Registration is going on now for up to 30,000 federally and city-funded jobs that the city will try to provide this summer for District youths from 14 through 21 years old, according to a recent announcement by Mayor Marion Barry.
In past years, fewer than 20,000 jobs have been available through the District's summer youth job program.
Acting D.C. Labor Department Director Matthew Shannon is urging youths from low-income families to register early so they can receive priority consideration for available jobs. Under new federal requirements, Shannon said, the city must vertify the incomes of families whose children apply for prority consideration.
The District is expected to receive between $8.5 and $11 million in federal funds to provide up to 15,000 jobs in District government and nonprofit agencies for the lowest-income youths. In addition, the mayor is seeking congressional approval to spend $11 million of city-appropriated funds to provide another 15,000 jobs, and to initiate a program of year-round youth employment opportunities.
Several hundred District jobs are available for qualified young people through regular summer hires, which is a college work-study program with expenses jointly shared by the college, the city and the Youth Conservation Corps.
The federally funded jobs are reserved for youths from low-income families. While the other jobs would go to young people from families at a variety of income levels, top priority will be given to those from low-income families; and second priority to those from families with incomes slightly above the federally set low-income levels.
To qualify for top priority, young people would have to be from families with maximum incomes ranging from $4,580 for a family of two to $21,560 for a family of 13.
Hours for most of the summer jobs will range from 20 to 25 a week, and some regular summer hires will be 40 hours. Wages for most jobs will be $2.90 per hour, the federal minimum wage.
Public school students are asked to sign up for the summer jobs at the senior high school in their neighborhood.
Students from Lewis Elementary, Bannaker Junior High, Mount Pleasant Learning Center, Garnet-Patters, Lincoln, Marie Reed Learning Center and the Grimke Job Development Center should sign up at Cardozo. Those from Takoma Elementary, Backus, Paul, Rabut and Mamie D. Lee register at Coolidge. Those from Armstrong Vocational Bundy, Shaw, Stuart, Terrell and M.M. Washington Career Development Center sign up at Dunbar.
Students from D.C. Street Academy, Brookland, Hamilton, Langley, Taft, the Penn Career Center and Washington Street Academy sign up at McKinley. Those from West Elementary, Elington, McFarland, Burdick Career Development Center, Sharpe Health School and the Bell Career Development Ceter register at Roosevelt.
Students from Brent, Dix, Jefferson, Grant and the School Without Walls should register at Randall. Those from Deal, Hardy, Francis, Gordon and Eaton sign up at Wilson. Those from Winston, Sousa and Kramer sign up at Anacostia. Those from Friendship, Douglas, Hart, Johnson and Washington Highland sign up at Ballou.
Students from Experienced Based Career Education Center, Peabody, Fletcher Johnson, Tyler, Eliot, Hines and Chamberlain Vocational should register at Eastern. Those from the Miner Adult Education Center, Brown, Phelps, Woodson, Richardson Annex and Spingarn/Phelps sign up at Spingarn. Those from Kelly Miller, Roper, Evans and Merritt sign up at Woodson.
Out-of-school youth and private and parochial students up to age 21 and college students up to age 24 may sign up from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays in the D.C. Department of Labor's Young Adult Services Office, Room 902, 605 G St. NW.
To apply, young people must submit their birth certificates and applications and show that they have a Social Security Card. General Social Security information is available by calling 953-3600. Young people or their families who have questions about summer jobs may call 724-5544.