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2015 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program

Program Overview

The Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a locally funded initiative sponsored by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) that provides District youth ages 14 to 21 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors.
Mayor Bowser signed the Mayor's Order 2015-037 on January 14, 2015 to rename the program the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program in honor of former Mayor and SYEP founder Marion Barry.
Through SYEP, we strive to provide young people with the opportunity to:
  • Earn money and gain meaningful work experience;
  • Learn and develop the skills, attitudes, and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work;
  • Gain exposure to various exciting career industries; and,
  • Interact with dynamic working professionals in a positive work environment.
Though SYEP is a short-term employment and training program, our goal is to introduce our youth to employers who will positively impact their futures.
Employers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area make this annual program possible by volunteering to serve as Host Employers and providing structured job opportunities for youth during the summer.

Program Dates

This year, SYEP will start on Monday, June 29, 2015 and will end on Friday, August 7, 2015.
The six-week program will consist of 29 days of work (Friday, July 3, 2015 is observed as a holiday and youth will not be paid for this day).

Program Capacity

This year, SYEP will provide jobs for District youth between the ages of 14-21 years old, who apply prior to the deadline and complete necessary registration requirements.


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More Information

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Service Contact: 
Office of Youth Services
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 698-3492
Contact Fax: 
(202) 698-5693
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
2nd Floor
Office Hours: 
9 am to 5 pm