Sharon Jacksonenrolled 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.
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.
Shavae Mannarrived 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.
The National Aquarium Baltimore has about 1.6 million visitors a year, and its busiest season runs from April to October. For the past three summers, the Aquarium has supplemented its staff by participating as a YouthWorks job site.