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District abruptly shuts down one program that provides summer jobs to youth

Kendall Bryan was beginning another day at his summer jobs program in Northeast Washington a couple of weeks ago when two city officials arrived for what he thought was an unscheduled tour.

The officials told him that they were shutting down his taxpayer-funded program and that its enrollees — 100 teens and young adults — would be reassigned to other organizations.

In the preceding days, the parents of two youths alleged that Bryan made “inappropriate” remarks on two occasions while running his organization, the Amy Jacques Garvey Institute.

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The institute, named for the wife of Marcus Garvey, has since 2007 provided summer jobs for predominantly black teenagers and young adults who live east of the Anacostia River.

In one incident, a youth described as the Garvey Institute’s “only non-African American” enrollee became uncomfortable after Bryan said the summer program was “important” in addressing “the concerns of black youth in the DC area,” according to the termination letter Bryan received last week from the Department of Employment Services.

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