Justin Cole, 19, of Southeast walked into the Barry Farm Recreation Center looking for opportunities this summer. He walked out employed in the communications department of Safer Stronger D.C.

Cole was one of several young people to get hired on the spot at the Life Balance Summit at Barry Farm last month. Dozens more left with job interviews, potential job training, and information on resume building.

The summit, hosted by the mayor’s Safer Stronger D.C. initiative, featured several city departments and community organizations aimed at assisting young people on the paths to their careers.

Cole is a communications major at Shepherd University in West Virginia. He will soon be manning Safer Stronger D.C.'s social media and helping to spread the word about violence prevention.

“Events like the Barry Farm Event directly correlate with Mayor Bowser’s vision when she created Safer, Stronger DC. We strive to bring resources directly to our communities. We believe that if we can address the underlying factors of violence such as economic opportunities we will see overall decreases in crime,” said Marcus T. Ellis, director of Safer, Stronger D.C. Community Partnerships. “We look forward to a continued partnership with DCHA as we continue our collaborative efforts.”

A group of young men spoke to Department of Employment Services Career Connection representatives about their past work experience and future aspirations. One specialist arranged meetings with each person to set up a 30-month plan. One man had mechanical experience so he was paired up with D.C.’s special utilities training called the D.C. Quick Path to Energy Program.

D.C. Public Schools representatives told summit attendees about educational opportunities available to their entire family. They were registering individuals on site for a variety of programs. They also were touting D.C.’s completely free study abroad program for 8th and 11th graders.

Housing Opportunities Unlimited was on hand to answer Barry Farm redevelopment questions. And the Greater Southeast Family Collaborative also engaged those in attendance. 


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