Today, my colleagues approved an amendment I put forward to the Summer Youth Employment Program. This is one of our largest employment programs, and it employs thousands of teenagers every summer. My amendment requires the Department of Employment Services (DOES) to produce, and publish, basic information on program participants, most importantly on their employment following the end of the program. Additionally, it encourages DOES to work with the Council to create a more rigorous evaluation of the summer youth program for next year.
These changes are important transparency and accountability measures. We need to understand how the program's working, and if it leads to meaningful employment outcomes. This data will help us make better decisions about the program in future years. You can read the amendment here.
It's been a week or two (maybe even three, ack!) since my last update, so I wanted to focus on three major areas for you devoted readers: my office's efforts making our current housing policy work better so our neighborhoods remain economically diverse and inclusive; making next year's budget a roadmap for increased housing and economic opportunity for all residents; and explaining a difficult decision for me on a contract that has been in the news.
And let me just say that as we all get more and more incensed about the Republican efforts in Congress to spend their time supposedly serving their constituents by limiting our expressed desire to expand human rights, equality, and justice in our own community, it just makes me push even stronger and harder for these goals.