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Green Summer Job Corps Adding More Youth Jobs in Washington, D.C.

Posted on August 6, 2008

With the recent importance of being earth-friendly, some youths are exploring green jobs in Washington D.C.

The city is expanding its Green Summer Job Corps, and offering hundreds of Washington, D.C. jobs to youth who will help beautify public housing for the rest of the summer. Luckily this program is flourishing, as the city recently had a problem with its Summer Youth Employment Program.

The Green Summer Job Corps is is a program administered by the DC Department of the Environment. Existing corps members have spent the summer learning about environmental protection, cleaning up rivers, parks and schools and educating the public, according to a press release from the District of Columbia.

“The Green Summer Job Corps has been a phenomenal success,” said Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the release. “Whenever one of our agencies does something successful, we need to duplicate it, build on it, and share it with the rest of the government. That’s what we’re doing here today.”

As part of the program, the youth will work at eight District of Columbia Housing Authority sites throughout the District until the end of the summer. Members will help to clear garbage and invasive plant species and perform minor landscaping tasks. The students joining the corps were previously employed by PR Harris Educational Center.

“I’m thrilled that we’re expanding the idea behind the Job Corps,” said DDOE Director George S. Hawkins in the press release. “In a very short period of time, these young people will learn marketable skills that they’ll keep for life. They’ll also be able to pass their knowledge of environmental stewardship along to their friends and families.”

Members of the program also will be distributing surveys from the Department of Small and Local Business Development and Mayor’s Green Collar Jobs Advisory Council to see what District businesses have green operations, products or services. By collecting this information, the DSLBD hopes to connect businesses with green opportunities that will help them reduce overhead cost, expand customer bases and participate in District projects.

The Green Summer Job Corps is a partnership among the DDOE, DCHA, Department of Employment Services, Department of Public Works and Office of Property Management.

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