Success Stories

Meet Sharonda

Meet SharondaIn 2003, Sharonda was an 18-year-old single mother facing multiple challenges.

Meet Marcus

Meet MarcusAs a child, Marcus dreamed of working in the science/math field when he grew up.

Meet Daquan

Meet DaquanEighteen year old Daquan's first YouthWorks summer job was in 2009 when he was assigned to work for Civic Justice Corps at Patapsco Valley State Park.

Meet Leanne


Leanne Tilton had not worked in corporate America in years. Like many people, she decided that caring for her aging parents was more important.

Meet Jamesha


Jamesha Perkins, 19, always wanted a summer job, but she felt like there was no hope for her or other people her age. 

Meet Christine

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Former Baltimore City police officer Christine Boyd was working as a coordinator at a local nonprofit in late 2010 when the organization lost funding and she found herself out of work.

Meet Taiwan


Taiwan Hill had been out of work for more than two year and desperately needed to find a way to obtain a job again.

Meet Sharon

Sharon Jackson

Sharon Jackson enrolled in Youth Opportunity (YO! Baltimore) in October 2005, shortly after dropping out of high school from City College. She reported that she purposely neglected her studies and her school grades suffered. 

Meet David


For David, working at Second Chance is motivating him to earn his high school diploma. “[This job] makes me want to strap down more and get my GED faster so I can move on to other things. I do want to go to college,” he said. 

Meet Shavae


Shavae Mann arrived at Youth Opportunity (YO!) Baltimore in October, 2009, with a long history of difficulties. In 2004, when she was 13 years old, her mother left her and her twin brother home alone and never returned.