YouthWorks is Baltimore City’s summer jobs program, which places young people age 14 to 21 in six-week summer work experiences throughout Baltimore.
Click here to see the YouthWorks brochure.
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 2014. Beginning its third 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. 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.
Important Dates to Remember
- January 2 – March 14, 2014: Online preregistration period.
- January 21 – March 29, 2014: Certification Appointments held after-school and five Saturdays in March. No certifications held on Mondays in March. (Day Registration, January 31st) No certification appointments rescheduled after March 14th.
- April 14 – 17, 2014: Job readiness classes will be held during Spring Break (April 14th – 17th) for youth selected to participate in the Hire One Youth component. Boot camps will be offered during the winter months for out of school youth. (Hire One Youth will be identified no later than March 24th).
- April 4, 2014: Last day for worksites to submit receipts for registered youth.
- June 23 – Aug. 1, 2014: Program dates of operation.
Tiffani Cooper, 20, a high school graduate, has participated in YouthWorks since 2007. This year, she worked for the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and performed so well that she was offered a full-time position at the school once her YouthWorks assignment ended. According to her supervisor, Margaret Newton, “Tiffani is very pleasant, always willing to help others, and is always looking for the next thing to get done.” Tiffani herself said, “YouthWorks has given me plenty of opportunities to broaden my resume in many different ways, such as expanding my networking skills, my communication skills, and setting long-term goals for myself.” Tiffani hopes to one day own/operate a hotel, and says working at MICA has helped her “master how to interact with people and maintain good quality customer service.”
Bernard Thomas, 16, a Baltimore City Public Schools student, spent his summer working at Baltimore IT start-up RedOwl Analytics through YouthWorks/Hire One Youth. Bernard worked directly with RedOwl’s software engineers and was able to take on more sophisticated projects than his supervisors initially anticipated he’d be able to. Bernard said he always knew he wanted to work with computers but his experience with RedOwl has helped him narrow his IT career focus to software development – something the staff said he clearly has an aptitude for. Bernard also spent his lunch breaks at RedOwl playing chess with one of the company’s engineers, and compared playing chess with developing software – “one little mistake can mess up your whole game or your whole program.”