Summer Youth Employment Program

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Provide constructive, skill-building work for DC youth through the Summery Youth Employment Program (SYEP). SYEP is a locally funded initiative that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors. Click here for details.

Progress Updates:

August 2019: The 40th year of the Summer Youth Employment Program kicked off on June 24 and ran through August 2.

March 2019: Mayor Bowser released the 2018 Summer Youth Employment Program Annual Report, showing nearly 11,000 young Washingtonians participated and worked more than 1.3 million total hours. The report noted that Summer 2018 had strong participation among 22- to 24-year-olds, an expanded use of success coaches to facilitate workplace achievements, and a 17% increase in returning participants. The Mayor’s Opportunity Scholarship program provided $167,500 in scholarships for MBSYEP participants for post-secondary education and occupational skills training.

July 2018: Mayor Bowser awarded $150,000 to 75 District youth, ages 18 to 24, through her Mayor’s Opportunity Scholarship program. For a second year, select youth in the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP), including DC Talent Leaders and Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute participants, received scholarships of either $2,000 or $3,500 toward their post-secondary education, occupational training, or a career in the military. Read more here.

  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Dept. of Employment Services (DOES)
  • Related core sectors: all
  • Related opportunity areas: all
  • Related action areas: talent