Summer Youth Employment Program 2023 for Mayor Marion Barry

Summer Youth Employment Program 2023 for Mayor Marion Barry. The Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Adolescents Employment Program (MBSYEP), which is run by the DC Department of Employment Services, offers District youth ages 14 to 24 an enriching summer employment experience through subsidized placements in the public and private sectors.


MBSYEP will provide 10,000 young people with workforce development services in its 44th year. The MBSYEP 2023 runs from June 26, 2023, through August 4, 2023.



An interesting and interactive summer is what participants and their families can anticipate. Youth will be compensated in accordance with how well they perform at their designated worksite.



Career Edge Education:

The Career EDGE content consists of a series of life skills and professional development modules designed to enhance confidence and improve employability of graduates. Modules can be easily incorporated into student success and career development courses, or integrated into core curriculum
throughout the job seeker or student life-cycle. Career EDGE follows a read, listen, watch, apply format.

In-Person: This year all worksites will be in-person unless otherwise communicated by program. Please be prepared to report to work in-person.


MBSYEP is working with the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) to secure equipment and internet access for youth who are in need.

Financially FITDC

Financial Literacy: In partnership with the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) Young Money Managers Program, youth will receive virtual financial literacy coaching. Participation in virtual budget workshops will educate youth on becoming financially educated. Through the program, youth will learn the fundamentals of budgeting and other key financial literacy skills.

Financial Industry Internships: Partnerships with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the National Credit Union Administration provide youth with the opportunity to gain skills in the financial services sector of the federal government. Federal partners have created a virtual platform that will allow youth to work
from home.


Pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities, in partnership with the DOES Office of Apprenticeship Information and Training, allow youth to explore careers in: Hospitality and Tourism, Construction, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare.

Project Learning
Phased programming consisting of workforce development, mental health awareness training, financial literacy and a capstone community civic engagement project allow youth to gain experience working in teams to complete virtual projects.

Business Development
In partnership with the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), youth will learn from small business owners and business development professionals on topics to include business plans, branding, social media content, permits, budgeting and professional development.

This Capstone Project will conclude with youth preparing a business plan presentation that reflects the skills gained in one or more of these areas:

  • Virtual IT Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Office Suite Certifications
  • Gaming & Coding Classes
  • Hospitality
  • Construction – CPT Technician
  • Law/Public Safety

Enhanced Summer Learning
School-aged youth will have access to literacy tutors and will participate in budget workshops. Tutors will
provider refreshers on curriculum from the current school year to bridge the gap between distance and inclassroom learning and help prepare youth for the next grade level.

The Mayor Marion S. Barry’s Summer Youth Employment Program 2023 MBSYEP application is now open.

New applicants click here to apply!

Youth Portal login, click here.

For a full list of our 2023 MBSYEP Certification events, click here. Please be advised certification events are by invitation only. You will receive an invitation to certification after completing your 2023 MBSYEP application.

Important Documents

2023 MBSYEP Overview
2023 MBSYEP Parent Consent Form
2023 MBSYEP Participant Consent
MBSYEP Online Orientation Guide
2023 MBSYEP Eligibility Document Checklist
2023 MBSYEP Youth and Parent Information Packet
2023 MBSYEP Eligibility Document – Spanish 
2023 MBSYEP Parent Consent Form – Spanish
2023 MBSYEP Participant Consent Form – Spanish
2023 MBSYEP Youth and Parent Information Packet – Spanish



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