By LeRoy Potts

The D.C. Mentoring and Achievement Program (D.C. MAAP), a local not-for-profit, focused on assisting D.C. residents, particularly Southwest residents, find jobs in the hospitality, entertainment, and service sectors, will hold a listening session with job seekers to learn about challenges to finding employment.  

A volunteer-run organization, D.C. MAAP opened its doors back in February and offers resume writing assistance, mock interviews, and other career guidance free of charge. Volunteers were on hand to meet with anyone wanting assistance on the 1st and 3rd Saturday from Feb.-May from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Riverside Baptist Church, 699 Maine Ave., S.W.

D.C. MAAP is planning to launch a series of workshops to help participants develop skills needed for on-the-job success. Before workshops are rolled-out, D.C. MAAP wants to gather information from Southwest residents to better align workshops and curriculum with the needs of potential employees.

Ultimately, its founders envision D.C. MAAP not just helping residents find jobs, but helping them define, and advance in career pathways. If you would like to participate in the listening session and dinner, and you are between the ages of 18-40 and looking for work or looking to advance in your current job, then contact D.C. MAAP. The dinner is free, but participants are expected to participate in an informal dialogue with other participants and D.C. MAAP representatives. 

To register for the Nov. 6, 2019 listening session email D.C. MAAP at, or call us at 202-816-8572. To learn more about D.C. MAAP, please visit our website ( 

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