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Mayor Marion S. Barry, Jr. Summer Youth Employment Program

Mayor Marion S. Barry’s
Summer Youth Employment Program
Frequently Asked Questions

What are the MBSYEP Dates?

MBSYEP will start on Monday, June 28, 2021 - Friday, August 6, 2021.

When did the 2021 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) application open?

The 2021 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program application opened on Friday, January 29, 2021.

When was the deadline to apply to participate in MBSYEP 2021?

The deadline to apply is Saturday, March 6, 2021.

When was the last day to complete the document certification process?

The last date to provide certification documents to complete your registration is Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 11:59 PM. Due to COVID-19, participants will be invited to Virtual certification to submit their certification documents online.

What if I do not have an email account?

All applicants must have an established email account, owned solely by them, to receive all correspondence regarding the 2021 MBSYEP. Emailed updates will include: the application status, information regarding your assigned worksite, instructions for selecting a method to receive your stipend and/or paycheck, general program information and updates. In some cases, you will also receive items through traditional mail. If you do not have a personal email address, please visit one of the following links below to get a free email address before registering.
iCloud Mail
GMX Mail
Mozilla Thunderbird
Yandex Mail

What is the MBSYEP Virtual Program?

Due to COVID-19, MBSYEP will transition to an online platform. Youth will be able to complete modules via Career Edge or an approved host platform.

What is the MBSYEP Hybrid Program?

Youth can experience a combination of virtual and in-person participation with their supervisors on a rotation.

Will there be in-person Orientations?

No, due to COVID-19, all orientations will be completed online through Career Edge.
I am unable to log-in to the youth portal, what should I do?
If you have forgotten the email address you used to register with the SYEP program, please contact the Office of Youth Programs at (202) 698-3492. If you have forgotten your password, please click forgot password and follow the directions on the screen.

I need to change my address?

Please update your address by calling the Office of Youth Programs at (202) 698-3492. Your address will only be changed once OYP is in receipt of the proper residency documentation. Please see the website for the list of acceptable forms of documentation to complete an address change at

When is the first pay date for MBSYEP 2021?

Pay Period Start Pay Period End Date Pay Date
6/28/2021 7/03/2021 7/14/2021
7/04/2021 7/17/2021 7/28/2021
7/18/2021 7/31/2021 8/11/2021
8/01/2021 8/06/2021 8/18/2021


Will I be paid for the Holiday, July 4, 2021?

Participants will not be paid for the 4th of July holiday which will be observed on Monday July 5, 2021. Youth are not permitted to make up hours for this day and should expect their maximum allowed hours to be reduced by one (1) day this week.

How many hours will I be permitted to work?

Youth ages 14-15 are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Youth ages 16-21 are allowed to work up to 25 hours per week. Youth ages 22-24 are allowed to work up to 30 hours per week.

What is my rate of pay and will taxes be taken from any gross income?

All youth must pay taxes on their MBSYEP earnings. Youth ages 14-15 earn $6.25. Youth ages 16-21 earn $9.00. Youth ages 22-24- $15.00 (their maximum allowed hours to be reduced by one (1) day this week).

When will I receive my US Bank Focus Card?

Participants will be required to utilize to their US Bank Focus card from last year. If a participant is not in possession of the US Bank card from 2020, he/she will be required to order a replacement US Bank Focus Card for a fee of $5. A fee of $20 will be charged to expedite the card- within 3 days. An additional fee of $20 will be charged to expedite the card overnight. Fees will be automatically deducted from the card balance. US Bank can be reached at 1-877-474-0010 their maximum allowed hours to be reduced by one (1) day this week.

What should I do, if I do not have a job site?

All job sites will be emailed to the youth participants and are accessible via your youth portal. If you have not received your job assignment, please check your youth portal for your eligibility status or call the Office of Youth Programs at (202)698-3492.