Baltimore Region Coaches Help Put City Youth to Work

Baltimore Region Coaches Help Put City Youth to Work 
Coaches Breakfast slated for April 27th.


For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

April 24, 2007

Ruth L. Tyler, Public Information Officer

Alice Cole, Director,
Career Development Division

Senator Catherine Pugh will join more than two dozen Baltimore area coaches from middle and high schools, and colleges and universities at the Race for Work Coaches Breakfast on Friday, April 27, 2007 at 7:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor located at 301 W. Lombard Street. The breakfast event is designed to support Baltimore City’s annual YouthWorks summer jobs campaign while recognizing the importance of physical fitness among area youth.

The 2007 YouthWorks summer jobs campaign, administered by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, is hoping to secure enough funds and job pledges to enable 5,500 young people to work this summer. The program, which will run from June 25 through August 3, 2007, will place youth between the ages of 14 to 21 in a summer work experiences in a variety of public and private sector settings, including working at city agencies and local non-profit organization on special community-based projects. For every $1,200 raised, a student will have an opportunity to earn money for the summer and gain marketable skills.
The Race for Work is a 3-mile race and a 1-mile walk or fun run through Druid Hill Park which is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. until noon – rain or shine. Hundreds of community and businesses leaders, families and area educators will participate in the 3rd Annual Race for Work to support Baltimore City’s YouthWorks summer jobs campaign, which will help area youth gain valuable work experience. There will be prizes awarded for the top school and family teams as well as for top individual finishers who participate in the Race for Work through beautiful, scenic Druid Hill Park
“We continue to form great partnerships that will give Baltimore City youth a running start to enhance their employment and academic goals,” said Alice Cole, youth services director for the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development.

The Race for Work is sponsored by Comcast, The Johns Hopkins Health System. Corrigan Sports Enterprises, Inc. and Whiting-Turner.  Other participating sponsors include, Giant Foods, Air Tran Airways, CA Sports, The Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Southwest Airlines, Baltimore City Public Schools, The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore City Fire Department, Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Department of Public Works, Baltimore City Police Department, and Radio One.

For details on attending the Coaches Breakfast, making financial contributions or hiring pre-screened youth, contact the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s YouthWorks office at 410-396-6722.

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