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March 09, 2011

Summer Youth Employment Program Host Applications Outpace Tally From Last Year 

Mayor encourages additional employers to join effort by March 25 deadline

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Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that the One City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) outreach to employers has resulted in nearly 5,200 jobs created, which significantly outpaces jobs created in years past at this point in planning.

Mayor Gray encourages employers who have not signed up to join in the excitement by signing up for the program by March 25, 2011. Major improvements to the program are already garnishing positive results as exemplified by the 212 employers already signed up, creating nearly 5,200 job slots for eligible District youth. The Mayor also reminds employers who have not signed up that the program will be smaller, and the application process will be more rigorous than in past years. Youth continue to apply for the program’s wait list at, which closes on March 11, 2011.

“The most instrumental aspect of each youth’s SYEP experience is the quality of the job to which they are assigned,” said Mayor Gray. “Given the quality of employers we have signed up to date, we are very encouraged that the program will meet high expectations and will encourage even more employers to sign up now.”

DOES’s outreach to potential employers has resulted in jobs created in all industry sectors in the District. Commitments to date include the CVS, the Downtown Business Improvement District, Georgetown University, Madame Tussaud’s Washington DC, US Department of Commerce, National Portrait Gallery and Wachovia Bank. DC government commitments are strong as well–the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will replicate its successful program where youth learned about government structures and created a “Building Blocks” blog to share their work experience; and the District’s Department of Small and Local Business Development is replicating its program, where youth created plans for small businesses and presented them to business community executives.

The One City Summer Youth Employment Program application process opened Friday, February 25, and remains open through Friday, March 11. DOES officials said that as of Tuesday, March 8, more than 18,000 youth applications had been received. Nearly half of the applicants are youths residing in Wards 7 and 8.

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

Employers can sign up and download an employer information packet by visiting or call DOES at (202) 698-3492. Host employers will receive information and an orientation about the program. In addition, DOES will visit employers as part of the host application process. The District pays youth salaries.