health care,
education and
social services

health care,
education  and
social services

Youths gain skills and confidence through summer jobs

School is in full swing now, but participants in Mary’s Center’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) are still savoring the memories of their work experience this summer. More than 100 of our young people took part in the SYEP. They were very productive during their six- week session, making a sterling contribution to Mary’s Center and the other organizations where they were assigned. Here are some examples:

Diana filmed providers (including her own pediatrician Dr. Jessica Schroeder, shown above) and program staff, highlighting the many services Mary’s Center offers and the expertise of our team.  She also helped promote the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, released in July by the DC Healthy Communities Collaborative, a coalition Mary's Center is part of. Diana believes the internship helped prepare her for her future career in Communications.


Hermann did an excellent job of helping our participants to download the Mary’s Center mobile app and distributing postcards to promote our new site at Fort Totten in Northeast DC. He also promoted the family literacy programs offered by our educational partner, Briya Public Charter School. He learned that he is a "people person" and that he thrives on interacting with the public. Hermann, a Mary’s Center Teen Program graduate who won the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship in 2015, has now started his sophomore year at Penn State University.



Yabsira learned about accounting and human resources while doing data entry for those departments at the AFL-CIO. In the summer of 2015 he was privileged to intern with Mary’s Center President and CEO Maria Gomez.





Herani learned a lot from her internship at the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), a resource for start-ups. She found out what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Herani worked on a research project to create a list of potential board members to represent GEN in other countries. She concentrated on Brazil and gained many insights about that country’s economy.




Kidest worked with Bread for the City’s agricultural team, weeding their orchard in Maryland, supervising orchard volunteers, and harvesting and packing fruits and vegetables for distribution to low-income DC residents. Kidest also learned how to do stencils and drew portraits of staff and volunteers at Bread for the City. 

Photo credit: Kidest's photo is by Robel Aklit.



We are very grateful to our partners Brave Heart Entrepreneurship Academy, the DC Department of Employment Services (Office of Youth Services), the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs and the Latino Student Fund for supporting this important program. We also thank all the organizations that employed our students and allowed them to earn valuable work experience.

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