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DC Career Connections

DC Career ConnectionsDC Career Connections is a work readiness program designed to provide more than 400 out-of-school and unemployed young adults with opportunities to gain valuable work experience, skills training, and individualized coaching and support to obtain employment.  An integral component of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Safer, Stronger DC Initiative, DC Career Connections actively seeks to engage District youth in targeted Police Service Areas (PSAs) across the District, including:

  • 507 – Langston/Carver
  • 602 – Mayfair/Deanwood/Lincoln Heights/River Terrace
  • 604 – Capitol View/Benning Heights/Benning Terrace
  • 702 – Woodland Terrace
  • 705 – Congress Park

With the help of stakeholders throughout the District of Columbia – business leaders, community leaders, and service providers – DC Career Connections provides young adults ages 20 to 24 the opportunity to earn and learn while providing the support they need to be empowered and connected to rewarding career opportunities.  Participants can participate in the program for up to nine months, working up to 40 hours per week at a training wage of $12.50 per hour. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • District of Columbia resident
  • Age 20-24 years old
  • Permission to work in the United States
  • Willing to take Urinalysis drug tests throughout the program

Program Structure

Program Enrollment

DC Career Connections has rolling admission with orientations held each month. Attending an orientation session is mandatory to participate in DC Career Connections.

Register For An Orientation Session By Completing This Online Form.

Program Applicant FAQ's

U.S. Bank Focus Card Pre-Acquisition Disclosure

Host Employers

Employer partners are key to the success of DC Career Connections.  We partner with employers to recruit, train, match, and coach candidates for successful employment.  Interested in learning more about DC Career Connections or becoming a host employer?  Please complete this brief employer survey and a program representative will contact you within three business days: Click here to access the employer survey.

Current Participant FAQ's 

Service Contact: 
Division of State Initiatives
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 698-5599
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
DOES Headquarters, Second Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm