Mayor Bowser Launches Applications for Youth Employment Program

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Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) officially launched the application period for Mayor Marion S. Barry's 2023 Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP).

“Mayor Marion S. Barry's Summer Youth Employment Program is an investment in our youth and an investment in the future of DC. We encourage young people to visit and apply. We also call on parents and caregivers to ask the teens and young adults in your life if they have applied,” said Mayor Bowser. “We also know that there are many people in DC who want to help our youth stay involved in productive activities during the summer months. If you are an employer, this is an important opportunity to step up and support a young DC resident.”

For several decades, the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program has provided a fair chance to youth in DC. Each year, the program gives more than 14,000 District youth the opportunity to earn while learning and exploring possible careers. The program partners with hundreds of employers to provide relevant training and guidance to DC youth to help them develop the positive work habits and skills necessary to secure future employment.

This summer, the program will once again include more in-person placements and it is expected that 90% of placements will be in-person. MBSYEP follows an earn-and-learn model, and last summer, salaries increased for participants of all age groups. This summer, wages for the older age group will increase to $17/hour, based on the District's minimum wage.

The deadline to apply for MBSYEP is Tuesday, February 28. Selected youth will spend six weeks of enriching and constructive summer work experience through subsidized placements in the public and private sectors. Orientation for the program begins on Monday, June 26, and the program ends on Friday, August 4, 2023.

To kick off this year's show, Mayor Bowser participated in a Q&A podcast with youth participants from Deanwood's radio broadcast show at The Village Café DC. The Village Café DC is an MBSYEP Host Employer that is co-owned by former MBSYEP participant Kevon King.

In addition to encouraging youth to apply for MBSYEP, the Mayor is also calling on local employers to partner with the District to host participants. Employers interested in hosting participants can also apply through

To learn more about MBSYEP, visit .

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