The District of Columbia Housing Authority is employing 130 young people this summer in three different programs that provide job experience and life skills.
The first program was created by DCHA’s Office of the Executive Director. It is a special educational opportunity for committed law and graduate students in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who are interested in public policy and affordable housing. The goal of the program is to expose students to both DCHA and the field of affordable housing.
This summer, three Affordable Housing Policy Interns help to fill a gap in DCHA’s workforce and strengthen the agency’s ability to more effectively implement transformational programs and initiatives that are supported by policy, research, and data analytics. The three students, from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, Howard University School of Law, and Creighton University School of Law, began in June 2021 and will end their internship in August 2021.
In addition to DCHA’s three legal interns, the agency participates every year in the District’s Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, which began on June 28. About 50 District youth between the ages of 18 and 2 are working throughout the agency, including the Office of Capital Programs, Office of Customer Engagement and Office of Public Safety, among others, in both in-person and virtual situations.
While getting on-the-job training about various aspects of DCHA, these summer youth also participate in professional development trainings, including job readiness skills and a career day. They also will have some fun with team building activities and a scavenger hunt. The SYEP summer session ends August 6.
DCHA’s third youth employment program is the agency’s own Do Your Best (DYB) Summer Youth Employment Program, which is offered this summer to 78 youth between the ages of 14 and 18 who are DCHA customers. The DYB program is operating in a hybrid format, requiring all participants to complete the Virtual Job Shadow program and a selected few working in person. Virtual Job Shadow is an online pathway that bridges workforce realities directly to education, providing meaningful career exploration with powerful tools and proprietary videos to assist youth with effective career planning.
Older summer interns, ages 17 and 18, are offered in-person positions at one of our partner sites, such as Good Projects, Soul Programs, and D.C. College Savings Plan, among others. Some of these older DYB interns also work onsite at DCHA properties.
Also, each Friday is a development enrichment session for the youth. The sessions consist of leadership development, financial education, Microsoft application training, and career/college readiness. The DYB session also ends on August 6.