DOES Office of Youth Programs (OYP)

DOES-Office of Youth Programs: OYP is the division of DOES that creates and administers workforce development programs for DC youth ages 14-24.  OYP provides work readiness trainings, occupational skills training and employment programs for high school students as well as high school graduates. OYP also assists youth with obtaining their GED.
Address:  4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, 2nd Floor Washington, DC 20019 
Bus: A31, U4, X1, X2, X3, X9
Metro: Minnesota Avenue Station (Orange)
General Phone: (202) 698-3492 
General Email:
Hours: Monday-Friday;  9am - 5pm

Core Programs:

  1. Marion Barry Youth Leadership Academy – Year-round leadership development program high school students (paid stipends).  
  2. Pathways for Young Adults –Year-round paid vocational training and internship program for youth who have their high school diploma/GED
  3. DC Career Connections  – Year-round paid employment placement program youth 20-24.  
  4. Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) –paid employment program for DC youth 14-24
  5. Out-of-School Program  – Year-round vocational training, adult education and internship program for youth 16-24 not attending educational programs
  6. In-school Program  - Youth attending DC high schools
  7. Youth Earn and Learn Program (Y.E.A.L.P) - paid training and adult education program for youth 18-24 

OYP Staff:

Sheree Finley, Interim Deputy Director of Workforce Development & Economics (  General youth workforce issues
Theenie Freeman, Associate Director of Youth Programs ( General youth workforce issues
Vanessa Weatherington, MBSYEP Program Manager,
Ashley Williams, Year-Round Program Manager,
Stefanie Kenchen, Year-Round Program Coordinator (, (202) 741-5870
Traci Hamilton, MBSYEP Program Analyst,, 202-698-5388
Ayana Williams, MBSYEP-Private Sector Liaison,, 202-698-6019,
Adia Howard-Stroud, Workforce Development Specialist,, (202) 698-7544, Year Round Employment (Career Connections)
Tina Olaymika, Program Analyst,, 202-671-3243, Year Round Employment Issues (Career Connections)