Registration is under way for the city's Summer Youth Employment Program, which places youths between 14 and 21 years old in jobs.

The program, which extends from July 1 through Aug. 16, provides work experience and training in jobs such as carpenters' helpers, library assistants, laboratory assistants, child care aides, graphic artists' helpers, broadcast production interns, groundskeepers, computer aides, theater production aides, clerical aides and lifeguards.

Participants earn the federal minimum wage of $3.35 an hour and work 20 or more hours per week, depending on their age.

Based on current budget estimates, salaries for approximately 17,000 jobs will be funded jointly by the U.S. Department of Labor and the D.C. government. An additional 750 salaries will be paid by private sector employers, according to the D.C. Department of Employment Services.

Since the city began this year's registration drive -- on Dec. 18 for college and private school students and youths not enrolled in school, and Jan. 3 for high school students in public and parochial schools -- 4,000 young people have signed up. To apply, job seekers must present the following documents at registration: a birth certificate, Social Security card, proof of D.C. residency and a statement of family income no older than six months. Noncitizens also must present their alien registration card, and men 18 and older are asked to show proof of draft registration.

Registration ends April 26, and jobs are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

College and private school students and youths not enrolled in school may register between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Department of Employment Services, 500 C St. NW, Room 103. Junior and senior high school students may sign up when a registration team visits their schools or between 3 and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the department's C Street office.

For more information or to find out when registration teams will visit schools, students are asked to contact their principal's office or the Summer Youth Employment Program office at 639-1577. Employers wanting to hire a youth can call 639-1651 (private sector) or 639-1721 (for subsidized employment).