Job Training for Youth


Youth Partner Programs

Youth Opportunity

Older teens and young adults ages 17-24 who are out of school and out of work can connect with academic classes, GED prep, job training, and other services through YO Baltimore. At the city’s two YO Centers – one in West Baltimore and one in East Baltimore – young people can build on their skills and strengths to get back on track.

Learn more about YO Baltimore from Westside YO Center Manager Kerry Owings, interviewed on Maryland Public Television.

Kerry Owings

Westside YO Center
Orientation sessions held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. (open to all)
1510 W. Lafayette Avenue (Gilmor Street entrance), Baltimore, MD 21217
Kerry Owings, Center Manager

Eastside YO Center
The Eastside YO Center is operated in partnership with the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC)
Orientation sessions held every Monday at 10 a.m. (open to all)
1212 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
Burgundi Allison, Center Manager

YO Academy
Located within the Westside YO Center, the YO Academy is an alternative public high school operated by YO in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools. Students are referred by the BCPS Office of Student Placement.
1510 W. Lafayette Avenue (Gilmor Street entrance), Baltimore, MD 21217
Ayana McLean, Principal

YO Baltimore Centers Map

Youth Partner Programs

MOED partners with local organizations that offer proven workforce development programs for young people ages 16-24. These programs focus on education, job skill development and employment.

We partner with these five organizations to provide educational and career training services. To be accepted into these programs, eligible teens and young adults must be committed to completing the enrollment process and all program activities, and to attending on a daily basis. These programs are funded by the federal Department of Labor Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth grant.

At The Career Academy, students take academic classes and prepare for the workforce. Operated by MOED in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools and the Job Corps Woodstock Center, the Career Academy allows students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and college credits while getting work experience through internships.

Contact: Joseph Dodson; 410-396-7454; 101 W. 24th St. Baltimore, MD 21218 

Through Civic Works’ YouthBuild program, participants can complete their high school education while gaining hands-on construction experience that benefits low-income families that need housing. YouthBuild’s focus is on job readiness and leadership, and the program offers next steps to apprenticeships and full-time jobs.

Contact: Sean Thames; 443-934-6334; 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213

The Healthcare Careers Alliance trains young people for careers in healthcare, Baltimore’s largest economic sector. Participants receive on-the-job training and certification as clerical associates, client service representatives, nursing assistants, dietary aides, distribution clerks, environmental service workers, linen and laundry service workers, medical records clerks, medical transporters and patient transporters. The alliance is comprised of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, University of Maryland Medical Center, and Civic Works.

Contact: Charles Milburn; 443-955-7524; 5607 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215 

Hope Forward/Fostering Successful Careers benefits youth transitioning out of foster care, with a focus on post-secondary education, occupational skills training, and meaningful employment. It is a partnership effort of FedCap, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, the Maryland Department of Human Services, Baltimore City Community College, Inspirations LLC, and Biotechnical Institute of Maryland.

Contact: Shalita O’Neal; 410-856-1700 ext. 101; 10 South Street, 6th floor, Baltimore, MD 21202 

Fresh Start, a Living Classrooms Foundation program, serves young men and helps them build job skills through carpentry, and develop healthy self-esteem through leadership development, team building, and cultural enrichment activities.

Contact: Cheryl Riviere; 410-685-0295 ext. 234; 802 S. Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21213

For additional information about the service providers listed, please contact Donnice Brown, MOED’s out-of-school youth administrator, at 410-396-6727. 

Equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.