Each year, YouthWorks connects thousands of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to summer jobs. Our partners include the City of Baltimore, State of Maryland, local employers, nonprofits, philanthropic contributors, the Baltimore City Foundation, and the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board Youth Committee.
Registration Period January 4 - March 11, 2016
All YouthWorks/Hire One Youth applicants must complete two important steps:
1. Pre-register online at http://youthworks.oedworks.com/, and
2. Attend an in-person certification appointment. (Once you submit your pre-registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with the date, time and location of your in-person certification appointment.)
Applicants must re-apply each year, and are considered fully registered for YouthWorks once they have attended a certification appointment and received a receipt. Neither pre-registering online nor attending an in-person certification appointment guarantees a YouthWorks or Hire One Youth summer job.
Winter Weather Policy. If inclement weather forces us to cancel YouthWorks certification appointments, all applicants with appointments on the affected day will receive an alert by email. We will also post information on the YouthWorks Facebook page. Please be sure to check your email and/or Facebook before coming to your certification appointment if the weather is questionable.
2016 Important Dates
- January 4 – March 11: Online pre-registration period.
- January 25 – April 2: Certification appointment period. Certification appointments are held after school and on Saturdays in March and early April. You must be scheduled to attend a certification appointment; requests to reschedule a scheduled certification appointment must be made prior to March 11.
- February 13, 27 & April 2, 9: Hire One Youth Academy for YouthWorks applicants ages 16-21 who are selected for possible private-sector job placement. Applicants will be identified as Hire One Youth candidates before March11.
- April 8: Last day for worksites to submit youth receipts to request the placement of specific YouthWorks applicants with their organization.
- June 27 – July 29: YouthWorks’ first cycle.
- July 11- August 12: YouthWorks’ second cycle.
Summer Worksite Hosts Needed
Organizations are needed to become YouthWorks summer worksites. Please help join the many partners that make YouthWorks such a big success. New and returning organizations are required to register online to begin the process. Thanks for helping YouthWorks continue to be one of the best summer jobs program in the nation!
Make a Tax-Deductible Contribution
YouthWorks welcomes tax-deductible donations from individuals, philanthropic organizations, nonprofits and corporate sponsors, which help to pay the wages of youth placed at public sector worksites. It costs $1,500 to fund one young person in a YouthWorks summer job, but contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated. YouthWorks is now accepting online donations through the Baltimore City Foundation. Please visit baltimorecityfoundation.org and choose Mayor’s Office of Employment Development – YouthWorks 855-00 – to make your contribution.
Checks can also be made payable to Baltimore City Foundation/YouthWorks and mailed to MOED, 101 W. 24th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.
Hire One Youth
As the private-sector component of YouthWorks, Hire One Youth is a way for local employers to join the city in creating valuable summer employment opportunities for Baltimore’s teens by hiring at least one young person. Hire One Youth:
- Gives employers an opportunity to share their future workforce by hiring at least one responsible, job-ready Baltimore City resident between the ages of 16-21
- Prepares ideal candidates for future job openings, especially if a company’s entry-level positions require specialized skills
- Screens all applicants for skills and interests, and provides job readiness training before referring them to employers for interviews
- Provides a job coach to ensure the program is beneficial for employers and youth
- Offers flexible payroll options – employers can hire youth directly, or Baltimore City can be the employer-of-record
- Can be customized to fit employers’ needs – there is no set wage or employment period beyond paying at least minimum wage for at least 120 total hours
With support from a Hire One Youth Leadership Team comprised of local business leaders and chaired by Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is inviting companies to become Hire One Youth employers in 2016. Now in its fourth year, Hire One Youth has proven to be a valuable public-private partnership resulting in hundreds of talented and prepared young people working for local businesses throughout the summer. Learn more by reading the Hire One Youth brochure.
Read why Don Fry thinks Hire One Youth is good for Baltimore's businesses.
More information about Hire One Youth and a sign-up form can be found at http://www.baltimorecity.gov/hireoneyouth/. Check out this YouTube video or contact the YouthWorks office at HireOneYouth@oedworks.com.
Special thanks to the hundreds of organizations that served as YouthWorks worksites in 2015. You all helped to continue to make Baltimore City’s summer jobs program one of the best in the nation!
Brendon Williams, 19, has spent the past two summers working at ABC Box Company in South Baltimore through Hire One Youth. When he was first hired by the company in 2013, it was his first job. Alan Fink is the co-owner of ABC Box Company. “The city makes it so easy to participate in Hire One Youth,” said Mr. Fink. “It makes us feel good that we can bring aboard someone fresh out of high school and make their first job experience a positive job experience.”
Brendon – who caught two buses each workday this past summer to arrive at ABC Box Company by 8:00 a.m. – said working for the company has taught him “how important it is to be on time and work hard, and how to communicate with an employer.” He added, “I was able to prove that I’m a good worker, I’m a hard worker, and I can tackle any job you give me.”
Mr. Fink agreed. “Brendon is enthusiastic; he has the drive to make it.”
Brendon graduated from Patterson High School and is currently taking classes at the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville. He plans to transfer to the University of Maryland to study business management.