WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- The DC Council is taking a tougher oversight role to prevent the Summer Youth Employment Program from sinking.
A committee chaired by Councilmember Michael Brown held a public oversight round table at city hall.
The concerns center around registration, certification, pay dates and work assignments.
City leaders want to make sure the summer job program is ready to operate efficiently by June 28. That's the first day of summer work for most young people certified in the program.
The goal is to restore positive, "real world" work experience for the youth in DC.
"It's about how to shake hands appropriately, how to raise your self-esteem, how to understand office etiquette, getting to work on time, and that's part of the foundation we are trying to build with our young people with this program. And when you are dealing with 21,000 people, that's hard to do, that's why tighter oversight is needed," said Councilmember Michael Brown.
The founder of the Summer Youth Employment Program, Councilmember Marion Barry, also expressed his disappointment towards the lack of leadership.
"I think we need to get back to quality programming. We can be proud of it, and young people can have meaningful work," Barry told 9NEWS NOW.
Another public oversight round table is being planned on a Saturday so young people can attend without missing work.
Written by Alex Trevino
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