Online Application Now Open for Baltimore City’s 2017 YouthWorks Summer Jobs

YouthWorks is also recruiting organizations to serve as worksites and employers to participate in Hire One Youth

Today, Baltimore City residents between the ages of 14 and 21 can begin the 2017 YouthWorks summer jobs registration process by applying online at

Each year, YouthWorks matches thousands of city youth to summer jobs with for profit businesses, nonprofits and government employers throughout the region. They develop workplace skills, learn how to meet employers’ expectations, gain exposure to career opportunities in high growth industries, and feel the pride of earning a paycheck. YouthWorks summer jobs will operate two, five-week sessions, the first beginning June 26 and the second on July 10.

“YouthWorks has proven to be a very popular and successful summer employment program,” Mayor’s Office of Employment Development Director Jason Perkins-Cohen said. “Baltimore’s young people are eager to work, and I encourage them to apply online to better their chances at a getting summer job.”

Youth Registration

The online application is the first step of the YouthWorks summer jobs registration and will remain available for Baltimore City residents through Friday, March 10, 2017. Everyone who applies will be required to attend an in-person certification appointment in order to be eligible for a YouthWorks job. These certification appointments will be conducted after school and on Saturdays from late January through March.

There is a limit to the number of YouthWorks summer jobs. Applying online and attending an in-person certification appointment do not guarantee an offer for a YouthWorks summer job.

Worksite Registration

YouthWorks partners with a variety of organizations throughout the Baltimore City area that serve as summer worksites. Eligible worksites are not responsible for providing the funding to pay YouthWorks participants’ wages, but they are required to provide close supervision and mentoring to ensure workers’ full engagement throughout the program. Youth are scheduled to work five hours each day (excluding lunch), five days a week, for five weeks.

Organizations can visit to read about worksite eligibility requirements and to apply to become a 2017 YouthWorks worksite.

Hire One Youth

YouthWorks’ Hire One Youth strategy provides an opportunity for Baltimore’s private-sector employers to help shape the future workforce by interviewing and hiring at least one responsible and motivated 16- to 21-year-old. These job-ready young people are to work a minimum of 120 hours during the summer at minimum wage or higher. Companies often choose to retain these employees past the summer in part- or full-time year-round employment. More information about Hire One Youth and a sign-up form can be found at

Make a Donation

Corporate sponsors, philanthropic organizations and individuals can support YouthWorks by making a tax-deductible donation. It costs $1,500 to fund one youth in a summer job, but contributions of any amount are appreciated. Online donations can be made at

For more information about YouthWorks, please visit


The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development is committed to building a strong workforcefor 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. In fiscal year 2016 MOED served more than 20,000 residentsat our career center locations, connected more than 1,200 people with computer literacy training at our digital learning labs, assisted more than 1,000 businesses with developing and retaining their quality workforce, and placedmore than 3,100 individuals in jobs at an average wage of nearly $12/hour. The YouthWorks summer jobs program offered 8,000 young people employment in 2016 at more than 900 worksite locations.

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