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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 11/18/2008

Looking for a Summer Job--Again?

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting its Summer 2009 Job Fair on Nov. 26 at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you're looking for a summer job as a camp counselor, life guard, pool manager, or a host of other possibilities, Turkey Thicket is the place to be on Nov. 26.

Representatives from DPR divisions and offices will be on site, including the Office of Educational Services, Camping, Athletic Programs, Roving Leaders, Human Resources, Teen Programs and Facilities Management. Contact the DPR Human Resources at (202) 673-7603 if you need more information.

Okay, but the D.C. Wire must be honest here. Given last summer's fiasco with the summer jobs program, it's hard not to smirk while conveying the DPR's honest efforts.

Who can forget the program, which employed more than 19,000 students last summer. Some students got paid, some didn't, some who didn't even work got paid. Some vendors with contracts to employ students got quite generous sums to take on the young workers. Some got paid hefty sums even when they did take on all the students they'd promised. The entire effort put the Fenty administration more than $30 million over budget. It was, as the kids like to say, a hot mess.

But you've got to give it to the administration for its steadfastness. While it pledges to manage things much better the next time, the administration has no intention of pulling back from its goal of offering a job to every young person who wants to work.

D.C. Wire---and taxpayers---will see how it goes.

By Marcia Davis  |  10:30 AM ET, 11/18/2008

Categories:  Mayor Fenty

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