(Washington, DC) – The D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) is pleased to announce the election of David Williams as the District of Columbia’s 53rd Youth Mayor. He was elected by the 400 summer participants in the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute (MYLI). The youth who vote in the election come from all eight wards of the city.
One of the goals of the MYLI is to expose its participants to real-life, hands-on experiences. The swearing-in ceremony gives the participants exposure to the actual electoral process and sets a tone for the seriousness of their position. This event also fits into Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s initiative to involve youth in his administration.
David Williams is a native Washingtonian and senior at St. John’s College High School. He is a member the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, the Symphonic Band and serves as a Student Ambassador. He will lead a project to revitalize Junior Civic Associations in the District. “We are pleased with the fact that David earned the respect of other youth and will serve as the Youth Mayor,” Lisa Mallory, Interim Director of DOES, said. “He is an outstanding representative of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute.”
The MYLI is a four-level, year-round leadership training and development program for young people aged 14-19 in the District of Columbia. The MYLI training model emphasizes practical, hands-on experience and a holistic approach to developing leaders for the 21st century. MYLI is offered through the DOES Office of Youth Programs. It should also be noted that both D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown and Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas participated and held leadership positions with the MYLI.