Underemployed, Michael registered at the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s Northwest One-Stop Career Center (NWCC) in July 2018. He had a felony conviction that was hindering him from finding adequate employment, and NWCC’s Re-entry Center specializes in providing workforce services to those previously incarcerated.
Ashon graduated from high school in 2014 in North Carolina and shortly after followed family to Baltimore. He struggled to adjust to his new environment and faced a lot of challenges with employment and stable housing.
Kyle Green graduated in 2016 from Francis Scott Key High School, not knowing what he wanted to do next. He tried college for a semester but it didn’t seem like a good fit for him. Kyle’s jobs were limited to entry-level positions with not much room for advancement.
Taisha Ellis Brown never imagined she’d lose her job and become homeless. Until May 2019, Taisha consistently maintained employment and managed to care for her special needs son and family. However, her demanding family responsibilities caused scheduling conflicts with her job and she was eventually terminated. This caused a ripple effect that led her to move her family into transitional housing. Eager to make this a temporary living situation, Taisha needed a job ASAP.
In 2018 Yolanda Beckett moved to Baltimore from Arizona to be closer to her family. She was interested in getting a job at Johns Hopkins Hospital, given its stellar reputation and that a family member was successfully employed there.
Students previously disengaged from school or work earn diplomas and face a brighter future
WHAT: Youth Opportunity (YO) Baltimore will host a special graduation event for its 2019 class of 30 young adults who chose to pursue alternative education after facing challenges in traditional school settings. Maryland State Senator Cory McCray, Baltimore City, District 45 will be the keynote speaker and address students from the Westside YO Center, the Eastside YO Center and the YO Academy.