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Since Mayor Vince Gray‘s inauguration, his administration has been slow to start in more than a few areas. But, it’s moved rather quickly in others—such as tacking Gray’s campaign slogan, “One City,” onto just about everything.
The latest to receive a prefix is the Summer Youth Employment Program, which is now, predictably, the One City Summer Youth Employment Program. The acronym remains SYEP, which may be a nod to the fact that “One City Summer Youth Employment Program” is far too clunky for regular use. As is, presumably, OCSYEP.
There are, according to a press release from the mayor’s office, “important enhancements” being made for the program’s 2011 iteration (that aren’t just nomenclature-related). The program will be smaller; the reduced size will likely be aided by the fact that participants are required to apply, not simply sign up, and prospective employers can interview and choose who will be working for them. There will be two prongs of training: “Work Experience” will give kids hands-on experience, and “Work Readiness” will teach basic skill training. There will be orientations galore, both online and in-person. And, of course, it’s promised that the program will be more transparent than ever.
Presumably, all of the above truly warrants the affixation of “One City” to “Summer Youth Employment Program.” Also presumably, all of the above will eliminate the slew of troubles that SYEP encountered in 2010, which were well-documented by Washington City Paper‘s Jason Cherkis.