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Do You Know How to Use Your Debit Card?


This year the summer youth program coordinators took a new approach with paying summer youth. Every two weeks, youth will receive their earnings on debit cards. Using debit cards allows the youth the opportunity to spend money in more places. What is a debit card? A debit card provides an alternative payment method to cash when making purchases. Some people refer to debit cards as check cards because they work the same as checks. The money is withdrawn directly from the bank account.

How do you use a debit card? A debit card is used inside businesses or at an atm. Debit cards can be used with a PIN number or can also be used with only a signature while making purchases. Debit cards can be used typically in the same businesses that accept credit cards. When using your debit card while making purchases, present your card to a qualified merchant or provider. They will swipe your card to pay for your belongings.  Debit cards have become extremely important and convenient.  They cut down on spending extra time at ATM’s or writing checks.

Using a debit card requires one to be responsible and to keep track of how much money has been spent. It is important that you check your account to be aware of how much money has been spent and how much is remaining in your account.  It is also a good idea to write down each transaction so that you have a written record of your purchases.  Also, pay close attention when your card is being swiped so you can be sure that you are not overcharged.

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–Dajah Blackwell


The Importance of Time Management

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has decided to branch out and take part in helping better prepare the future of D.C.’s youth through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) ’09. The program allows about 83 different divisions of DCRA/in the building. These youth employees are gaining and hoping to gain more knowledge about the important skills needed in the workforce. This includes good customer service, organization, computer, and time management skills. Time management is definitely one of the most important skills to have.

Many of the youth have discovered how important time management skills are through the program already. Balancing your time, being aware of the time, and not procrastinating are all apart of good time management. Some employees still have not gotten used to waking up this early to work, but still understand that it will pay off later on. They also realize time equals money, and being punctual will give/get them the pay.

Youth employees Whitley Lucio, Jasmine Williams, and Bryan Cyrus find that since the time is not too different from the start of the school day, waking up for work is not a hassle. Even though it is summer break, they attempt to come on time with positive attitudes every day. On the other hand, some like Nicole Claybrooks, Daeshanae Woodward, and Danielle Chappelle feel like it is a stress to get up in the mornings during what is supposed to be a vacation, but know they still must come to work maintaining good work ethics and manners.

Overall , the youth employees will learn throughout the program that time management is just one of the many essential skills needed in the working world. We all learn everyday that when we are late to work, not only does it lower our pay but also can harm our reputation as a good employee. Time management and organization are two of the key skills needed to portray yourself as a good employee. If you keep those in tact, the rest should just come easily.

DCRA Summer Youth Program Kicks Off!

(L-R) Dajah Blackwell, Lesley Thomas, Darion Parker, Willis Bradwell, Van Crawford

(L-R) Dajah Blackwell, Lesley Thomas, Darion Parker, Willis Bradwell, Van Crawford

Welcome to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ new blog centered all around the 2009 District Summer Youth Employment Program.  Here at Building Blocks, we hope to chronicle all of the events and happenings at DCRA as 83  of the city’s finest  young people gain some of the skills necessary to prepare them for the working world.

I am very excited about the team here at Building Blocks.  I’m sure  you too will be amazed by some of the great writing, photography, videography and graphics that they will showcase.  Our very own Darion Parker designed the header that you see at the top of your screen and I’m looking forward to seeing what other designs he can come up with! 

Over the coming days, you’ll get to meet the writers here at Building Blocks as they publish their first stories to let  you know how the first week is shaping up.  So, add us to your blogrolls, make us one of your favorites in your bookmarks and check back here often!  You won’t want to miss a thing!

Shana Kemp
Coordinator, DCRA SYEP ’09 Communications Division