tenants and Workers United – Inquilinos y Trabajadores Unidos will tell us about TWU’s latest work and how she hopes to affect change in Alexandria.
Background: Evelin Urrutia first joined Tenants and Workers United through its youth group. Through the efforts of her cohort of youth leaders, T.C. Williams high school hired a bilingual counselor for the student body. Because of those efforts, today there are still bilingual staff and resources available to students. Under her leadership, the youth group won the College Prep for All campaign in 2009 which implemented Individualized Academic Plans. They are are now called Individual Career and Academic Plans for students in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). She also piloted the Community Organizing and Education for Democracy (COED) program. COED graduates are currently enrolled in college, traveling the world and looking for ways to contribute to their community through their education and career. After 12 years as the lead organizer for the youth group, she now leads a Women and Parent Organizing group. Evelin fully understands the communities she works for and the issues the people in the Commonwealth face. In 2016, she became TWU’s Executive Director. She lives in Prince William County, has two sons and a daughter, and studied Business Management at Northern Virginia Community College.

Portraits of Progress: Artwork by Formerly Incarcerated Women
When: Tuesday April 2, 6pm
Where: Principle Gallery 208 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314
What: Please join us for a display of artwork by clients of Friends of Guest House. Friends of Guest House is a residential reentry program for women transitioning from incarceration back into the community. Guest House clients worked with Aubrey Rainbow, a Master’s level Art Therapy student at George Washington University to create these pieces.
Friends of Guest House was kind enough to visit Grassroots Alexandria featured for one of our monthly meetings.

Vulnerable Communities Team Meeting
When: Tuesday April 2, 7-9pm
Where: write to for location
What: We will be updating each other on the many topics we are involved with: ICE in Alexandria, restorative practices in ACPS, affordable housing, Human Rights Commission, new City Council, initiatives for 2019, and much more.

Grassroots Alexandria Happy Hour!
When: Date to be announced
Where: Lena’s near Braddock Road metro station, 401 E Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22301
What: Come out and meet us (look for the green Grassroots Alexandria sign, sitting on a table)!

April General Meeting
When: Wednesday April 24, 7pm
Where: TWU Building, 3801 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria
What: Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings will tell us about the Alexandria Public School System. Our activists have been lobbying to expand restorative practices and make the program more effective. We will hear from Dr. Hutchings and engage in a dialog.
Background: Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings is a graduate of T.C. Williams High School. He came up through the ranks of ACPS, attending Patrick Henry and James K. Polk Elementary Schools, Mount Vernon Community School, and William Ramsay Elementary School followed by Francis C. Hammond Middle School.
Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Hutchings was a director of pre-K-12 initiatives and director of middle school programs with ACPS, where he launched the candidacy phase of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme, which has since been implemented at Jefferson-Houston School.
In 2013, he became Superintendent of Shaker Heights Schools, located in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Under his leadership, he collaborated with community stakeholders, administrators and teachers to close the achievement gap and ensure that students of all backgrounds had access to the resources, tools and opportunities needed to succeed. He became one of only eight superintendents in North America to lead a district offering the IB program for all students at all grade levels, including pre-K. Dr. Hutchings also worked closely with school board members and administrators to develop and execute a strategic plan to realize the district’s goals. He served five years as a superintendent before returning to ACPS as superintendent in July 2018.