D.C. summer job program draws youth
(WJLA) - More than 14,000 young people signed up for the D.C. Summer Jobs Program hoping they'll land a gig and bring in a little of the green stuff while enjoying time away from school.
Youth ranging from ages 16 to 21 packed into the National Building Museum in the District and met hiring managers from CVS, the Metropolitan Police Department and even The White House.
The program was started some 30 years ago by former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry. Every mayor since Barry has continued the program.
Debra and Thornton Fennell, brought their son Thornton Fennell, Jr. to the job fair.
The elder Fennells said they both were in the job program when they were teens.
Now junior has his eyes set on a summer job in homeland security .
Another young man, Travis Ruth, said having a job is a good way to stay out of trouble.
"I just want to do something ; stay out of the streets-I don't want to be caught up in nothing. (A) summer job is where I need to be," Ruth said.