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Department of Employment Services to Host Final MBSYEP SmarTrip Distribution Event

Thursday, June 23, 2016

(Washington, DC) – On Friday, June 24 at 9:00 AM the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) will host thousands of District youth for the final event in preparation for the 2016 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP).  Tomorrow, MBSYEP participants will receive a WMATA SmarTrip card pre-loaded with $110 to offset the cost of commuting to and from their summer job site.

The 37th year of MBSYEP officially kicks off on Monday, June 27 and will end on Friday, August 5. MBSYEP is a locally funded summer jobs program that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with high-quality work experience. Mayor Muriel Bowser fought to expand the program up to age 24 so that more District residents could have access to their first job, putting more young people on the pathway to the middle class. MBSYEP serves youth from across the District of Columbia but has its greatest impact in the city’s historically overlooked and underserved communities. In 2015, 57% of participants came from Ward 7 and 8, where the unemployment rate and opportunity gap are the highest.

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WHAT:          Final 2016 MBSYEP SmarTrip Card Distribution Event

WHEN:          Friday, June 24, 2016 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM

WHERE:       Malcolm X Opportunity Center

                        1351 Alabama Avenue SE

*Closest Metro: Congress Heights Metro Station*

WHO:            Department of Employment Services Director Deborah A. Carroll