With just two weeks to go until the 2010 school year begins, several students protested outside the John Wilson building on Monday in an effort to get Mayor Adrian Fenty to find money to continue this year's D.C. summer jobs program.
The student-protesters said their summer jobs helped prepared them for life, taught them cooking skills, and about health.
|Student-protestors in front of the John A.Wilson Building want their summer jobs back. Photo/CD Brown.|
Fenty is up for re-election in the District's mayoral race this Fall and faces challenger, council member Vincent Gray.
Former D.C. mayor Marion Barry was instrumental in starting the District Youth’s Employment Act of 1979, an ambitious undertaking that guaranteed a summer job to D.C. youth regardless of their economic status.
In 2009 he fought to shorten the program to just six weeks in order to save the city money.
Looks like baseball stadiums and convention centers weren't included in those 'money saving' projects.