Summer Youth Employment Program

Summer Youth Employment Program

2018 SYEP – Registration period opening soon.

Check back later for more details and information.

Program Overview

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is a locally funded initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Employment Services (DOES). The DOES webpage with information is:  The Summer Youth Employment Program provides the District’s youth ages 14 – 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through placement in private and government sector temporary positions.Summer Youth Employment Photo

SYEP provides young people with the opportunity to:

  • Earn money and gain meaningful work experience;
  • Learn and develop the skills, attitudes, and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work;
  • Gain exposure to various exciting career industries; and,
  • Interact with dynamic working professionals in a positive work environment.

The 2017 SYEP started on Monday, June 6, 2017, and ended August 16, 2017. The six-week program consists of 29 days of work. If you need to access the SYEP portal, click here.

Conclusion of 2013 SYEP

The 2013 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) at CitiWide ended with a bang! The Work Readiness Program addressed essential skills youth need to work in the 21st Century Workforce. The following topics were addressed during the Workforce Training which lasted six weeks: Work Ethics, Effective Communication, Life Skills, Dress for Success, Developing Problem Solving Skills, Violence Prevention, and Resume Preparation. The IT and Computer literacy IC3 program included: hardware and software training leading to industry recognized certification – (Microsoft Office Training: Windows, Word, Outlook, Internet), including Hardware and software information sessions.

The highlight of the 2013 SYEP program was the EverFi Challenge which CitiWide Computer Training Center’s students won in a highly competitive Financial Literacy Competition throughout the Washington, DC, communities. Over 650 community-based organizations competed in the EverFi Challenge and more than 14,000 SYEP youth participated throughout the District of Columbia. CitiWide’s 109 youth won the competition and received a Pizza Party organized by BankOnDC’s (Economic Development – Banking Bureau, Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking in Washington, DC).

Shinada Phillips, Program Manager, stated in an email to Anthony Chuukwu, CitiWide’s Executive Director:

“We here at Bank on DC would like to thank you and your youth’s participation in Bank on DC’s online platform, EverFi; which was underwritten by the DC Chamber of Commerce Foundation. By your youth completing this web-based platform they will be empowered, engaged, and most importantly educated on the basics of money matters. We hope this program has encouraged our youth to have a new perspective on finances and they will begin preparing for their financial futures now. The beauty behind this program is they are now certified in financial literacy, which they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

The winners of the EverFi Challenge was Citiwide Vocational Center, their completion rate was 91 percent, with 100/109 youth completing the program. However, each youth that has participated in this program are winners in gaining financial literacy.

We hope that you and your youth learned valuable information and found it beneficial to complete the program. Even though, the Summer Youth Employment is ending, we encourage you to motivate your students who have not yet completed EverFi, so they can also have the opportunity to become fully enriched.

Thank you again for taking the time to be a part of this innovative web-based platform. If you have any comments or concerns, please feel free to contact myself or Sybongile Cook, Director of BankOnDC. We value your expertise and appreciate your continued commitment to support our youth on financial education in our communities.”


Shinada Phillips
Intern-Summer Programs Manager
Economic Development – Banking Bureau

SYEP 2013 Youth Orientation Video

Occupational Skills Training for D.C. Youth, ages 14 – 24 years old. CitiWide Computer Training Center is providing the following training to D.C. (click here to download):

1. Computer Information Technology (IT) IC3 Training – (40-120 HOURS) 

    • Computer Hardware: Computer parts, internal components, storage system, processor speed and memory, etc.
    • Computer Software: Using operating systems, Word processing using Word, Spreadsheet, using Excel, Presentation using PowerPoint, Communication using Outlook, Surfing the web using the Internet.
    • Living Online: Communications, Net+ Server, etc.

2. Health and Safety Training – (4.0 – 18 HOURS)

    • First Aide
    • CPR
    • AED

3. Workforce Development Training (20 – 75 HOURS)

    • Interview skills
    • Life skills
    • Career development
    • Internship Placement / Community Service
    • Job Placement and on the job experience
    • Financial Literacy
    • Time Management, etc.

 4. Education Enrichment (120-500 HOURS)

    • Literacy improvement
    • Numeracy improvement
    • GED/ESL

Requirements: DC Youth/resident; 14-24 Years Old; Referred DOES/DYRS Clients. 

Important Documents:

  1. SYEP Citiwide Registration Form (pdf)
  2. Welcome and House Rules (.ppt)
  3. SYEP Youth Handbook (pdf)
  4. SYEP Supervisor Orientation (pptx)
  5. SYEP Supervisor Handbook (pdf)

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For more info, contact:  
Anthony Chuukwu, Executive Director  
Phone: 202-667-3719: 202-750-7832 – Fax: 202-667-0554: