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Posted at 2:35 PM ET, 02/28/2011

D.C. summer jobs program reaches capacity

By Mike DeBonis

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.

By Mike DeBonis  | February 28, 2011; 2:35 PM ET
Categories:  Vincent Gray  
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Comments

i think the parents that will truly upset are the ones that enroll their kids in the summer jobs program but live in DC

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | February 28, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I had both my son and my niece apply for the program on Friday. We came down there today to bring our documents and it was great! Couldn't believe I was in and out in about 10 minutes. I think DOES is finally getting its act together.

Posted by: ChildsPlay77 | March 1, 2011 12:16 AM | Report abuse

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