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D.C. Summer Jobs Program Will Pay Teens to Take Classes as City Combats Learning Loss

Taylor Swaak, The 74 |

The new “earn-and-learn” program will be added to offerings from the city’s hallowed Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides paid jobs and career-building opportunities for about 10,000 14-to-24-year-olds annually, Deputy Mayor for Education Paul Kihn said.

Students selecting that option would have a blended day: Half spent on academics, half on acquiring job experience. Wages will start at $6.25 an hour — something officials hope will entice older students who may need the extra class time but rely on summer work to get a paycheck or beef up their resume.

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