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It's Summer Job Season Again

You've got to give the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty props for diving right back in.

It kicks off early registration today for the 2009 Summer Youth Employment Program and will be announcing the upcoming 2009 Summer Youth Job Expo.

The summer job program has been a staple in the city for decades, and Marion Barry built the adoration of generations for "giving me my first job," as so many residents of a certain age like to recount.

Fenty's efforts last year to give work to everyone who wanted it got the mayor in budgetary hot water, making the program the young administration's biggest financial and organizational blunder. It busted the budget by $30 million, and most recently, the city auditor Deborah K. Nichols issued a report noting that some of last year's summer workers didn't even have District addresses.

But that was last year's program.

The mayor will make his announcement at 3:45 today at Ballou Senior High School, with the new director of the Department of Employment Services, Joseph Walsh, by his side.

By Marcia Davis  |  March 18, 2009; 7:25 AM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Great! The phone lines will be jammed with people calling their friends and family in any state you can drive from in 6 hours so they can come and sign up for a paycheck (not a job).

Posted by: jackdmom | March 18, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

A girlfriend of mine works in the DC Jobs program, and in their sub-department that is supposed to "train" and ready youth for jobs. She tells me that the program is a complete joke. They give a job to any kid who wants one, regardless of the kid's grades,and often employs kids who barely know how to spell job, much less adequately show up to and function on a job on a regular basis. If the kid does not like the job, or is fired from the job, the DC Jobs program will give the kid another job-which of course does not prepare the kid for any job in the real world. If we are to prepare our youth for the real world, and attempt to build a competitive work force, we should start by establishing standards for the kids in this program. Tardiness, attitudes, incompetence, etc should not be rewarded with another job assignment. As the previous poster commented, with the status quo, we are simply giving kids paychecks.

Posted by: brandip_77 | March 18, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

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