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Posted at 07:25 AM ET, 03/18/2009

It's Summer Job Season Again

You've got to give the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty props for diving right back in.

It kicks off early registration today for the 2009 Summer Youth Employment Program and will be announcing the upcoming 2009 Summer Youth Job Expo.

The summer job program has been a staple in the city for decades, and Marion Barry built the adoration of generations for "giving me my first job," as so many residents of a certain age like to recount.

Fenty's efforts last year to give work to everyone who wanted it got the mayor in budgetary hot water, making the program the young administration's biggest financial and organizational blunder. It busted the budget by $30 million, and most recently, the city auditor Deborah K. Nichols issued a report noting that some of last year's summer workers didn't even have District addresses.

But that was last year's program.

The mayor will make his announcement at 3:45 today at Ballou Senior High School, with the new director of the Department of Employment Services, Joseph Walsh, by his side.

By Marcia Davis  |  07:25 AM ET, 03/18/2009

Categories:  Mayor Fenty

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