D.C. summer jobs program filling up quickly
Attention District parents: if you want your children busy and receiving a paycheck this summer, you better hop to it.
Enrollment in the annual summer jobs program -- ahem, the "One City Summer Youth Employment Program" -- began this afternoon, and unlike in previous years, the number of participants is capped at 12,000.
Former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) accepted all comers to his summer jobs programs -- more than 20,000 -- which created management problems in 2008 and busted budgets in subsequent years. But successor Vincent C. Gray (D), for budgetary and management reasons, is promising a program "smaller and tailored more to the individual needs of youth" -- but one that stands to anger parents who get left out.
The Department of Employment Services is hosting a "midnight madness" registration event today, where kids and parents can enroll until the wee hours tonight.
By 6 p.m. today, some 4,500 city youth enrolled in the program, said DOES spokeswoman Dy Brown. She said the program is likely to be booked by Monday.
You can enroll online, or stop by the shiny new DOES headquarters tonight at 4058 Minnesota Ave. NE.
| February 25, 2011; 6:00 PM ET
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