About Councilmember Navarro

I serve as the Council Vice-President and the Montgomery County Councilmember representing District 4. I am the chair of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee and also serve on the Health and Human Services Committee.

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March 4, 2010

Councilmember Navarro Requests Strategy to Engage County’s Residents with Limited English Proficiency

March 2, 2010

Council President Nancy Floreen

Montgomery County Council

100 Maryland Avenue, 6th Floor

Rockville, MD 20850

Dear Council President Floreen:

Since taking office this June, I have made a commitment to engaging the increasingly diverse residents of Montgomery County in local government. As we are all aware, our community is on the cusp of becoming a majority-minority jurisdiction, with 47.7% of the residents being people of color as of 2008. As of 2000, 26.7% of our population was foreign born and 31.6% spoke a language other than English at home. These numbers are only growing.

For that reason, I respectfully request that the County Council take prompt action to develop a proactive strategy to engage the County’s limited English proficiency (LEP) population in opportunities to provide input to the Council. Some possibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Recording bilingual or multilingual messages for Council voicemail greetings.
  2. Distributing hearing and town hall notices translated into common languages spoken in Montgomery County and through networks that are likely to actually reach LEP residents.
  3. Making translation assistance available for LEP residents who choose to testify or attend County Council hearings and events.
  4. Working with the Executive branch on ensuring County agencies are able to provide translated notices and documents, such as code enforcement violation notices and rental application forms.

My hope is that over time, these practices can be established as part of an ongoing process to ensure that Montgomery County government remains open and accessible to all of our residents.

I look forward to working with you and the rest of our colleagues on making this a successful endeavor.


Nancy Navarro
County Councilmember District 4

cc: Councilmembers Phil Andrews, Roger Berliner, Marc Elrich, Valerie Ervin, Mike Knapp, George Leventhal, and Duchy Trachtenberg
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Community Bridges - “Smart: The Rebirth of Cool” Campaign

620 Pershing Drive, 2nd Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910 • 301-585-7155 • info@communitybridges-md.org

“Smart: The Rebirth of Cool” Campaign

Challenge Statement: Community Bridges recognizes that the challenges that diverse girls of Montgomery County, MD are faced with (i.e. peer pressure, low self-esteem, oppression, poverty) increases their chances of participation in unhealthy behaviors while minimizing their ability to thrive.

In order to counteract these issues, Community Bridges is going beyond its programming to address the environments of our girls. The “Smart: The Rebirth of Cool” Campaign was consequently birthed to achieve the following:

Our Mission: To encourage diverse youth to create change in their school environments.


A. To create a campaign that mobilizes and unites diverse youth and adults in redefining what it means to be cool and smart in today’s society in Montgomery County, MD.

B. Capacity building of youth/creation of youth leaders with meaningful power.


A. A kick-off event for 200 youth and adults on 03/20/10 at Montgomery College, MD

B. Increased youth involvement and leadership in schools and communities—SGA’s, Youth Boards

C. New partnerships with youth, families, schools and communities

D. Decreased school and dating violence

E. Increased youth expectations regarding their future

F. The identification and training of someone that will take the reigns of the campaign in their respective school, community, and/or organization.

Kick-Off Event: “Smart: The Rebirth of Cool”

Schedule for Event March 20th, 2010




Registration, bagels and juice




Workshop I




Workshop II




Clean up

Workshop I: Purpose of this workshop is to define and break down what’s the particular drama they are struggling with in their schools and communities.


- Help youth vent their fears, issues and concerns as they arise in their schools.

-Help youth discuss their struggles with being smart and cool in dealing with the drama.


The arts will be used to facilitate the conversation (i.e. poetry, writing lyrics, drawing, videomaking, hip hop routine, stepping, etc.)

Workshop II: Action Planning


* Have the youth work in groups to create an “issues to action” proposal for a particular issue that was discussed during the first half of the day. At the end of the day, we would have them present their proposal before the audience and a panel of judges. The group that wins will receive $1000 to implement their action plan in their community.


· “issues to action” – HCF

o Obstacles to youth success/advancement

o Brainstorm solutions à action plan

§ Groups present action plans

§ Whoever wins action plan get $1,000 to implement

· Facilitators meet with them after the conference to help them implement action plan

Number of Workshops:

2 High School Workshops

2 Middle School Workshops

2 Elementary School Workshops

2 Adult/Community Workshops

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