WASHINGTON – Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that his “One City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)” has exceeded its application goal after the first weekend for which applications were open.
Mayor Gray stressed that the program’s application and vetting process will be more rigorous than in past years, and encouraged other young people to continue applying for the program’s wait list because some of the early applicants may not qualify.
“We are very excited by the large number of applications received thus far,” said Mayor Gray. “This is a testament to the tremendous outreach efforts undertaken by many of our partner District agencies and community-based organizations and it demonstrates the importance of the program.”
The application process opened Friday, Feb. 25, and remains open through March 11. DOES officials said that as of Tuesday, March 1, more than 12,000 applications had been received. Nearly half of the applicants are youth residing in Wards 7 and 8.
Employers have already expressed early interest in creating 5,200 summer jobs to date through the program. Of that figure, more than 70 percent are positions outside the D.C. government. The employer list includes private-sector businesses, non-profit organizations and the federal government.
Unlike previous years, the next steps in the application process include checking applicants to ensure their eligibility for the program – which requires that youth are District residents and are willing and able to work. Once applicants are deemed eligible, they are matched with appropriate employers. They must complete an online orientation that will provide them with an in-depth tutorial about the program, attend in-person soft skills sessions, submit a resume or self-profile and apply for jobs of interests. In many instances, youth will also interview for these positions. If applicants do not complete these steps by the specified deadlines, they may risk losing their place in the program
The One City Summer Youth Employment Program application is 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 www.summerjobs.dc.gov.
Applicants 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 youths who cannot access their Social Security numbers should contact the Office of Youth Programs for assistance.
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 summerjobs.dc.gov, or call the DOES at (202) 698-3492.
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