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Department of Employment Services to Host SmarTrip Card Distribution Event for Summer Employment Program Participants

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Today, at 9:00 AM the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) will host a SmarTrip Card Distribution event for participants in the 2016 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP). The event provides youth the opportunity to receive a WMATA SmarTrip card pre-loaded with $110 in transportation benefits to travel to and from their summer job site.

Additional DC government agencies and local organizations will also be on site to provide participants with information on financial planning, health and safety, volunteerism, and other educational opportunities.

This is the first of two SmarTrip distribution events, the second of which will be this Friday, June 24 at the Malcolm X Pop Up Opportunity Center in Ward 8.

MBSYEP is a locally funded 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.

MBSYEP 2016 will begin on Monday, June 27, and end on Friday, August 5. For more information about MBSYEP, visit

WHAT:          2016 MBSYEP SmarTrip Card Distribution Event

WHEN:          Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM

WHERE:       Verizon Center

                       601 F Street, NW

*Closest Metro: Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station*

WHO: Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney R. Snowden Department of Employment Services Director Deborah A. Carroll

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