Thanks to all the youth and young adults who registered for a YouthWorks summer job. We are pleased that we were able to offer summer jobs to more than 5,200 young people age 14 to 21. The 2013 program concluded on August 2. Check back later this fall for information regarding YouthWorks 2014.
In its second year, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's Hire One Youth initiative challenged Baltimore employers to join the City in creating valuable summer employment opportunities for Baltimore’s teens by hiring at least one young person through the YouthWorks summer jobs program. Thanks to the 117 local employers who hired 518 participants in 2013.
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.”