Press Releases

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Baltimore City Residents Comprise 51 Percent of Horseshoe Casino Workforce

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that more than 1,250 Baltimore City residents will be employed at the Horseshoe Baltimore casino, representing 51 percent of the staff hired as of August 21. After extensive recruitment and outreach efforts coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED), in partnership with Horseshoe Baltimore, city residents will comprise a majority of the more than 2,400 employees that will staff the gaming facility, which celebrates its grand opening tonight.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake to Announce Local Hiring Impact of Horseshoe Baltimore Casino

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will announce the number of Baltimore City residents to be employed by the City's first gaming facility—Horseshoe Baltimore—in advance of the casino's grand opening tomorrow.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce Acknowledge Business for Successful Workforce Initiatives

Today, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was joined by Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce President Charles R. Owens, the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board’s Business Engagement Committee, and others to recognize local companies and organizations for instituting successful workforce initiatives. Each of the honored businesses received the BWIB Business Award for Workforce Development Excellence at the Chamber’s Breakfast with the Mayor event held at the Rawlings-Fulton Clubhouse.

More Than 5,200 Baltimore Youth Offered Summer Employment Through City’s YouthWorks Program

Today marks the start of week two of Baltimore City’s 2014 YouthWorks summer jobs program, through which more than 5,200 young people ages of 14-21 have been offered opportunities to gain real-world work experience through six-week positions at public- and private-sector worksites throughout Baltimore. 

93 Baltimore City Students Graduate from Youth Opportunity (YO!)

Youth Opportunity (YO!) Baltimore hosted a special graduation event this evening for its 2014 class of 93 young adults who chose to pursue alternative education after facing challenges in traditional settings. The event honored 57 students who graduated from the YO! Academy, an alternative high school that operates in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, and 36 young people who earned their Maryland high school diplomas through the city’s two YO! Baltimore centers in East and West Baltimore. 

Academy for College and Career Exploration Class of 2014 Celebrates Graduation

The Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE) hosted a special commencement Friday, May 30 for its 2014 class of 80 graduates. The ceremony was held at Johns Hopkins University’s Shriver Hall. “I am so proud of all of our graduates who have shown the fortitude and discipline required to complete this phase of their education,” said ACCE Principal Quinhon Goodlowe.

Ninety-Three Baltimore City Students to Graduate from Youth Opportunity (YO!)

Youth Opportunity (YO!) Baltimore will host a special graduation event for its 2014 class of 93 young adults who chose to pursue alternative education after facing challenges in traditional settings. Fifty-seven students will graduate from the YO! Academy, an alternative high school that operates in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools. They will share the stage with 36 young people who earned their high school diplomas through the two YO! centers in East and West Baltimore. Ms. Shina Parker, a local entrepreneur and CEO, will deliver the keynote address.

YO! Baltimore Provides Insights in “Don’t Call Them Dropouts” MOED

Several youth from Baltimore City participated in a national study conducted by America’s Promise Alliance. The study participants from Baltimore are all members of Youth Opportunity (YO!) Baltimore, which serves out-of-school, out-of-work teens and young adults. The America’s Promise Alliance report, Don’t Call Them Dropouts,revealed that students who leave high school without graduating do so not out of boredom or lack of motivation, but because...

Rawlings-Blake, GBC President Don Fry to Encourage Private Sector Hiring For YouthWorks Through Hire One Youth Initiative

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry will announce the progress of Hire One Youth, which is the private-sector hiring component of Baltimore City’s nationally recognized YouthWorks summer jobs program, and encourage companies to hire at least one job-ready youth this summer.

Rawlings-Blake, GBC President Don Fry to Encourage Private Sector Hiring For YouthWorks Through Hire One Youth Initiative

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry will announce the progress of Hire One Youth, which is the private-sector hiring component of Baltimore City’s nationally recognized YouthWorks summer jobs program, and encourage companies to hire at least one job-ready youth this summer.

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