Artists are often on the frontlines of gentrification, moving into lower-income neighborhoods, making those neighborhoods more appealing to outsiders, and soon enough, being priced out themselves.
Summer is just around the corner, and 13,000 young people in D.C. will have jobs during school break through the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, which recently expanded to hire people up to the age of 24. But while the program offers youth vital workplace experience and income paid for by the city, it’s not without critics. The D.C. Auditor faulted the program for failing to meet accountability and evaluation requirements. We speak to the director of the Department of Employment Services about the program and how issues are being addressed.
- Odie Donald II Director of the DC Department of Employment Services
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