November 16, 2016 ● Volume 1 Issue 9



Two Dunbar High Seniors Go from Student Trainees to Earning $40,000/Year

Most 18- and 19-year-olds don’t expect to make over $40,000 a year straight out of high school. But Dunbar High School graduates, Daniel Gibson and Quanya Reese, decided to get some real-world job experience under their belt as high school seniors and it literally paid off—big time!  They now earn $42,000 a year. Pretty good for an entry-level job!

The two young men participated in the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Pre-Apprenticeship Program as part of an engineering class at Dunbar High School. Throughout the program, they learned about inspecting homes and apartments to ensure that they are safe to live in and up to code. For six weeks, Gibson, 19, and Reese, 18, shadowed certified housing inspectors to learn first-hand what a proper living space should look like. It wasn’t always pretty. “During the program, I saw people paying to live in apartments without running water and with bugs, “ Gibson said.   

The Office  of Youth Programs stepped in to extend their pre-apprenticeship experience for additional weeks through the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) and DC Career Connections.

Although Gibson and Reese were among several students that took part in the DCRA pre-apprenticeship, they were the only two offered full-time jobs as housing code specialists. “I knew if I worked hard enough, they would find a way to get me a position,” Reese said. Although he said his mom wanted him to go to college, he said the money wasn’t there. That doesn’t mean he won’t pursue college in the future. “It’s still on the table… It’s always an option,” Reese said. Both he and Gibson said they planned to save their money from their full-time jobs.

They celebrated their first day of work during a pre-apprenticeship kick-off event Oct. 31 at Dunbar where they spoke to students about their experience. The event was attended by DCRA leadership, DOES staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner. DCRA plans to accept 10 students into the 2016-17 pre-apprenticeship program, which starts in January.

For information about paid summer internships, contact the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program at or attend an information session Nov. 30 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Latin American Youth Center, 1419 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Applications for MBSYEP will be available on the DOES website starting Jan. 27.


Who's Hiring?

Nov. 14-20 - National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to explore paid apprenticeship opportunities that allow you to earn a salary while you train for a career. Check out apprenticeships on

Nov. 17 - The Solar Energy Industries Association and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic are hosting the Solar Focus Job Fair from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Register via Eventbrite.

Dec. 7 - The Young Adult Hiring Event will be held from 10 to 3 p.m. at DOES headquarters, 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20019.


For more information about employment assistance, internships, or education opportunities, contact the Office of Youth Programs Call Center at 202-698-3991


New Hires!

Shout out to the 21 youth who were hired as IT Technicians during fiscal year 2016 through the Pathways for Young Adults Program (PYAP). The DOES program pays youth ages 18-24 to train for high-demand careers. After completing the training, the youth received job offers and began working in IT positions that pay $10.50 to $20 per hour. During the month of October, at the start of the new program year, two more PYAP participants, Ansar Clark and RaCharne Wims, received IT job offers from PTS Inc., with starting pay of $18 per hour.  PYAP is currently enrolling for 2017. If interested, call 202-698-3492.

As of mid-November, 32 participants in the Youth Earn and Learn Program (YEALP) were offered employment or entered college following completion of the program. Participants received job offers in areas such as construction, flooring, retail and government, with starting pay of $9.75 to $15 per hour. YEALP is open to District youth ages 16-24 who are out-of-work and out-of-school. In addition to receiving paid job training, the program also provides GED preparation, career counseling and internship experiences. YEALP is currently enrolling for 2017. If interested, call 202-698-3492.

Were you recently hired through a DOES program? Please tell us about your new job. Send an email to

Save the Date!

Nov. 30 
Attend an information session about the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program to be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Latin American Youth Center, 1419 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009. The Workforce on Wheels bus will be on-site to provide information about other employment and educational opportunities.

Dec. 2
A First Friday information session will be held at the American Job Center (AJC) located on Minnesota Avenue, next door to DOES. The session will cover free job training in high-demand fields such as emergency medical technicians, construction trades, office administration, paralegal, security and other fields. The AJC is open to individuals 18 and older. Register at

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