DC Says 20,000 Youth Begin Summer Jobs

2:35 PM, Jun 28, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- This is an election year and by all accounts the pressure is on for the Fenty administration to get this year's summer jobs program off and running smoothly.

City officials believe they did that Monday. Joe Walsh, director of the mayor's Summer Jobs program, says 20,000 young people began summer work without a hitch.  

Walsh says, for various reasons, another 800 had to be rerouted to the campus of Gallaudet University in Northeast for new worksite assignments.

9NEWS NOW talked with numerous young people as they left the campus. Most said they were being paid for the day with instructions to go home and await an email telling them were to report later in the week.

There was one serious glitch to the start of the Summer Jobs program. 9NEWS NOW learned that three nineteen-year-olds have been terminated. Sources say they reported for summer work as clerks at RFK stadium where the DC Schools construction offices are housed.  Some knives were confiscated from the youth, and staff employees reported their iPhones missing or stolen.  DC police have been called in to investigate.

Written by Bruce Johnson
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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