Success Stories

Meet Chadras

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After she was hired, Chadras offered her back story: It included a history of depression, anxiety and substance abuse that held back the West Baltimore native for years. She tried on her own to get out from the quicksand but found herself stuck, time and again. Through the efforts of the mayor's office and three local nonprofits, however, Chadras says she feels like she has been "reborn." She's employed, living independently and dreaming again about life's possibilities.

Meet Joshua

Joshua In 2011 Joshua Uche graduated from high school. For the next year he just hung around, enjoyed having time off and not having to get up early. Then he started to want more for himself and when a friend mentioned the Eastside Youth Opportunity (YO) Baltimore Center, he looked it up. 

Meet Anita


When Joe Corbi’s Pizza closed in February 2015, Anita Berry found herself unemployed after working 18 years as a Production Manager for the company.  

Meet ACCE YouthWorks Group


The Academy for College and Career Exploration met a difficult challenge when their annual 2016 YouthWorks summer jobs greening project was moved to a new location. This summer’s YouthWorkers would have to start over after years of maintaining a well-polished green space. 

Meet Passport To Success

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On a stifling hot morning, a group of ten 14- and 15-year-olds huddled around a cluster of desks at Harlem Park Middle School in West Baltimore. They weren’t here for summer school—these young people were selected to participate in YouthWorks, a widely popular opportunity among local teens looking for jobs from June to August. This year, a record 9,400 youth applied to participate.

Placed at Baltimore City schools, the youngest YouthWorks participants earned an hourly wage as they maintained a clean campus and helped school administrators with special projects. This year, instead of getting straight to work each morning, youth spent a few hours learning and practicing life skills with a small group of peers. They trained using Passport to Success® (PTS), the IYF curriculum that has prepared more than 100,000 young people in over 40 countries for productive employment. This new connection to Baltimore youth comes as the result of a partnership with the Mayor’s Office for Employment Development and the Family League.

Meet 1B4J's Certified Medical Administrative Assistants

Certified Medical Administrative Assistants

As part of the One Baltimore for Jobs initiative managed by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Humanim created a program to train Baltimore residents to become Certified Medical Administrative Assistants.    

Meet Chanae


Chanae Boice is a 16-year-old living in West Baltimore and enjoying her second summer employed with a YouthWorks job.




Meet Alexandra

When looking for a job as a 14-year-old high school freshman in 2009, Alexandra Odom quickly realized that her options were limited. Though she was eligible for employment with a work permit, few employers were willing to hire someone so young. Alexandra eventually found a summer job with YouthWorks.  

Alexandra Odom

Meet Anderson Automotive Youth Opportunity Program

Anderson Automotive

The Anderson Automotive Youth Opportunity Program is a partnership between Anderson Automotive and Youth Opportunity (YO) Baltimore, a Mayor’s Office of Employment Development initiative serving out-ofschool and out-of-work young adults.  It's proven to be an innovative way to introduce youth interested in automotive careers to the automotive industry. This partnership not only meets the immediate needs of both the company and the participants, it also assists youth in finding a stable and rewarding career.

Meet Baltimore City Water Industry Youth

Water Industry Graduating Class

The Mayor's Office of Employment Development created a program to serve out-of-school and out-of-work young adults interested in a water industry career.