Councilman Brown Lauds SYEP

WI Web Staff Report | 8/11/2011, 11:56 a.m.

At-Large City Council member Michael Brown praised the 2011 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), saying in an Aug. 10 statement that its efficient operation resulted in a $6 million savings to the District.

Brown is the chair person for the Committee on Housing and Workforce Development which oversees the program that hires D.C. youth, ages 14 to 21, each year.

"I am pleased that early indicators point to the fact that the 2011 Summer Youth Employment Program has been the most successful in many years," Brown said ."It is encouraging that Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Department of Employment Services (DOES) Director Lisa Mallory embraced the legislative and policy suggestions that I introduced, and the Council enacted, to ensure the fiscal accountability of the program and to increase the program's focus on quality placements and job experiences to serve our youth."

Brown said he was particularly proud that the entire operations of the six-week program, which had more than 16,000 participants, expended 19 percent less than the expected $16.9 million dollars budgeted.

Brown added that Gray, Mallory and the DOES staff are to be commended for the money saved and for implementing initiatives such as online registration, reducing expenditures for large orientation venues and creating an in-house time keeping system.

Said Brown: "I am confident that together we can continue to reduce the cost for next year's program while increasing the number of participants."