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Meet Eric

Eric Kelly

Five years ago, Eric did whatever he wanted to do – he was not bound by any rules. “I was doing stuff I wasn’t supposed to be doing but I thought it was cool.    

Baltimore City Public Schools 2018 High School Graduates Attend Job Fair

High school seniors to interview with employers and learn about workforce training opportunities

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The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools will host a Baltimore City High School Graduate Job Fair for approximately 500 high school seniors who plan to work immediately after graduating. Students will have the opportunity to meet with training providers and interview with employers for full-time jobs from a pool of more than 90 hiring businesses from sectors including health care, hospitality, information technology, military, retail and city agencies. Influential entertainers and Baltimore natives, Davon Fleming (NBC’s The Voice)and Lil Key (Lifetime’s The Rap Game,Season 2) will be in attendance.

Meet Devin

Devin Smallwood

“I was referred to HEBCAC in 2010 so I could study for the GED. I kept getting sidetracked and it took me until 2017 to finally earn my high school diploma,” Devin Smallwood said.

 

YouthWorks Helps More Than 1,000 Youth Open Checking Accounts

Baltimore City’s summer jobs program partners with Securityplus Federal Credit Union to expand financial empowerment programming; deadline is April 18 

Meet Donte

Donte Brown

Donte was not able to complete high school at Coppin Academy as he had planned. “It wasn’t a good environment for me to learn in,” Donte Brown said. 

Meet Angel

Angel Barrios

“I was in the tenth grade at Western High School and due to some family problems, I couldn’t continue there. I ended up in a community placement from 2004 to 2010,” Angel Barrios shared. Angel began attending a local GED class but did not complete the program. She was mostly hanging out with friends, who were drinking and leading a negative lifestyle. Angel knew she wanted more out of life than that and really wanted to pursue her goal of being a nurse.

Meet Kendra

Kendra

While trying to keep up with school and a part-time job, Kendra was also about to age out of foster care.  She had lived at the Board of Child Care for 10 years and moved into an Independent Living program that provides support services to youth ages 14 to 21, designed to transition youth from foster care to self-sufficiency.  Between school loans and apartment needs, Kendra was struggling to make ends meet.

Meet Khadija

Khadija

“Even at the slightest bump in the road, I get nervous. And that gets me motivated,” Khadija Murray said.

In 2010 Khadija gave birth to her daughter – the year before she was supposed to graduate high school. This may have been a deterrent for some students but Khadija thought, “I had a pet peeve about being a statistic when I was pregnant. I didn’t want to be a statistic, so I had to finish school.”

 

Meet 1st Choice

On September 28, 2016,
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st Choice Staffing held a recruitment event in the1st Choice
East Baltimore community at the Eastside One-Stop Career Center. Recruiters Kim Roane and Stanna Davis worked with Business Services staff from the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development to secure interview space, promote the jobs and assist job seekers with the 1st Choice application process.  

Meet Wandalee

Wandalee Spekis' Photo

Wandalee Spekis was unemployed and needed a fresh start. She always wanted to work in the cyber security field but didn’t have the training or knowledge of where to begin.   

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