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Mayor Bowser Launches Summer Programs

Monday, February 22, 2016

(Washington, DC) – On Wednesday, February 24 at 4 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney R. Snowden will host a launch event for the 2016 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) as the application for enrollment goes live. This week Mayor Bowser will also launch registration for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) summer camps and District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) summer school with Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles. DPR summer camps and other summer activities can be viewed on a single, searchable map on The searchable map will continue to be updated with new opportunities and events throughout summer.

“As we continue to build pathways to the middle class for District youth, it’s important that we provide them with opportunities to learn, grow, and experience new interests,” said Mayor Bowser. “Between our summer camps and the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, we’re giving our youth and young adults in the District the platform they need to gain new skills and reach success."

MBSYEP is a locally funded initiative sponsored by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) that provides high-quality work experiences for DC residents ages 14-24 years old. The program provides subsidized placements in the private and government sectors. In 2015, Mayor Bowser expanded the program to include 22-24 year old residents and on February 2, 2016, the DC Council voted to expand the program for two more years.
DPR will offer a rolling registration for its 2016 Summer Camp season starting today for select site locations. The 2016 Summer Camp season will run from June 20 through August 19, 2016 and will include the following camps:

  • Aqua Day Camp
  • Camp PlayDC  
  • DC Summer Engineers Camp
  • Discovery Camp
  • Fun with Engineering
  • Jelleff Summer Camp
  • Junior Engineers  
  • Little Engineers Camp
  • Little Explorers Camp
  • Olympic TaeKwonDo Camp
  • REC Camp
  • Releve' Ballet Camp
  • Sports Camps
  • Teen Career Camps
  • Verano Spanish Camp

Most camps will operate Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 5 pm DPR also offers a Before and After Care package for an additional flat rate. Before care is offered from 8 am – 9 am and after care is offered from 5 pm – 6 pm. DPR Summer Camp 2016 Session Dates:

  • Session 1: June 20 – July 1, 2016
  • Session 2: July 5 – July 15, 2016
  • Session 3: July 18 – July 29, 2016
  • Session 4: August 1 – August 12, 2016
  • Session 5: August 15-19, 2016

DPR makes every effort to maintain low-cost recreational summer programming for District residents and also offers a reduced rate for qualified District residents to ensure that summer camps are available to everyone. For more information about fees and costs, visit

Beginning tomorrow, a different group of site locations will open for registration at noon each day, and on Friday, March 4, the final group of site locations will become available for first-time registration. Interested participants may register online at or in person at the Summer Camp Office. Registration during this period will be open to DC residents only. Before and after care registration will not be available during this time period.  

Registration for non-District residents for DPR summer camps will open on Monday, March 21 at noon and will remain open to residents, non-residents and residents who are applying for reduced rate fees. Before and after care registration will also open Monday, March 21 for District residents, non-residents and residents applying for reduced rate fees.  

Registration for District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) summer school also begins today. Students in grades K-7 can receive reading and math instruction to get ready for the next school year at one of eight sites across DCPS. High School Summer School provides summer credit recovery opportunities to high school students who are not currently on track to graduate. Families can register at

More than a dozen public charter schools will also offer enrichment, credit recovery and summer bridge programming this summer. Most summer programs at public charter schools begin in late June. Families should contact individuals schools for sign-up.

For more information about enrollment in Summer 2016 programs citywide, visit For more information on DPR summers camps, please visit and For more information on MBSYEP, visit

Wednesday, February 24 at 4 pm

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney R. Snowden
Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation Keith Anderson

H.D. Woodson Senior High School
540 55th Street, NE
*Closest Metro: Capitol Heights Metro Station*
*Bus Lines: V2, V4, X9*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]