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February 23, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray to Announce New Appointments, Kick Off Summer Youth Program 

Mayor Vincent C. Gray to Announce New Appointments, Kick Off Summer Youth Program

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WASHINGTON – Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Department of Employment Services (DOES) Acting Director Dr. Rochelle L. Webb announced the start of the application process for the 2011 One City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to provide important summer job experiences to 12,000 District youth ages 14 to 21.

“This year’s program will have a significantly different look, feel, and focus from years past,” said Mayor Gray. “The 2011 SYEP will be much more transparent, and there will be a more rigorous application process for both youth and host employer participants. A concerted effort will be made to better match youth with appropriate job assignments in order to effect a more substantive and mutually beneficial work experience for youth and host employers.”

Mayor Gray’s One City Summer Youth Employment Program will have several important enhancements:

• SYEP will be smaller and tailored more to the individual needs of youth.
• DOES will take many steps to ensure youth are being matched to jobs that are appropriate to meet their needs. We will be offering two types of work programs:

o Work Experience programs where youth will receive hands-on experience they need to hone their job skills; and,
o Work Readiness programs where youth will receive basic skill training and enrichment they need to become more job ready.

• This year, youth will be required to “apply” for the program, not simply register.
• Employers will have multiple opportunities to interview and screen youth, including access to a database of youth resumes, telephone and in-person interview events, and a SYEP Job Expo to be held in April.
• Youth participants will engage in multiple orientation formats to better prepare them for work, including an online orientation course and an in-person soft skills training.
• There will be greater transparency around program requirements, dates, and deadlines to make sure everyone is aware of about expectations.

“We need to prepare our youth for the unique world our youth are currently facing and the challenges they are likely to face over the next few years when they enter the labor force,” said Dr. Webb.

Beginning Friday, February 25 at 3:15 p.m. through Friday, March 11, 2011, the One City Summer Youth Employment Program application will be open to young adults between the ages of 14 and 21. Applications can be accessed from any computer with a working Internet connection by visiting our website at

This year, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so youth are encouraged to apply early. To apply, youth will need to provide their Social Security number and permanent address. All participants must be District residents and must have a valid Social Security number. Interested youth who cannot access their Social Security numbers should contact the Office of Youth Programs for assistance.

Anyone needing assistance with their application or a place to access the Internet is encouraged to attend Midnight Madness -- the official SYEP application kick-off event. Midnight Madness will take place on Friday, February 25 from 3:15pm until 12:00 midnight at the new DOES building located at 4058 Minnesota Avenue NE (adjacent to the Minnesota Avenue Metro station). DOES staff will be on hand all night to help youth and their parents and to answer any questions they may have.

The 2011 SYEP will begin on Monday, June 27, 2011 and will end by Friday, August 5, 2011.

For additional information about the 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program, residents can visit, or call the DOES at (202) 698-3492.

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