EXTEND THE SYEP DEADLINE FOR 30 DAYS TO GET OUR YOUTH HIRED & TO REDUCE CRIME
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SYEP EXTENSION TO STOP THE VIOLENCE EMERGENCY DECLARATION RESOLUTION OF 2018
Violence in the District has gone up over 50% since this time last year. That's absurd.
We must come up with solutions to get our youth off the streets and into something constructive. We know there's no cookie-cutter approach to preventing violence, but a lack of jobs plays a big part.
That's why I drafted an ANC resolution to extend the SYEP deadline that I hope you will support.
As you know, SYEP is a big jobs program in the city, but the deadline ended back in February. Granted, the enrollment period was open for a whole month, but given the District's current crime wave, city leaders need to extend the SYEP deadline until the end of June. This will allow the government, non-profits, churches, community groups, and you to reach our at-risk youth who haven't enrolled yet and sign them sign up quickly.
I'm not saying I know all the answers, just saying I know a few youth who need summer jobs and didn't enroll on time for whatever reason -- so I can only imagine the number of youth who didn't sign up that I don't know.
We can't sit back and let this be a bloody summer, because too many lives have already been lost and summer hasn't even started yet.
Who am I? I'm an ANC Commissioner in Congress Heights, and I put the full text of the resolution below which has more detail.
It's my hope that with your signature of support, we can show the Mayor and the Council that we need to get more at-risk youth into SYEP on an emergency basis.
I know jobs don't solve everything, but they play a big part because, an idle mind is the devil's playground.
Here's the rest of the petition since I couldn't get it to upload:
A PROPOSED RESOLUTION
IN ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMISSION 8C01 OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
To recognize the existence of an emergency to ensure that the District of Columbia’s neighborhoods are safer for all residents by extending the deadline for summer employment opportunities as a means to reduce crime in higher crime areas.
RESOLVED BY ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 8CO1 OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, that this resolution may be cited as the “SYEP DEADLINE EXTENSION TO STOP THE VOILENCE EMERGENCY DECLARATION RESOLUTION OF 2018”.
Sec. 2. WHEREAS, There exists an immediate need to ensure the safety of all District
of Columbia residents because there has been a surge in violent crime across the District of Columbia in the past few weeks.
WHEREAS, In the past week alone, there were over 10 shootings, and over a 50% increase year-to-date in homicides.
WHEREAS, There is no blanket solution to prevent crime, but among other factors, lack of employment opportunities has a direct correlation to crime rates.
WHEREAS, The Mayor Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (“MBSYEP’) is a locally funded initiative sponsored by DOES that provides District youth ages 14 to 24 with enriching and constructive summer work experiences through subsidized placements in the private and government sectors.
WHEREAS, the SYEP enrollment opened period opened on January 26, 2018 and closed on February 24, 2018; and the program begins on June 25, 2018 and ends on August 3, 2018.
WHEREAS, The Executive Office of the Mayor (“EOM”) shall extend the MBSYEP enrollment period for 30 days to capture at-risk youth who have not yet enrolled.
WHEREAS, The EOM shall expedite the DOES enrollment process to accommodate the influx of new MBSYEP applications.
WHEREAS, The EOM shall direct recipients of the recent $800,000 Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and Safer Stronger DC community-based grants for violence interruption to find and connect at-risk youth under the extended MBSYEP deadline.
WHEREAS, The Office of the Attorney General shall connect at-risk youth to MBSYEP with the recent $360,000 budget allocation for violence prevention.
WHEREAS, If the above-mentioned funds are insufficient, that funds from the $30 million in the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities budget shall be reprogrammed immediately to make funds sufficient.
WHEREAS, This solution will not prevent all crime in the District of Columbia, but if it saves even one life then it was worth it.
Sec. 3. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8CO1 of the District of Columbia finds that the circumstances enumerated in section 2 constitute emergency circumstances making it necessary to enact the above-mentioned measures.
Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
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