Posts tagged ‘Paycheck’

SYEP Pay Day!

My team and I went around asking the other summer youth some questions to find out about their pay. Did they have issues? Are they saving? Did they spend it all? Plans for the future? Heres a small video showing what we found out!


Paycheck Eve

Want Some Cash?
Well, you’ve toiled and sweat and toiled some more…okay, not really, but you’ve been employed for a few weeks and what do you get from a job after you’ve worked for a period of time?! That’s right, a paycheck.  Tomorrow, July 21st, summer  youth employment program workers will be rolling in the dough…okay, you won’t really be rolling in the dough, but close.

Your paychecks will be for the first two weeks that you worked, June 28 – July 10.  Remember, the money will be electronically added to the Visa debit cards that were mailed to you either before the program began or right after you started working.  If you have any problems (forgot your PIN number, lost the card, etc.) when you get ready to use your card, contact ADP/Visa directly at 1-877-237-4321.  If you believe that the amount of your paycheck is incorrect, contact Ms. Kristina Swann or Ms. Tania Williams and they’ll look into it.

Otherwise, spend wisely and try to put a little something aside for a rainy day! Your savings can really add up over time, so even $25 stashed away from every paycheck can make a huge difference!

Remaining Pay Dates

Payroll Calendar Pay Period               Pay Date
July 11th through  July 24th                   Wednesday, August 4th
July 25th through August 7th                Wednesday, August 18th
August 8th through August 17th           Wednesday, September 1st

Weekend Fun in The City: Movies

The weekend is here!! Woohoo!! It’s time for fun and play and today I’m going to try and give you the run down of things that you could possibly do to make your weekend a fun and joyous time.

Movies, food, and just regular old fun! These are things we do to make our time pass without that feeling that you’re not just sitting around wasting time. This year has provided a nice substantial amount of movies of just about every genre available to us.

If the picture doesn’t tell you what this is, then you certainly didn’t have a childhood. Toy Story 3 is a must see movie and in my opinion the movie that highlights the year of 2010. It’s the last installment of the Trilogy that most people from my generation grew up on and it’s absolutely beautiful. There is no other words to describe this fantastic movie. It’s for any one and all ages, so check it out and enjoy! Kudos to Pixar!

Despicable Me was not what I was expecting, it was better. I saw this film last weekend with my friends and I loved it. It’s funny, has a good story, and it keeps you focused on it. It’s about a Super villain whose dream is to steal the moon, but he comes across the problem of three young orphans, who he takes care of. The transitions the character goes through are very family oriented. It’s fun and adorable!

Calling all Avatar fans! Do Not See This Movie… unless of course your stuck into taking your younger family member to see it. I am a Die Hard Avatar fan and I have to say this movie was a very big disappointment. Too many things were not correct as far as story and characters. The movie was 2 hours of very bad acting and even worse character/person matching. Don’t worry, the movie will not blind you, but for anyone whose never seen the animated series, it sets the wrong example. Good graphics however.

So, my first impression of this film was that it was another movie that looked great in the trailers, looked like it was hilarious, and did a great job. I’m surprised to say that that was exactly the case. Grown Ups was knee slapper quality, and if you do not know what that means, it means “Laugh so hard you can’t stay still and slap your knees.” Great combination of actors and a story that wasn’t all too predictable. This is a great comedy to check out and if your up for a nice laugh, you should go to your nearest movie theater and see it!

If your into action, then this is your movie. The next installment in the Predators series is out and it’s just like it was in the beginning; Humans running and big, bulky, aliens chasing them down for laffs and giggles. It’s the typical Predator film and it’s everything you expect from it. Guns, blades, and blood is the theme for this movie. Keep the kids at home (and if you are a kid, go beg your older sibling) and see this movie, it will get you nice and worked up.

This is a brand new movie staring Leonardo DiCaprio and it’s big! Inception is supposedly said to be Star Wars meets the Matrix, or something along those line. It’s been long awaited and I’m pretty sure today, on it’s debut, fan girls will be running to see this film. It looks very interesting and so far, DiCaprio hasn’t disappointed me in any of his newer films. If your up for a good looking, stay-on-your-feet thriller, then this is your ticket, or I hope it is, cause I will be seeing it today!

So these are the movie highlights of the weekend. Take a look and go see these films, then come back and tell us what you thought. Maybe I was too harsh or too lenient? Who knows, so come and discuss!

–Jason Barnes

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

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!

School vs. Work

During the summer, many students choose to get a job. A summer job, in

Van Crawford

Van Crawford

some ways, can be much better than time spent otherwise at school.  But, for some it can just remind them of how much they miss school. The youth at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) have been debating on which they prefer.

Jason Barnes says he’d rather wake up in the morning and go to work as opposed to going to school. He says that work is more of a drama-free environment that allows him to concentrate on the tasks before him, without having to worry about distractions. Because Jason goes to a school which doesn’t end until late in the afternoon, he says that this leaves him tired; which ultimately makes work his choice of preference. Summer youth Anna Marie thinks differently. She much rather prefers being at school. She thinks that school keeps her more engaged. She also thinks that at school she can have more of a laid back attitude about things; whereas at work you must have more of a professional and stern way of thinking. There will always be others, such as Ahmed Brown, who has an in-between feeling on which he feels keeps him more active. He cannot decide what he’s more pleased to wake up and start his day doing. Ahmed enjoys school and work both the same. He feels that they both equally keep him busy, although if he had to choose he would probably choose school because of the level of friendships he has there.

The general analysis of choice around the office can definitely not be determined. Most kids constantly crave for summer during the entire nine months of the school year. But, in most cases, unless a child is doing something that they absolutely love during the summer, they will be anxious to go back to school. A summer job for some youth is most certainly something that takes getting used to. But, for most, anything will always be better than waking up every morning and going to school.

–Van Crawford

Benefits of Bringing Your Lunch

Fruit is always a great item to include in a bagged lunch.
Fruit is always a great item to include in a bagged lunch.

Some people enjoy bringing $10 or so every single day to pick up, order, or take out a lunch. Partially because the food is good, or maybe they’re just too lazy to make their own lunch at home.  As growing teens and young adults, our bodies deserve a nutritional meal more often.  It isn’t like you have to make a Caesar salad with light dressing and gourmet croutons early in the morning, but there are surely alternatives to the meals we limit ourselves to.

So, what is a good lunch to bring to work? Well, there are plenty of yummy, healthier options that can easily be made right at home. Take, for example, the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  You can use different types of flavors and breads, or you could make a nice deli sandwich or sub; just meat, lettuce, bread, and whichever cheeses and spreads you would prefer. You can also make salads, leftover dinners, or even bring in a frozen entree.

Grocery stores and supermarkets are filled with options. It just depends on how creative and involved you want to become when making your lunch. Youth employee Sardera Thorne says that she usually brings in leftovers that she cooks herself.  When asked what her ideal lunch would be, she said, “Soup.” Everyone has their own preferences.  Jazmine Singletary, another youth employee, likes both going out to eat and bringing in a lunch. When she has brought them in, she says she eats “frozen dinners and what her mother makes,” but she really prefers going out to buy lunch during the day. Her ideal meal would be chicken.

Looking at it from another prospective, my mother, DCRA Employee Cheryl Randall-Thomas, says she “prefers bringing in lunch because I don’t like how much it ends up costing,” which makes a lot of sense in today’s economy. She stated that “When you bring lunch, you know exactly what you’re eating (wholesome, not greasy, good amounts of food, etc.)” Her ideal lunch would be soup and salad, and she usually makes the lunch herself. Mrs. Randall-Thomas believes it is better to bring in a lunch from home because she has noticed that you can get more out of bought groceries over a week’s span than one day’s meal however, she still enjoys a hot prepared meal every once in a while.  Another Summer Youth employee, Jeremy Bennett, says that he usually goes out to eat somewhere everyday. His ideal lunch would be Chinese food. “As far as finances go, it would be better to bring lunch,” Bennett says about whether or not bringing in lunch is better than buying a lunch. It all just depends on how you are feeling a particular day, or even how your personal finances are measuring up.

Also, choose foods that won’t drag your day down or stuff you. It’s better to eat a single heave or main item with snacks on the side than a few heavy items or all snacks. There are also plenty of options for drinks to bring – sodas, juice, coffee, etc. After asking the opinions of some of the other summer youth employees, it seemed as if bringing lunch is the best way to go. Once you realize how much better bringing in lunch is, you’ll begin thinking of more meal ideas, and someone else may even envy your lunch!

Lesley Thomas