Online Pre-Registration for 2014 YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program to Open January 2

FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

CONTACT: Brice Freeman, MOED Communications, 410-396-1910,  [email protected]

                    Ernest Dorsey, MOED Youth Services, 410-396-6722, [email protected]

Online Pre-Registration for Baltimore City’s

2014 YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program to Open January 2

YouthWorks is also recruiting organizations to serve as worksites and

employers to participate in Hire One Youth

Baltimore, Maryland (December 18, 2013) – Baltimore City residents between the ages of 14 and 21 can begin pre-registering online for the 2014 YouthWorks summer jobs program Thursday, January 2 at http://youthworks.oedworks.com.

YouthWorks is also recruiting organizations to serve as worksites, and local employers to hire youth directly through the YouthWorks Hire One Youth campaign.

Each summer, YouthWorks matches thousands of city youth to six-week summer jobs with private sector, nonprofit and city and state government employers throughout the city, where they 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. In 2014, YouthWorks summer jobs will begin June 23 and end August 1.

Pre-Registration for Youth

Pre-registration for youth will run through Friday, March 14, 2014. Everyone who pre-registers must attend an in-person certification appointment to be eligible to be placed in a YouthWorks job; certification appointments will be held January 21 through March 29, 2014.

YouthWorks launched its more efficient and effective online pre-registration system in 2013, when more than 5,200 young people were offered YouthWorks summer jobs.

“We were pleased that the rollout of the online pre-registration system went smoothly last year, and that it was well received by YouthWorks participants,” said MOED Assistant Director Ernest Dorsey, who oversees the agency’s youth services division. “Online job applications are required for almost all positions today, so introducing young people to this application process is another way YouthWorks prepares our future workforce.”

Pre-registering online and attending an in-person certification appointment do not guarantee a placement in a YouthWorks summer job.

Pre-Registration for Worksites

YouthWorks partners with a variety of organizations throughout Baltimore City that serve as worksites.Eligible worksites are not responsible for paying YouthWorks participants who work at their locations, but they must provide close supervision and mentoring, and ensure that workers are fully engaged throughout the program. Youth are scheduled to work five hours each day (excluding lunch), five days a week, for a total of 25 hours per week for six weeks.

An organization can apply to become a 2014 YouthWorks worksite through Friday, February 7, 2014, athttp://youthworks.oedworks.com. All worksite eligibility requirements are outlined on the site.

Hire One Youth

Businesses help make Baltimore City’s summer jobs program a success by interviewing and hiring at least one participant through YouthWorks’ Hire One Youth initiative. With support from a Hire One Youth Leadership Team comprised of local business leaders and chaired by Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is inviting companies to become Hire One Youth employers in 2014. Beginning its third year, Hire One Youth has proven to be a valuable public-private partnership resulting in hundreds of talented and prepared young people working for local businesses throughout the summer.

More information about Hire One Youth and a sign-up form can be found athttp://www.baltimorecity.gov/hireoneyouth/.

YouthWorks is operated by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) and the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board Youth Council, in partnership with multiple employers and workforce partners, and with financial support from a variety of contributors.

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