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Workforce Development/Vocational Training

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia issues a Directory for Youth and Family Services. The following referrals are from the directory’s December 2012 edition.

The DC Department of Employment Services
Office of Youth Programs
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE
Washington, DC  20019
(202) 698-3991

The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) provides workforce development youth ages 14-21. Programs include the Out of School Program for youth ages 16-24 who are out of school and need assistance obtaining and securing a marketable skill.  In addition the program offers employability workshops, GED preparation, and vocational skill training. The goal of the program is for participants to gain entry level employment in construction trades, hospitality, and emergency medicine.

DOES also provide an In- school Program for youth ages 14-18 in grades 9-13. Academic enrichment, work-readiness, leadership development and life skills training are provided to improve students’ capacity to transition from high school to independence. Please call to get information regarding eligibility.

Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy
2001 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC  20003

The Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy serves males and females ages 16-19 who have dropped out of high school. The Academy offers a 22-week residential program in northern Maryland and follows youth in the community for a year to ensure that they are successful in meeting goals in their 12-month Post Residential Action Plan. The program provides academic enrichment, GED preparation, character building and leadership development, job skills training, and physical fitness training. The Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy is administered by DC National Guardsman and private contract educators. Graduates are equipped to join the workforce, the military or continue their education. There is no obligation to enlist in the military. The program is free. Please call to get information regarding eligibility.   

Job Corps
1223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC  20003
(202) 399-8590

Job Corps offers youth ages 16-24 residential and non-residential vocational training and education programs. Applicants must be in good physical and mental health, and have no pending court matters. Job Core offers medical care, occupational counseling, drug prevention counseling, recreational and cultural events. Students spend half their time in vocational training and half time in basic education and GED preparation. In addition, they receive stipends between $20.00- $40.00 per month for incidental spending, plus a clothing allowance during the first year. Job Corps curriculum generally lasts two years. Please call to get information regarding eligibility.

Workforce Investment and Social Enterprise
3500 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20010
(202) 319-0144

Workforce Investment and Social Enterprise offers youth ages 16-24 job readiness and GED preparation. Students spend half of the day receiving job readiness courses and half the day with GED preparation.  Students receive $100.00 weekly stipend and follow-up on placement assistance. Please call to get information regarding eligibility.

Urban Ed
2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
Washington, DC  20020
(202) 610-2344

Provides education, information and skill development to low-income youth ages 15-23. Advance technology and professional skills training and A+ certification on computer technology. Mentors youth to appreciate the importance of an education while developing technical and business proficiencies. Please call to get information regarding eligibility.

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