Success Stories

Meet Regina

Regina Webster Photo

After graduating from Morgan State University, Regina Webster got married, relocated to Florida and worked at various construction companies in her area. She later returned to Baltimore due to unexpected family circumstances and found herself out of work. 

Meet Na'Thaia

Na'Thaia

Na’Thaia applied for a summer job through YouthWorks and was invited to be part of the Hire One Youth initiative, the private-sector component of Baltimore City’s summer jobs program. She didn’t really feel like attending the required job readiness training and figured that she would most likely be offered something through YouthWorks. “My sister received her worksite assignment promptly, and for weeks after that I still didn’t know if I would be offered a job at all. 

Meet Darian

Darian Boone

In 2010 Darian Boone stopped going to school at Merganthaler Vocational – Technical High School (Mervo) for a variety of reasons; Mervo just wasn’t a good match for him. Darian spent several years trying to get back into a Baltimore City public school until he became too old to enroll. 

During those years Darian was employed most of the time, working in restaurants and as a banquet server for Centerplate at the Baltimore Convention Center. Then he realized, “I need more of an education to advance my pay rate; I need to get motivated.” 

Meet Caroline

Caroline Mallard

A group of medical and educational institutions, including Johns Hopkins, provided their support to a new workforce training program in Baltimore City by committing to interview the graduating administrative staff and medical assistants for immediate positions.

 

Meet James

Photo of JamesJames Knight earned his high school diploma from Achievement Academy at Harbor City High School in 2011. “Then I fell into a real rough patch and I wasted a year running the streets and just hanging around. I had lost my dad in 2009 and life just hit me all at once. I wasn’t able to cope with it all,” James shared.

In June of 2012 James’ daughter was born and he realized, “It was time for me to be a man. When she was born it was a new game for me.”

Meet Justin

Meet Justin

In 2012 Justin graduated from Friendship Academy of Engineering & Technology, a Baltimore City public high school. After graduating he was accepted into the Year Up program at Baltimore City Community College.  “I had an internship with Morgan Stanley but after six months, I wasn’t able to complete the program,” Justin said.

Meet Kevin

Photo of Welder

In spring 2016, Kevin was released from prison and placed on home monitoring. He desperately wanted a fresh start, but was well aware that his theft offense was going to hinder him from moving to the next phase of his life.  

Meet Tamika

Photo of Tamika

Tamika attended Baltimore City public school Maryland Academy of Technology, Health & Science (MATHS) until she dropped out in the ninth grade. She had fallen behind and was considered overage and under-credited. Tamika acknowledged that she wasn’t exactly hanging around people who were going to inspire her.

Meet Sherrie

Sherrie Webb

Sherrie Webb is a Client Curriculum & Training Coordinator at Catholic Charities Weinberg Housing and Resource Center.

Ms. Webb had the BEST answer ever when asked why did she decide to hire YouthWorks participants? “Because my very first job was with YouthWorks!! I worked at a summer camp site and had such a wonderful experience. I want to give youth the opportunity to gain skills in order to contribute to society.                                                                  

 

Meet Harold

Harold Carr III

When he was 16, his mother gave him a stack of papers that included a YouthWorks application. “She was like ‘OK, I’m tired of you sitting on your butt all summer so it’s time for you to get a job,’” Carr recalls with a smile. 

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