YouthWorks is Baltimore City’s summer jobs program, which places young people age 14 to 21 in summer work experiences throughout Baltimore. Read the 2015 YouthWorks brochure for more information.
YouthWorks Code Red Policy
If temperatures reach levels that result in the National Weather Service declaring Code Red conditions for Baltimore City, YouthWorks worksites where youth are not working in air conditioning may release their youth with pay.
NOTE: Youth working at Baltimore City public schools, should be aware that the school system may close all sites – with or without air conditioning.
YouthWorks participants are encouraged to communicate directly with their worksite supervisors to determine their specific weather-related policy. The attached policy was shared with worksite supervisors and was discussed during the supervisor training sessions. Supervisors are asked to share their organization’s individual policy with YouthWorks participants.
Nearly 8,000 Youth to be Offered a Summer Job
for One of Two Start Dates
All YouthWorks applicants who completed the registration process and were placed in summer jobs that start Monday, June 29 have already been notified by a letter in the mail and an email to the address they used to create their online account.
In 2015, YouthWorks is operating a second, five-week program, with positions to begin Monday, July 13 and run through Friday, August 14. All YouthWorks applicants who completed the registration process and have been placed in summer jobs through this second cycle of the 2015 YouthWorks program will be notified with placement information no later than July 6 by a letter in the mail and an email to the address they used to create their online account.
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
Businesses help make Baltimore City’s summer jobs program a success by interviewing and hiring at least one participant through YouthWorks’ Hire One Youth initiative. 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 2015. Beginning 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 2015 Hire One Youth brochure.
See a list of Hire One Youth companies that have signed up for 2015.
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.
Registration for 2015 YouthWorks Closed
Registration for the 2015 program is now closed; the last day for in-person certification appointments was Saturday, March 28, 2015. All notification letters indicating placement results will be mailed between June 1 and June 15, 2015. Please remember that neither pre-registering online nor attending an in-person certification appointment guarantees you a YouthWorks summer job.
Important Dates to Remember
- January 5 – March 13, 2015: Online preregistration period.
- January 27 – March 28, 2015: Certification appointment period. Certification appointments are held after-school and on Saturdays in March. Youth must be scheduled to attend a certification appointment; requests to reschedule a scheduled certification appointment must be made prior to March 13.
- April 6– 10, 2015: 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 March 24.
- April 6, 2015: Last day for worksites to submit youth receipts to request the placement of specific YouthWorks applicants with their organization.
- June 29 – July 31, 2015: Program dates of operation - first cycle. (Please note: Friday, July 3, 2015 is observed as a holiday and youth will not be paid for this day)
- July 13 – August 14, 2015: Program dates of operation - second cycle.
- July 17, 2015: First pay day for YouthWorks participants
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.