Youth Summer Jobs the Focus of July 10 Visit to MICA by Governor O’Malley and Mayor Rawlings-Blake

FOR ASSIGNMENT: Wednesday, July 10, 2013; 1:45-2:30 p.m.

CONTACTS: Brice Freeman, MOED, 410-396-1910, [email protected] Takirra Winfield, Office of the Governor, 410-974-2316 (o), 443-336-1475 (m), [email protected] Jessica Weglein, MICA, 410-225-2503, [email protected]

Youth Summer Jobs the Focus of July 10 Visit to MICA by Governor O’Malley and Mayor Rawlings-Blake The State and City provide significant funding to support employment opportunities for more than 5,000 Baltimore youth this summer

Baltimore, Maryland (July 8, 2013) – Governor Martin O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will visit the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) this Wednesday to announce funding for youth summer jobs and meet 20 young people working at MICA through Baltimore City’s YouthWorks program.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 10, 2013; 1:45-2:30 p.m. WHERE: MICA, 1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217 BACKGROUND: YouthWorks is Baltimore City’s summer jobs program, which places young people between the ages of 14 and 21 in six-week summer jobs with private sector, nonprofit, and city and state government employers throughout the city. Through summer work experiences, teens and young adults develop familiarity with the workplace, become better prepared to meet employers’ expectations, and gain exposure to career opportunities in the Baltimore metropolitan area’s high growth industries. YouthWorks is operated by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, with the assistance of employers and workforce partners, and with financial support from a variety of contributors. YouthWorks 2013 began June 24 and will run through August 2. Through YouthWorks and its Hire One Youth component, more than 5,000 young people have been offered employment opportunities this summer. Working at more than 545 worksites across the city, they are earning paychecks through funding provided by the state and city, as well as from private businesses, philanthropic foundations and individuals. Mayor’s Office of Employment Development 417 East Fayette Street Suite 468 Baltimore, Maryland 21202 410-396-3009 Hire One Youth was launched by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2012 to challenge Baltimore employers to join Baltimore City in creating valuable private sector summer employment opportunities for Baltimore’s older YouthWorks participants. The Mayor reintroduced the campaign this year with the support of a Hire One Youth Leadership Team made up of local business leaders and chaired by Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. To date, 300 young people have been hired by 120 employers to work during the summer through Hire One Youth. In its first year participating in YouthWorks, MICA is supporting both efforts. The school directly hired 10 students through Hire One Youth, and is serving as a YouthWorks worksite for an additional 10. Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from all 50 states and 57 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists. ### In fiscal year 2012, the Mayor's Office of Employment Development hosted more than 145,000 visits from city residents at our one-stop career centers, provided computer literacy to more than 2,500 people at our Digital Learning Labs, and placed nearly 2,500 individuals in jobs. We connected more than 5,300 young people to summer employment and assisted more than 450 businesses through our Employ Baltimore strategy. MOED is committed to building a strong workforce for our city by developing meaningful partnerships with the local business community and connecting Baltimore citizens of all ages and backgrounds with jobs and pathways to careers.

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