Job Training for Youth

Youth Partner Programs

Youth Opportunity

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Older teens and young adults, ages 18-24, who are out-of-school and unemployed can connect with academic classes, GED prep, job training, and other services through YO Baltimore. At the city’s two YO Centers – one in West Baltimore and one in East Baltimore – young people can build on their skills and strengths to get back on track.

Learn more about YO Baltimore from Westside YO Center Manager Kerry Owings, interviewed on Maryland Public Television.

Westside YO Center
1510 W. Lafayette Avenue (Gilmor Street entrance), Baltimore, MD 21217
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Orientation sessions held every Wednesday at 10am (ages 18-24) 
Kerry Owings, Center Manager
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Eastside YO Center
1212 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm
The Eastside YO Center is operated in partnership with the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC)
Orientation sessions held Monday - Thursday between 9:30am - 1:30pm (ages 18-24) 
Liz Torres-Brown, Center Manager
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YO Academy
Located within the Westside YO Center, the YO Academy is an alternative public high school operated by YO in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools. Students are referred by the BCPS Office of Student Placement.
1510 W. Lafayette Avenue (Gilmor Street entrance), Baltimore, MD 21217 
Eugenia Young, Principal

YH2O: Baltimore City Youth Water Mentoring Program

YH2O 2019 Graduation

This program is open to Baltimore City residents between the ages of 18 and 24, who have a high school diploma or GED, are unemployed or underemployed, and not currently engaged in job training or post-secondary education. Acceptance into the mentoring program is competitive and is based on applications and interviews. 

Through the Career Mentoring Program, participants receive basic job readiness training, plus:

  • Water industry career exploration
  • Worksite tours and job shadowing experiences
  • Connection with a career coach/mentor
  • A summer job through YouthWorks
  • Opportunities to interview for full-time, entry-level positions

DPW program     Click here for Water Industry Program Job Fair photos

The Baltimore City Water Industry Youth Career Mentoring Program is a partnership initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Baltimore City Department of Public Works and the Chesapeake Water Environment Association.

For more information, contact:

Anthony L. Greene, Internship Coordinator
Youth Services Division, MOED
101 W. 24th Street Baltimore, MD 21218

Youth Partner Programs

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MOED partners with local organizations that offer proven workforce development programs for young people ages 17-24. Each program provides a small, nurturing learning environment with qualified staff to assist with life skills, employability skills, occupational skills training, and career development. 

We partner with these seven organizations to provide educational and career training services. To be accepted into these programs, eligible teens and young adults must be committed to completing the enrollment process and all program activities, and to attending on a daily basis. These programs are funded by the federal Department of Labor Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth grant.

BON SECOURS COMMUNITY WORKS HEALTH CAREER TRAINING provides selected participants an opportunity to receive CNA/GNA training as well as to attend the Pathway to Success job readiness and life skills training.  
Contact Kirsten Moore; 410-362-3373; 26 North Fulton Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

CAREER ACADEMY is an alternative public high school providing academic, youth development and career awareness services to students in Baltimore City. 
Contact: Darrell White 410-396-7454; 101 West 24th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 

CIVIC WORKS/YOUTH BUILD assists young adults in completing their high school education while providing on-site construction training experiences that provide housing for low-income families. 
Contact: Corbin Smith; 443-388-9017; 300 West 24th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

GREATER BALTIMORE URBAN LEAGUE offers an alternative education program to students attending the Excel Academy. Services include career readiness, job-placement and post-secondary placement support. 
Contact: Sharnice Barnett; 410-523-8150; 512 Orchard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

HEALTHCARE CAREERS ALLIANCE offers opportunities to train for careers in healthcare, Baltimore’s largest economic sector. 
Contact: Charles Milburn; 443-955-7536; 5607 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215 

MARYLAND NEW DIRECTIONS provides educational support and occupational skills training in Maritime Transportation, Distribution and Logistics; Apartment Maintenance certification and; Hospitality/Customer Service certification. 
Contact: Maurice Good; 410-230-0630; 2700 North Charles Street, Suite 200; Baltimore, MD 21218

URBAN ALLIANCE provides assistance to in-school youth in receiving their high-school diploma and connection to employment, post-secondary education and apprenticeships. Participants will earn credentials in the hospitality field. Contact: Stephanie Amponsah; 443-527-5759; [email protected]; 1500 Union Avenue, Suite 2100, Baltimore, MD 21211

Click here for additional information about each youth partner program.
Or contact Donnice Brown, MOED’s out-of-school youth administrator,
at 410-396-6727. 

Equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Grads2Careers: Job Training and Employment Programs

Grads2Careers helps recent Baltimore City Public Schools graduates begin careers by providing free job training programs to prepare youth for successful employment in well-paying, high-demand and high-growth careers. These graduates and Maryland High School Diploma (GED) recipients who are 18-21 and live in Baltimore City are eligible to take job training and earn certifications in a variety of fields, including automotive, biotechnology, construction, health care, information technology, distribution & logistics, and land surveying. 

The initiative is a collaboration among the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Baltimore’s Promise. For more information or to submit an application to join Grads2Careers, visit

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