For almost three decades, the D.C. government has provided young people with summer employment opportunities. But last year’s program was plagued by budget problems and overwhelming participation. The program returns this week, amid questions about whether the city has adequately addressed those issues. We talk with director of the city’s program, and explore how summer employment programs are being implemented in our region and around the country.


  • Jonathan O'Connell Reporter, Washington Business Journal
  • Eshauna Smith Executive Director, DC Alliance of Youth Advocates
  • Joseph P. Walsh Director, Department of Employment Services, District of Columbia
  • Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Law & Social Policy
  • Margaret Singleton Vice President and Executive Director, DC Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Robert Gill Manager, Youth Employment Services Program (YES), Prince George's County

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