New young faces have joined the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s staff for the summer.

DCHA’s Do Your B.E.S.T. (Building Excellence through Service and Training) and the city’s Summer Youth Employment Programs began on June 25 and brought 70 youth to work in and around DCHA and its communities.

Both programs provide meaningful summer jobs to youth living in DCHA properties as well as those who are a part of DCHA voucher programs. Do Your B.E.S.T. also extends its reach into the public sector, several of DCHA’s community partners have hired youth. Each year, DCHA works to secure more and more positions for our youth. in companies, non-profits, within and outside of DCHA’s portfolio

“Having a summer job is a great way for today’s young people to learn about responsibility, work ethics, and to gain first-hand experience in the job market while earning money,” said Larry Williams, director of the Office of Resident Services.

This year, DYB employees work at the Boys & Girls Clubhouse #6, Boys & Girls Clubhouse #14, C.H.I.L.D. Center (Creatively Helping Inspire Little Dreamers), Community Service Foundation, Office of Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Dawn to Dusk Child Development Center, Southeast Children’s Fund, and Sunshine Early Learning Center.

“These summer jobs expose them to different ways of life, different cultures, and how a variety of businesses operate,” said Ron Fisher, DYB program administrator. “They are more acclimated to the working world and therefore more prepared for a future position.”

Since 1997, through partnerships with more than 260 host sites in private and public sector agencies and organizations, the Do Your BEST program has employed over 1,300 youth. On average, there are between 60 to 70 students enrolled in the program each summer.

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