Success Stories

Meet William


William Durant suddenly found himself out of a job after 25 years working for a trucking company that went out of business in 2009.


Meet National Aquarium Baltimore YouthWorks Group

National Aquarium Staff

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.

Meet Tyrone

Meet Tyrone ImageTyrone Turner, a junior at Baltimore's Dunbar High in 2010, needed a summer job.

Meet Akkia


When Akkia Long returned to her home town of Baltimore as a young teenager, she discovered that she would have to repeat the ninth grade at her new school – W.E.B. DuBois High School. She was disheartened, didn’t put her best effort forward and soon developed poor habits that led to negative behavior. She stopped coming to school regularly, didn’t complete her homework assignments, and became pregnant.

Meet Marcia


For seven years after graduating from high school, Marcia Joyner worked in retail. Although she was able to move up the ranks of management, she never felt as if she found her true career pathway and needed professional assistance.

Meet Senita

Meet Senita ImageWhen Senita Robinson, a licensed foodservice manager, became unemployed in September 2010, she started visiting the Northwest One Stop Career Center at Mondawmin Mall every day to search for open positions and apply for jobs.

Meet Darius


Darius Tarbrizi was discharged from the U.S. Navy for alcohol abuse in 2003, just a few months shy of completing his enlistment with an honorable discharge. 

Meet Deric


Deric Richardson visited his local MOED One-Stop Career Center to seek employment services after he lost his job as a security guard. 

Meet Tavon


When Tavon Betts, 18, of South Baltimore arrived at the Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE) as a freshman in September 2007, he was reading at a fourth‐grade level. 

Meet Melanie


Melanie Roles of West Baltimore had her sights set on attending ACCE back in 2007 when she was starting high school. She was not selected through the Baltimore City Public Schools’ random lottery system, and instead started her freshman year at her zoned school – Dr. Samuel Banks High School.