Learning How Government Works

Just like any other workforce, DCRA has prepared mandatory weekly meetings  for the summer youth employees. In these meetings we will learn the skills that are needed in the professional world.  Our first session was entitled “Understanding Government Structure and Operations”.

We heard  from guest speakers Paul Waters from the Enforcement of Legislative Reviews and Eric Rodgers, manager of the enforcement division.  Both Waters and Rodgers talked about their passions for government and what it took to get them where they are today 

“Ive been working in the government for ten years.  Im bascially the guy with the heavy hand who says, ‘hey you me money’,” says Rodgers. 

Meanwhile, Mr. Waters had this to say, “I’ve been working with government for 25 years and in order for you to really enjoy this job, it has to really be something you enjoy doing.”

Eric Rodgers

Paul Waters

Summer Youth

Spotlight On: Jeremy Bennett

Here at DCRA’s Summer Youth Program we have a lot of good workers, so we decided to show off one in particular! His name is Jeremy Bennett and this is his second year working with us. In this interview we are asking questions about how he’s spent his time here and what has changed from this year to last year. Enjoy!

Abatement Team Hard at Work!

DC ‘s summer youth program has been working in different departments developing  much needed work skills. The Abatement team has been going around cleaning up different neighborhoods giving help to the elderly.

More Clean up!

Cleaning up old grass and weeds!

These guys are hard at work!

Lending a helping hand!

Take Me Seriously!

If you have any questions about what’s appropriate to wear to work, look no further!  DCRA staff and fresh on the job summer youth employees joined forces to give you an idea in a fashion show extravaganza.  Some DCRA staff truly stepped out of their normal element and for that, we thank them.  Enjoy!

Professional Development: Week 3

Professional Development

Hello! Welcome back to another week of fun and excitement at DCRA.  As program coordinators Ms. Kristina Swann and Ms. Tania Williams informed you the first week, we’ll have a host of professional development sessions for you to participate in this summer.

This week, there are two sessions, but only one is mandatory.  If  you haven’t touched base with your supervisor or coordinator to let them know which sessions you’d like to attend, or if you’d like to make a change do so as quickly as possible.  This week’s sessions are:

Mandatory
Understanding Government Structure and Operations

9:15am to 10:30am, 2nd Floor Hearing Room
Wednesday, July 14th

DCRA Executive Panel Discussion
10:30am to 12:00pm, 4th Floor Emergency Operations Center
Friday, July 16th

Two Weeks In!

Leah Britton

Hi! My name is Leah Britton. Today, my colleague and I, Jason Barnes, interviewed some of the 2010 Summer Youth Employees. On our adventure, we came across a lot of different people, but one that stood out to us the most was a veteran DCRA Summer Youth  employee in the Zoning/Structual department, he looked like he was  really having a blast and he was.

Because of the major differences and changes that were made, like the new building and the new way things were being managed, he told us that he was enjoying working this year a whole lot more than last year. After leaving there we made our way to the Office of Information Systems to find more summer youth workers. After a bit of looking  and searching around we managed to find a group of workers. Their ages ranged from 14 to 20.  One thing they all agreed on was that  they all enjoyed their jobs. They loved  the work they were  being  given  and the lessons that they were being taught while having fun.

– Leah Britton

Communications Division

On the second day of the DCRA Summer Youth Employment Program we asked 21 year old Andrea Plowden a couple of questions about her second day of work. She attends Ballou High School. She plans to go to college in the fall. We asked her what she plans to do with the money she’ll earn this summer and she said that she plans on saving it. We also asked her what her expectation was from doing this job for the summer. Andrea told us she wanted to earn a permanent job.

I ran into 16 year-old Jabriel Imgram who is also really excited about the job. Jabriel seems to be a bright young man. This coming school year, he will be a junior at Coolidge Senior High School. He wants his resume to stand out more so that’s why he decided to work in the DCRA office building. So, when its time to find a job he will already have that type of experience. With the money he makes here, he wants to go shopping, help pay bills and most of all he wants to get tattoos.

– Demetria Lunsford

Demetria Lunsford