Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 21, 2013
Recently, the Department of General Services (DGS) gathered to salute their Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) interns for their great work and dedication. The SYEP interns started their summer internship at DGS on July 1st and worked till August 8th. The Summer Youth Employment Program is all about connecting youth with job opportunities within the District. DGS has proudly been partnering with SYEP since our creation in October 2011.
This year youth had the opportunity to be gain work experience and improve their professional etiquette working side by side with DGS management and through a special program offered by our partners this summer at ARS Consulting. Summer interns attended a diverse set of workshops and group sessions that were designed to help them grow professionally as well as personally. The interns spoke about the wonderful time they had during the STEM Career Day Challenge, which focused on exposing youth to the vast possibilities within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Some interns also spoke about the mental transformation they had working their first job, how it was very different from what they had expected, but that they made the proper adjustments to become a professional as well as a contributing asset to their team.
While this was a day to celebrate the youth, we also wanted to give special thanks to all of their supervisors for the hard work that goes into running an internship program while also fulfilling their own work responsibilities. Three DGS supervisors received “Special Recognition” awards for their special dedication to their summer youth and their professional development. These supervisors are as follows:
Special Recognition Award Recipients
Many of the interns also received awards for their work performance, professional development, and excelling at group challenges throughout the course of the summer. These awards and recipients are as follows:
Outstanding Job Dedication Recipients
Outstanding Initiative Recipients
Most Improved Youth Employee Recipients
Most Committed Youth Employee Recipients
STEM Career Day Challenge Award Recipients
1st Place: Donnel Mann
2nd Place: Eric Mack
3rd Place: Marion Washington
Lastly, interns were invited to apply for fall internships being offered by Logistics Systems Incorporated, Metro Data Networks, LLC and First Financial Group. Each internship opportunity would offer interns continued professional development, personal growth and a stipend.
DGS is thankful for our interns this summer and SYEP program that affords DC youth the opportunity to develop not only professionally but personally into young adults prepared for their first full-time job. It is through programs like SYEP that the next generation of leaders and decision makers will be developed for the District and the world over.