The innovative solutions students generated through Creativity for COVID helped us uncover valuable insights that will positively impact the change we hope to facilitate for those we are serving.
The loss of in-person internships due to COVID-19 nearly meant the collapse of one of Washington D.C.’s valuable student programs. Mayor Marion Barry’s Summer Youth Employment Program connected over 10,000 local high school students to jobs and internships in 2019. In addition to providing students with valuable training and work experience, the Summer Youth Employment Program helps students open doors to future employment and create valuable networks.
To ensure DC public school students weren’t further victimized by COVID-19, the Lab teamed with DC Public Schools (DCPS) to re-imagine what a remote summer internship could look like.