Demarko Jones, a 23-yearold resident of Ward 5, is working at the American Job Center at the Department of Employment Services (DOES). Jones describes his Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) experience as one that has exposed him to a range of career options, challenged him to improve his office skills, and exposed him to working in a professional setting. Jones attended Potomac State College in West Virginia and plans to continue his studies at a culinary arts school. He hopes to someday work with DC Central Kitchen. Demarko is a great example of the importance of expanding MBSYEP opportunities to include 22-24 year olds. With the support of MBSYEP, these young men and women receive additional job training, professional development and assistance that will help them on their pathways to the middle class.