D.C. summer jobs program reaches capacity
It's not even spring yet, and the city's popular summer jobs program is already booked.
As of 11:44 a.m., 12,000 city youth had applied for jobs -- reaching the cap on this year's program set by Mayor Vincent C. Gray. But employment officials are still encouraging kids to apply for slots -- the city is in the process of screening applicants for eligibility, and some applicants are likely to be excluded. Through
Sept. 19 March 19, the city is requiring prospective participants to attend "certification events" where they must prove that they are of an eligible age, live in the District and are allowed to work in the U.S.
The closed-enrollment policy is a departure from recent years, when Mayor Adrian M. Fenty opted to take all comers. That kept parents happy, but it busted budgets and made managing the record-size efforts a major challenge. With a limited pool of jobs, the program stands to be much more wieldy, but parents stand to get awful testy when they find out there's no room for their kids.
This year's program -- officially the "2011 One City Summer Youth Employment Program" -- runs from June 27 to Aug. 5.
| February 28, 2011; 2:35 PM ET
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