(Washington, DC) – Today, the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) hosted the 2017 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) Career Fair at Arena Stage in Southwest D.C. The Career Fair provided MBSYEP youth the opportunity to explore career choices, meet with employers, and gain additional information about available summer jobs. Nearly 200 employers participated in this year’s fair, including employers from local and federal government agencies, community-based organizations, the academic sector and the private sector.
“MBSYEP is the first step, for many DC youth, in gaining access to quality work experience, professional development and employment services that teach the skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “I want to thank our supporters including Citi Foundation, the business community and our MBSYEP partners who are aligned in supporting the District’s mission to ensure that all youth have a fair shot at a pathway to the middle class.”
The Citi Foundation, which has provided financial support to MBSYEP for the last three years through a partnership with the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, presented the District with a $225,000 check in support of summer youth employment as part of its Pathways to Progress initiative. “Summer job experiences – with the opportunity to develop workplace and money management skills – can serve as onramps towards securing a strong financial future,” said Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation. “Our continued collaboration with Mayor Bowser and the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund for a third year is connecting more young people in the District with a summer job and the chance to achieve their career aspirations.”
MBSYEP is celebrating its 38th year and is a locally funded program that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with high-quality work experience. Mayor Bowser has called on DC Council to permanently expand the program up to age 24 so that more District residents have access to a 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. This year, nearly 60% of participants will come from Ward 7 and 8, where the unemployment rate and opportunity gap are the highest.
“Ensuring that all youth in the District of Columbia are equipped with the tools necessary to compete and succeed in the District’s thriving economy is core to DOES’ mission,” said DOES Acting Director Odie Donald II. “We are committed to preparing our young people to be successful at work and in life, and the MBSYEP experience is a great first step.”
MBSYEP 2016 will begin on Monday, June 26, and end on Friday, August 4. For more information about MBSYEP, visit summerjobs.dc.gov.
The Department of Employment Services (DOES) is the District’s lead labor, workforce development agency, and responsible for providing District residents with critical employment readiness and job training services. The agency oversees Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, Project Empowerment, L.E.A.P., Career Connections, and additional supportive programs for veterans and older workers. To learn more about the programs and services offered at DOES visit does.dc.gov.
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