(Washington, DC) – The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) will celebrate the success and conclusion of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2014 One City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), as well as commemorate SYEP’s 35th Anniversary, with a closing ceremony on Friday, August 8, 2014, at Eastern Senior High School, located at 1700 East Capitol Street, SE, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Youth participants nominated by their host employers will be recognized for their outstanding job performances throughout the summer, and several employers will be acknowledged for their dedication to the District’s youth and overwhelming support of SYEP.
SYEP is also celebrating its 35th anniversary, and DOES will give special recognition to Councilmember Marion Barry, who as Mayor established the summer jobs program in 1979 with the commitment to find summer employment for every District youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who wanted to work – a model still in effect today.
“The District’s Summer Youth Employment Program is the 2nd largest summer jobs initiative in the country, and we are extremely proud that it has continued a trajectory of efficiency, achievement, and success over the past four years,” said DOES Acting Director Tom Luparello. “Our Summer Youth Employment Program would not be successful without the enthusiastic support and commitment we receive from our employer partners who ensure that the District’s youth gain invaluable work experiences that will last a lifetime.”
The closing ceremony will open with brief highlights from SYEP 2014, acknowledge a number of participating agency and business leaders, and include youth performances by several SYEP participants. In addition, Mayor Gray and DOES senior staff will offer congratulatory remarks and words of encouragement for youth participants to continue their professional development beyond the summer.
The ceremony will conclude with an awards presentation to the top 200 “Outstanding Youth” for their exemplary youth leadership, exceptional initiative, and distinguished service throughout the summer program. Over three hundred nominations for “Outstanding Youth” were received from various government agencies, community-based organizations, and private sector employers.
The mission of the Department of Employment Services is to plan, develop, and administer employment-related services to all segments of the Washington, DC metropolitan population. We achieve our mission through empowering and sustaining a diverse workforce, which enables all sectors of the community to achieve economic and social stability.