37 Baltimore City Students to Graduate from Youth Opportunity (YO) Baltimore Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 13, 2016
FOR ASSIGNMENT: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Contacts:

Brice Freeman, Communications, 410-396-1910, [email protected]
Ernest Dorsey, Youth Services, 410-396-6722, [email protected]

37 Baltimore City Students to Graduate from Youth Opportunity (YO) Baltimore Programs
Students previously disconnected from school and work earn diplomas and face a brighter future

Baltimore, Maryland (June 13, 2016) – Youth Opportunity (YO) Baltimore will host a special graduation event for its 2016 class of 37 teens and young adults who chose to pursue alternative education after facing challenges in traditional school settings.

The stage will be shared by 24 students from the Westside YO Center and 13 students from the Eastside Center. Mr. Calvin G. Butler, Jr. - CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric Company – will deliver the keynote address.

WHO: Thirty-seven students, from the City’s two YO Centers, will don cap and gown as they proudly walk across the stage before an audience of parents, peers and supporters. This ambitious and dedicated group of teens and young adults has overcome challenges including unstable housing, limited support systems, early parenthood and limited educational achievements. Through the encouragement of caring professional advocates, the guidance of dedicated instructors, and access to vital support services, these young people are now moving forward to become fully independent and productive adults.

WHEN: Wed., June 15, 2016; 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus, Shriver Hall, 3400 N. Charles, Baltimore MD 21218

BACKGROUND: Youth Opportunity (YO) Baltimore is operated by the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s Youth Services Division. Since 2000, YO has served more than 8,000 disconnected teens and young adults. YO Centers provide academic support including GED and high school diploma tracks, career/job training, advocacy, mentoring and health and social support services to out-of-school or out-of-work city youth. Key YO partners include the Baltimore City Department of Juvenile Services, Baltimore City Public Schools, Civic Works, HEBCAC, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Adolescent Health, and Sinai Hospital. www.oedworks.com

###

Related Stories

Baltimore City Public Schools 2019 High School Graduates to Attend Job Fair

High school seniors, not headed to college, to interview with employers and learn about workforce training opportunities at second annual spring event

WHAT:            

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools will host a Baltimore City High School Graduate Job Fair for approximately 500 high school seniors who plan to work immediately after graduating. These pre-registered students will have the opportunity to meet with training providers and interview with employers for full-time jobs from a pool of more than 90 hiring businesses from sectors including health care, hospitality, information technology, military, retail and city agencies. Students will hear from motivational speakers and participate in informative sessions to gain more knowledge about workforce development and job opportunities.

More than 14,000 Baltimore City Young Adults Apply for YouthWorks Summer Jobs

Online application period ends Friday, March 1 for 14-21-year-old Baltimore City residents interested in employment through the popular summer jobs program

Baltimore City’s wintry weather isn’t distracting its young people from thinking ahead to the summer and making a strong statement that they want to work. More than 14,000 city residents between the ages of 14 and 21 have applied online at youthworks.oedworks.com since the portal opened on January 2, 2019. Over 1,700 applied within the first 24 hours, and more than 6,000 did so within the first week.

Mayor Pugh Announces Baltimore's YH20 Water Mentoring Program Now Accepting Applications

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announces that recruitment is underway for the next class of YH20 Water Mentoring Program participants.  Applications will be accepted Jan. 2 through Feb. 8. To date, over 50 residents have completed the program, which prepares young Baltimoreans for entry-level jobs in the water industry.