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Issue 2016.2

#MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

ACTIONS FOR THE MOVEMENT WE REALLY NEED

ALSO INSIDE Should you rent or buy? • Get fitting on a budget • How to shop grad schools? • and more...


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#TNDigital

05 Fitness Doesn’t Have to Break Your Budget

Learn how to earn and keep your summer body on a budget

06 To Rent or To 08 Finding Your

Way out of Food Deserts

AD UNIT

Buy

Real advice making the big property decision from a local real estate expert

The best places to score groceries in any neighborhood

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Graduate School Shopping Smarts

How to make your next education decision count

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Relive the TN Moments

Check out the best photos from the biggest recent Thursday Network events

for the long haul

15 How to

Leverage Your LinkedIn

Thursday

Network Digital ...inside this issue  EDUCATION

 HOUSING

Real insights for turning your network into your next job

 HEALTH

 JOBS


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2016,How to Stay in the Loop... Dear Members, I’m so happy to connec t with you through our 2nd issue of #TNDigital. The 2015 -2016 ser vice term is proving to be amazing as we continue to see our o r g a n i z a t i o n a n d s i g n a t u r e e v e n t s g r o w. F r o m r a i s i n g m o r e t h a n $ 2 ,0 0 0 f o r o u r a f f i l i a t e t h r o u g h # G i v i n gTu e s d a y a n d t h e “ L i g h t U p t h e Ev e n i n g ” f u n d r a i s e r a t S T K , w e s t a r t e d t h i s t e r m o f f with a bang! Fa s t f o r w a r d a n d y o u ’ l l r e m e m b e r J o i n We e k 2 0 1 6 a n d a n ex p l o s i v e 1 6 t h A n n u a l M L K B l a n ke t a n d To i l e t r y D r i v e . T h i s e v e n t c o r r a l l e d m o r e t h a n 5 0 0 Thursday Network volunteers, community and religious leaders who endured a cold and windy day to ser ve sandwiches and deliver care packages to a r e a r e s i d e n t s s u f f e r i n g f r o m h o m e l e s s n e s s . We added 52 new members in Februar y alone. In March, w e h e l p e d h o s t a n a m a z i n g W h i t n e y M . Yo u n g , J r. Unsung Hero’s Gala and “ Soiree Noire” which included r a i s i n g m o r e t h a n $ 5 ,0 0 0 a n d c o n n e c t i n g s o m e o f t h e m o s t i n f l u e n t i a l m o v e r s a n d s h a ke r s i n t h e c o u n t r y. At little over half way through the 2015 -2016 ser vice term we selected the two dynamic recipients for our “I EMPOWER ” Scholarship. D u r i n g o u r A n n u a l Yo u n g B l a c k s G i v e B a c k M o n t h , we shared the message of health and wellness with thousands, provided groceries for families, and raised awareness about the impor tance of mental health in our communities. This great momentum we have wouldn’t be possible without the amazing suppor t and engagement of e a c h a n d e v e r y m e m b e r, i n c l u d i n g y o u . Yo u m a d e the National Day of Ser vice in April a success.

Yo u h o s t e d t h e N a t i o n a l U r b a n L e a g u e A n n u a l L e g i s l a t i v e P o l i c y C o n f e r e n c e . Yo u h e l p e d l a u n c h our first Annual Micro - grant Pitch Competition & Conference in suppor t of minority young professional entrepreneurs. And let’s not forget , you represented well at the 2016 National Urban League Conference in Baltimore, M D a n d w e r e r e c o g n i ze d a s t h e N a t i o n a l C h a p t e r o f E xcellence for the second year in a row! We w a n t y o u t o s t a y c o n n e c t e d a s w e c o n t i n u e o u r work in the community and creating a positive change as a par t of the Urban League Movement , both locally a n d n a t i o n a l l y. To m a ke s u r e y o u d o n ’ t m i s s a b e a t , c h e c k o u t a f e w ways below to stay in the know of what is going on!

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Yours in the Movement, Kendra Oates, PR Committee Chair Thursday Network

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 TONE UP

GET FIT WITHOUT WALLET PAIN$ 4 REASONS FITNESS DOESN’T HAVE TO BREAK YOUR BUDGET Health is wealth, not a financial burden ...or at least it shouldn’t be. It’s well known that exercise should be a regular part of a health and wellness regimen. However, the cost of a gym membership can be a deterrent for those on a strict budget. If one has to choose between groceries and a gym membership; the groceries will win out 100% of the time. One of the many great things about living in an area built around “the fittest city in America” is that there are many low- to no cost options to pursue a fitter lifestyle. Here are a few reasons getting fit locally won’t cost as much as you think:

1 . T H E C I T Y I S YO U R GY M

2 . T H E W E B WO R KS W E I G H T- L O S S WO N D E R S

3 . T E A M WO R K M A K E S T H E D R E A M WO R K

Literally. There are a multitude of recreation

A good Google search can usually turn up

Sometimes the hardest part of starting a

a free class or two. Additionally, there are

healthier lifestyle is motivation. Joining a

online publications whose sole objective

group for encouragement and accountability

is to spread awareness of the fitness

can be a good way to maintain a consistent

options in the city. One example of such

fitness routine. Running groups are quite

publications is Active Life DC. This resource

popular in the area such as the District

provides information regarding free and

Running Collective. There are also weekly

low cost classes, training tips, and class

classes such as Nike Training Club which is

reviews.

held at the Nike store in Georgetown at 3040

centers in the District and they all house fitness centers with cardio machines, free weights, and some host various fitness classes. In an effort to promote a healthier lifestyle among D.C. residents, access to these fitness centers is completely free with registration. Prior to January 1, 2016, membership was $125 per year with proof of D.C. residency. To find the closest recreation center as well as a schedule of

M St. NW.

classes please visit the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation website.

Continued on page 09

Artice by Natalie Pierre-Louis, Thurdsay Network Member


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To Rent or To Buy?

EXPERT ANSWERS TO ONE OF THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS’ GREATEST DEBATES Affordable rental housing in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area has been cut almost in half over the past decade according to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. A clear indicator of this fact is the growing gap between expendable take home income and money spent on

housing costs. These combined factors make the rent versus home purchase debate a more

Article by Anthony Graham, Licensed Realtor with the Keller Williams Capital Properties in D.C. and Md. on a mission to build thriving communities through real estate.

N AT I O N A L

critical question than ever for Greater Washington young professionals who are likely just establishing their financial foundation.

U R B A N

L E A G E

Y O U N G

P R O F E S S I O N A L S

Meet Your Leadership at www.nulyp.org Rent vs. Buy: Are you having the great debate? We want to talk to you. To be featured in our next issue, deciding when and where to buy a home in the Greater Washington Area.

email pr@thursdaynetwork.org to share your thoughts on


THREE HOUSING DECISION FACTORS When answering the big “Rent vs. Buy” question, there

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Signs the answer is “Yes, you should buy.”

are a few critical factors to consider as a young profes-

Here’s how you know homeownership is the

sional:

right move for you:

01

Career Flexibility: Do you need it?

1. Stability is paramount Homeownership means planting roots. It means you’re will-

Career stability as a young professional isn’t a guaran-

ing to stay in the space long term. You’ve established your-

tee. Landing that new position, pay raise, or promotion

self professionally and your pay is no longer in flux. You’ve

for experience might require a move to a new city. This

made a commitment to a particular city and are ready to

makes flexibility important; and when it comes to buying,

explore what that stability can do for you financially.

it’s a high value factor to sacrifice. The first young professional factor to consider is, “how likely is it that I’ll need to move?”

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2. You’ve done the pre-work to reap the long term benefits. The upfront cost associated with becoming a homeowner

Financial Risk: More than an ATM

outweigh the upfront cost of renting significantly. When considering a home purchase, you have to create a long-

When considering a home purchase, many young profes-

term strategy with your return on investment being the

sionals have yet to critically consider the level of impact

end goal. Although the hurdles are higher for ownership,

their credit score and savings have on their housing

the benefits include the ability to grow equity and to take

situation. In a rental, the hurdles to get into a space are

advantage of tax deductions. Over time you’re likely to

much lower than when looking to purchase. You pay a

recoup initial costs and even make a little greater return on

security deposit, you pay your rent, and when you move-

investment in a market area like ours.

out, you get your security deposit back.

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Neighborhood Non-Negotiables: The “Real” Side of Real Estate.

Help with the Hurdles In the Greater Washington area the Greater Washington Urban League’s Home Buyer program HPAP allows FirstTime Home Buyers in D.C. to take advantage of both down

Renting is a lot like dating. Swapping properties and com-

payment and closing cost assistance, which are significant

munities isn’t a huge deal. You can explore the parts of

parts of the upfront costs. This program and others like it

town you like, change your commute to work, shop your

have allowed for countless individuals and families to see

neighbors and ultimately always have the opportunity

their return on investment far outweigh their hurdle for

to decide you don’t like a space and easily negotiate to

entry.

change.

HOMEOWNERSHIP HELP FROM GWUL  GET HELP

3. You’re ready to commit to your neighbors and community Being a homeowner is not just about you or your family’s life. It also includes your neighbors and your surrounding community. Your duty as a neighbor includes taking actions like keeping up the appearance of the property, patronizing local businesses, and attending community

To get detailed information about the Greater Washington

meetings because all of these things help you do your part

Urban League housing assistance programs, visit

in making a community great.

https://www.gwul.org/programs/housing or contact Derek McDaniels, director of housing and

From neighborhood commission elections and school board

community development at dmcdaniels@gwul.org.

decisions, to development proposals and safety measures, homeowners drive the quality of life in a local jurisdiction. If

GWUL programs include

you’re ready and excited about that responsibility and look

• Credit and Homeownership Counseling

forward to investing in a community that you genuinely

• Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP)

love, you’re ready to own.

• Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program • Negotiated Employee Affordable Home Purchase Program (NEAHP)

Overall the decision to rent or to become a homeowner is a grand one and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Don’t decide blindly. Talk with professionals who deal in this space like reputable Realtors, mortgage lenders, and financial planners who can help you strategize and decide with your best interest in mind.


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TACKLING THE

THE HUNT: WHERE ARE THE

“HEALTHIEST” GROCERY OPTIONS?

Shanelle C. Patterson, Advocate for our community.

Food Fact:

A recent comprehensive review of data sponsored by the Prevention Institute of Oakland, CA found that residents who have access to supermarkets tend to have healthier diets.

It’s No Secret...

It’s no secret. A healthy diet can prevent

What’s also shocking is that this number

Food Deserts

diseases and conditions that can have a

reaches more than 72% in areas East of

Depending on where you live in the D.C.

seriously negative impact on our overall

the River – Wards 7 and 8 and the racial

metropolitan area, finding affordable,

health and life.

disparities in some areas are even more

healthy food choices can be as frustrating

alarming. For example, in D.C. “less than

as finding Carmen Sandiego. This lack of

What is a secret is that many of us who call

one in every 10 White District residents are

access to affordable, healthy food choices

the D.C. metropolitan area our home aren’t

obese, whereas one in every three African

is commonly known as “Food Deserts or

making healthy diet choices according to

Americans in the District are obese.”

“food insecurity,” according to The United

recent data.

States Department of Agriculture (USDA). While many things can attribute to a

According to the D.C. Department of

person being overweight, two factors that

Whatever the name, the problem is the

Health, “more than 50% of all adults living

can have far reaching effects are that (1)

same: There is a lack of availability of

in D.C. are overweight or obese.”

there aren’t many affordable, healthy food

nutritionally adequate food sources and

choices in the areas where we live, and (2)

resources in too many local areas.

we don’t know where to find healthier food options.


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4 REASONS FITNESS DOESN’T HAVE TO BREAK YOUR BUDGET Continued from page 05

4 . WA L L S A R E O P T I O N A L D.C. is made for outdoor workouts. Full of parks (some of which contain fitness equipment), hiking trails, and bike paths; there’s no shortage of space to work up a good sweat. Some popular sites in the city are the National Mall, Rock Creek Park and Anacostia Park. D.C. is also very pedestrian friendly, so a simple run in the neighborhood is also an option. These are just a sprinkling of the resources available to young professionals determined to stay fit without breaking the budget. What would you add to the list? Visit facebook.com/ thursdaynetwork to share your cost-friendly fitness secrets available in our city.

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THE HUNT:

Where are the “Healthiest” Grocery Options? As you should know, healthy eating begins in your own kitchen. So, when considering where to go, I would suggest starting at your neighborhood grocery store. Unfortunately, for those living in what has been determined to be a below or low poverty neighborhood, finding a decent grocery store in your area may be difficult -- Ward 7 and Ward 8 only house 7 (4 and 3, respectively) of the 43 full-service grocery stores in Washington, D.C. We can delve into an entirely different conversation as to why this is the case, and maybe we should later. However, the question at hand is where are the “healthiest” grocery stores? My research has turned up the following results for the Thursday Network service area:

Ward 1 1914 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Ward 2

For those of us who do not live near any of these grocery stores

1101 25th St NW, Washington, DC 20037

and do not want to rely on neighborhood “convenience” stores or

Montgomery County

gas stations, here are some resources for farmers’ markets that

10741 Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD

may be in your area:

20901 Montgomery County

• FreshFarm Markets Directory

6831 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD

• The Washington Post Farmers’ Market Map and local guide

20815

• Maryland Department of Agriculture Farmers’ Market Guide

Montgomery County

• The Downtown Bethesda Farmers’ Market Guide

H, 12268 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

This issue of “Food Deserts” is a very complex one and hopefully this article will help you on your healthy food search. This conversation is far from over, so stay tuned to #TNDigital for more information on finding healthy food whether you need it delivered

Ward 2 1440 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

or need help eating out.

Ward 2

Help Others Get Healthy Food

2201 I St NW, Washington, DC 20037

If you would like to support Thursday Network’s efforts to help

Ward 3

combat hunger one family at a time, you can donate to our Food

2323 Wisconsin Ave NW,

Pantry. To find out how, email csprograms@thursdaynetwork.org.

Washington, DC 20007 Ward 3 4530 40th St NW, Washington, DC 20016 833 Wayne Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Montgomery County 4420 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Montgomery County

Got Ideas? Are you passionate about bringing healthy food to communities in need? If so, email your thoughts to csprograms@thursdaynetwork.org or join our Commmunity Service

Prince George’s County

Committee Meeting on the 4th Monday of

9001 McHugh Drive, Lanham, MD 20706

each month at 7p.m.

Montgomery County 20600 Seneca Meadows Parkway, Germantown, MD 20876

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EDUCATION

Real Search, Select and Succeed Talk Grad School Blues? Five Ways to

in the Graduate School Game0 by Dr. Erica Southerland

Thinking of attending graduate school? You are not alone. Millions of Americans begin postbaccalaureate (graduate) programs each year. Even though deciding to pursue higher education

SEARCH First, find out what programs are available. Once you

beyond the bachelor’s degree is quite

are aware of your options, you can make a better

common in this era, and, minorities are

decision to fit your wants and needs.

pursuing graduate education at higher rates than ever the decision to pursue

Research - Look-up programs that cater to exactly what you need or want

such a feat is never an easy one.

to learn. GradSchools.com is a great place to start. When researching schools and programs it is important to consider facts such as location

However, the doctor is in and we’ve

and format, faculty expertise, program reputation, diversity, and of course

compiled five easy-to-remember tips to

funding opportunities.

help you navigate the process and avoid a case of the grad school blues.

• Find the best program format for you. Where is the program located? Are the courses delivered online or in-person? If the program is completely online, you need to find out if the classes are synchronous or asynchronous – and if that best suits your learning style and availability. Already confused? Don’t worry, this article provides a great summary of the many course types available today. • Rankings are NOT everything. Let’s start there. The popular national and international ranking systems have plenty of bias, especially toward recognizing the true value of niche’ institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). And, rankings alone cannot tell you what school or program is best for you. But, it is key to choose a program that has a respectable rate of graduates hired or placed in your chosen field – and relatedly a solid alumni network. This is by far not an exhaustive list, but here is a great place to start this part of your search. • Funding opportunities Find out if you have to pay for the degree out-of-pocket and/or through student loans. Or, are there funding opportunities available such as scholarships, grants, or assistantships.


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SELECT • Reach Out Email, call, connect on LinkedIn, or even visit the school! Sometimes introducing yourself and expressing your interest in a specific program can go a long way. Also, be sure to check out recent work and training surrounding higher education done by the National Urban League. • Ruminate So now you’ve gathered information and built relationships – decision time! This is also the time to buckle down to study and pass that entrance exam

SUCCEED

if required. Who knows, ruminate may even show up in your vocabulary section!

• Ready

• Set

Congrats, you’ve decided to

For some, this step will mean

pursue a graduate degree (or

a literal move to attend your

for some of us, another grad-

new school. In other cases it

uate degree)! This is the time

means preparing your mind

to make moves. Submit your

and lifestyle to be the best

application. Make absolutely

student possible. You can

certain it is complete and you

also recycle your reaching

have followed all of the direc-

out skills in this phase. Your

tions. Get your acceptance

Thursday Network and other

letter – for some this may

NULYP colleagues may be

take more than one attempt,

working or attending school

but do not get discouraged

in a similar field. Reach out to

and keep trying!

your new classmates – they can be your best allies and study partners during the course of your program and some of your best contacts and perhaps even friends after graduation.

• Register

YOU HAVE OPTIONS

According to DC Homequest, Greater

This one is self-explanatory. Of course, register for your first semester or quarter

Washington residents have more than 37

and enjoy! If you have ef-

local options for obtaining post-graduate

fectively taken these steps

education.

then you know you’re in the right place and you know you will succeed!


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Share Your Story ARE YOU INTERSTED IN GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT THURSDAY NETWORK?

 EDITOR’S NOTE One of the biggest ways to support Thursday Network is to help get the word out about events, issues, and GWUL programs. If you’re inspired and want to help share the TN story, there are plenty of

opportunties through our PR and other committees. To learn more email us at pr@thursdaynetwork.org.

#TNDigital

The Editorial Staff

Thursday Network Digital is a quarterly publication of the Greater Washington Urban League’s young professional chapter, Thursday Network. Produced and managed by the PR Committee, this publication aims to help young professionals positively change their lives, families, and communities.

JH

JOVAN HACKLEY, MANAGING EDITOR / ART DIRECTOR Content director and

strategist for Student Loan Genius and Fatherhood.gov

SH

STEPHANIE HARGROVE

CONTRIBUTOR, MENTAL HEALTH

ES

ERICA SOUTHERLAND, TECHNICAL EDITOR

TN Member & NULYP Public Relations Manager @DocSoutherland

AG

ANTHONY

NL

GRAHAM,

CONTRIBUTOR REAL ESTATE

NATALIE PIERRE-LOUIS,

CONTRIBUTOR

SP

SHANELLE C. PATTERSON,

CONTRIBUTOR HEALTH & FITNESS

HEALTH & FITNESS


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#MENTAL HEALTHMATTERS 

THREE ACTIONS-ITEMS FOR THE MOVEMENT WE REALLY NEED by Stephanie Hargrove and Jovan Hackley

Mental illness is a silent killer in the black

ronmental, and/or behavioral factors.

community. African Americans, just like

a broken leg? Would we hide it from everyone and resolve to never talk about it?

members of other racial groups, are suf-

According to Weir, “when it comes to men-

fering and dying from the symptoms of

tal illness, a one-size-fits-all approach does

If we did, we would suffer more and more

psychological distress. The major, lethal

not apply.”

each day and maybe even die from the

difference for the black community is that

injury. Every day you don’t seek treatment

African Americans are less inclined to seek

Weir’s words highlight one major theme,

for any ailment, you increase the pain and

treatment for psychological distress, pri-

the African American community really

potential destruction it could cause in your

marily due to the severe stigmas surround-

needs a mental health movement that

life.

ing mental illness.

speaks to its needs.

Recently, the U.S. Health and Human Ser-

But what does that even look like? We’re

get that bad, because we don’t think it’s

vices Office of Minority Health found that

glad you asked! Here are three must-do’s

shameful. If a mental health movement is

while 54% of people think that depression

for a mental health movement that really

going to operate the same way, we have to

is a personal weakness, African Americans

improves the black community:

remove the shame.

1. Subdue the Stigma

That means we need more programs like

Most of us would never let a broken leg

surpass the average with 63% who have that belief. This data is just one reflection of the many major differences that affect African American mental health.

National Day Without Stigma in October The stigma of mental illness alone is

and the It’s Up to Us campaign in San

enough to deter people from reaching out

Diego that works to fight the stigma and

Kirsten Weir, in an article published by

for help. For a mental health movement

make mental health a regular part of our

the American Psychological Association,

to have the best impact, it must position

health discourse.

said that the root of mental illness can be

psychological distress in the same way as

caused by a mix of biological, social, envi-

any other illness. Would we be ashamed of


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2. Increase Accessibility

3. Amplify Existing Efforts

While African Americans are 10 percent

If we didn’t offer resources in this article,

Health program lists a variety of

more likely to view mental distress as a

we would be part of the problem and not

resources and options for adults seeking

sign of weakness, the same study showed

part of the solution. The third thing a

mental health treatment.

that African Americans are 20 percent

mental health movement needs is more

more likely to report having serious

conversation about the resources that

These incredible programs are already a

psychological distress. In addition, 2005

already exist.

foundation and a start for a new mental

limited income individuals. The Montgomery County Adult Mental

Census data showed that African

health movement in our area. However,

Americans were 7.3 times more likely to live

While accessibility is an issue in the black

they don’t amount to much if we don’t fight

in neighborhoods with limited to no access

community, there are currently resources

the stigma, bring resources closer, and

to mental health care services.

in place that offer help for those in need in

ultimately, make more noise about the fact

our area including:

that they exist.

the next step to dramatically improve the

The Access HelpLine at 1(888)7WE-HELP or

How can you help?

mental health gap in our community is to

1-888-793-4357, sponsored by the DC De-

bring the resources for mental health care

partment of Behavioral Health. The hotline

Start now by sharing this feature and fu-

closer to our communities.

offers help in finding affordable mental

ture articles to come in our mental health

health and sourcing emergency psychiatric

series to help start a #mentalhealthmat-

treatment.

ters movement of our own and improve the

So fighting the stigma is a great start but

health of our communities. The Prince George’s County Behavioral Health Directory lists providers by specialty, insurance eligibility, and options for low/


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Thursday Network Digital – Issue#2 "Mental Health Matters"  

Thursday Network Digital is a publication of the Greater Washington Urban League’s young professional chapter, Thursday Network. Produced an...

Thursday Network Digital – Issue#2 "Mental Health Matters"  

Thursday Network Digital is a publication of the Greater Washington Urban League’s young professional chapter, Thursday Network. Produced an...

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