Update on 2009 Summer Youth Employment Program
WI Staff | 4/29/2009, 4:12 p.m.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Department of Employment Services (DOES) Acting Director Joseph P. Walsh announced, last week, that the District€s Summer Youth Employment (SYEP) has exceeded 20,000 youth registrants - the largest number registered since the 1980s. SYEP provides youths ages 14-21 with a nine-week work experience that runs from June 18-August 21.
€My administration is committed to creating a stronger and more successful Summer Youth Employment Program,€ said Mayor Fenty. €This year, we have made numerous enhancements to the program to ensure that our youth gain a meaningful summer work experience.€
According to Fenty, enhancements to the plan include mandatory on-line registration and for those applicants who register by May 1, they will be able to choose their top five preferred summer jobs. To verify applicants€ information, applications will be digitally checked against DCPS records and the Social Security Administration€s system for quick approval.
Over 40 District government agencies will offer more than 10,000 job opportunities, reported Walsh, and this year more than three times the number of private sector job opportunities will be offered. Jobs will also be offered though community based organizations and the federal government.
The program, according to Fenty the District is proposing a revision to the 2009 budget that will fully finance the SYEP program using the District€s community benefit fund, totaling $24 million. This revised budget will address the funding needs of SYEP, as well as citywide Local Fund revenue reductions and the availability of State Fiscal Stabilization funds. The budget proposal is scheduled to be submitted to the D.C. Council next week.
Sign up for the Summer Youth Employment Program online at www.summerjobs.dc.gov.