Mayor: D.C. Summer Jobs Program a Success

By Tom Sherwood
|  Thursday, Aug 8, 2013  |  Updated 8:23 PM EDT
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray proclaims the city's 2013 summer jobs program for youngsters is a success and did not encounter many of the problems it experienced in previous years.  News 4's Tom Sherwood reports.

Tom Sherwood

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray proclaims the city's 2013 summer jobs program for youngsters is a success and did not encounter many of the problems it experienced in previous years. News 4's Tom Sherwood reports.

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D.C.’s 2013 Summer Jobs Program was one of the smoothest ever after a long history of cost overruns and disorganization, Mayor Vincent Gray said Thursday.

About 15,000 young people participated in the $13 million program, gaining valuable work experience.

The mayor met some skepticism when he said the school day should be longer – lasting until 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. -- and summer vacations shorter.

High school senior Viola Brock, who wants to be an FBI agent, said longer classes have to worth it.

"A longer school day, it sounds bad, but if they do something better with it, then it will be OK,” she said.

Senior Frank Makle, who hopes to be an Air Force officer, was hesitant about a shorter summer vacation to allow everyone to have a summer job.

“The working part sounds good, that's about it,” he said. “I like my summer vacation.”

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