Job Training for Youth

Youth Partner Programs

Youth Centers Are Open | Walk-ins Welcome!

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) is happy to welcome job seekers to our Career Centers either in-person or by appointment.

Contact the nearest MOED Center to receive information about our services:

Eastside One-Stop Career – Center 3001 East Madison St., (410) 396-9030 
Northwest One-Stop Career Center – 2401 Liberty Heights Ave., (410) 396-7873
Youth Opportunity Center – 1510 West Lafayette Ave., (410) 545-6953

If you are not interested in in-person, center appointments or remote services, follow the links below to select the best service for you. 

YH2O: Baltimore City Career Mentoring Program

Recruitment for YH2O 2022

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The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development and Department of Public Works has partnered with the Chesapeake Water Environment Association to design and operate the YH2O Career Mentoring Program. YH2O is for Baltimore City residents, ages 18-24, who have a high school diploma or GED, are unemployed or underemployed, and, are not currently enrolled in a job training program or post-secondary education. Baltimore City is proud of the 96 young men and women who have successfully completed YH2O since its inception in 2015.



Curtis Landen, Internship Coordinator
Youth Services Division, MOED
101 W. 24th Street Baltimore, MD 21218

What is YH2O?

YH2O is a six-month program that prepares young adults to be employed in full-time jobs within the water industry at the completion of the program. The goals of YH2O are to:

  • Educate Baltimore City young adults about the water industry and its career opportunities
  • Develop a pipeline of future workers with the right skills to fill entry-level positions in the water industry

YH2O consists of 3 phases including:

  • Phase I: Participants complete skill and interest assessments, take part in basic job readiness training, and are introduced to the water industry. (Time commitment: 2 days/week, 3 hours each day, for 9 weeks) 
  • Phase II: Participants explore a variety of career options available within the water industry, take part in job shadowing experiences and worksite tours, and, are paired with a career coach. (Time commitment: 2 days/week, 3 hours each day, for 10 weeks) 
  • Phase III: Participants are placed in PAID summer jobs through YouthWorks and begin interviewing for full-time positions. (Time commitment: 5 days/week, 5 hours each day for 5 weeks) 

Where is YH2O held? 
Most YH2O activities are held at the MOED Youth Services headquarters located at 101 W. 24th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Field trips and job-shadowing will be held offsite. 

Why should I apply? 
Baltimore City’s water industry offers immediate full-time entry-level job opportunities with the potential for career growth and advancement. YH2O Participants will receive:

  • Job Readiness and Hands-on Training
  • Worksite Tours
  • Job Shadowing
  • Summer Jobs through YouthWorks
  • Water Industry Career Exploration
  • An Individual Career Coach

Youth Profiles


Kristen Conaway has joined the 2020 YH2O class and looks forward to moving from having a job to having a long-term productive career. 

“I’m going to be learning a lot of things that I can take with me into the future -- like knowing how to communicate in an expanded environment and learning to set and accomplish weekly goals." 


Lamonte Sherman has had plenty of jobs but considered them all dead ends. He is looking forward to starting a career with the city and being prepared for global opportunities in the water industry.

“Mr. Greene [Internship Coordinator] is helping us make changes in our lives. He’s affected each of us individually and is bringing us together as a team." 


DPW program  Water Industry Program Job Fair photos

Youth Opportunity (YO) Baltimore

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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.



Westside YO Center
1510 W. Lafayette Avenue (Gilmor Street entrance), Baltimore, MD 21217
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Orientation sessions are held every Wednesday at 10 am (ages 18-24) 
Tavon Thomas, Program Manager

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Eastside YO Center
1212 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5pm (Walk- Ins 9:30AM to 4PM)
Ninah Bell, MSW- Program Director
410-732-2661/ 410- 759-8170
The Eastside YO Center is operated in partnership with the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC)
Orientation sessions held every Friday at 11AM. (Ages 18 to 24)
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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 
Federico R. Adams, Principal

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 awarded 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 attend on a daily basis. These programs are funded by the federal Department of Labor Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth grant.


CAREER CLUBS at selected Baltimore City high schools provide youth development, workforce training, paid internships, and post-graduation opportunities to high school seniors.  
Contact: Darrell White; 410-396-7454; 101 West 24th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 

AMERICA WORKS OF MARYLAND, INC. provides work readiness training, vocational training, career placement, career advancement, and employment retention services.
Contact: Trinity Cook; 410-625-9675; 1 North Charles Street, Suite 500, Baltimore, MD 21201

URBAN ALLIANCE serves in-school youth and assists them in receiving their high school diploma, provides in-house professional training and paid internships in business services, and delivers specialized training in entrepreneurship. 
Contact: Kylie Stewart; 410-366-5780; 1500 Union Avenue, Suite 2100, Baltimore, MD 21211


BON SECOURS COMMUNITY WORKS HEALTH CAREER TRAINING provides selected participants an opportunity to partner with IT Works Learning Center to receive CNA/GNA training, certification, and job placement as well as to attend the
Pathway to Success job readiness and life skills training.
Contact Melanice Aiken; 410-801-5100; 31 S. Payson Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

CATHOLIC CHARITIES LEVEL UP provides workforce opportunities in the following industries: Automotive Technician Training - Vehicle for Change will expand hands-on automotive technician training and; Childcare - Catholic Charities Head Start of Baltimore will provide exemplary training for participants interested in early childhood care.
Contact: Mark Saunders; 677-600-3541; 320 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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. Youth will earn the industry-recognized Home Builders Institute Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Certification (HBI-PACT) as well as OSHA and Sherwin Williams painter certifications. Participants will be connected to apprenticeship programs and full-time employment in jobs paying a living wage. Contact: Kenisha Jenkins Lee; 410-366-8533; 2701 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213

HEALTHCARE CAREERS ALLIANCE (HCA) offers the opportunity to train for careers in healthcare. Participants receive certification and on-the-job training as clerical associates, client service representatives, nursing assistants, dietary aides, distribution clerks, environmental service workers, linen and laundry service workers, medical records clerks, medical transporters, and patient transporters.
Contact: Charles Milburn; 443-955-7536; 5607 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215

INTERSECTION OF CHANGE STRENGTH TO LOVE II’s THRIVE Workforce Development Program will offer certifications in Construction Pre-Apprenticeship, Warehouse Logistics, and Customer Service. The program offers workforce development, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Training will be available in Construction Pre-Apprenticeship (8.5 weeks), Warehouse Logistics (6 weeks), and Customer Service (10 weeks).
Contact: Marlene Clarke; 410-728-2227; 1947 Pennsylvania Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

NATIONAL CENTER ON INSTITUTIONS & ALTERNATIVES (NCIA) will offer vocational training and job placement in the areas of automotive repair, HVAC, commercial driving (CDL-Class B), and Unmanned Drone Piloting.
Contact: Eric Brown; 443-780-1300; 7130 Rutherford Road, Baltimore, MD 21244

MARYLAND NEW DIRECTIONS offers educational support and occupational skills training in the areas of Maritime Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (MTDL) Training Program and the Commercial Transportation Careers Training Program, Commercial Passenger Transportation/Licensure, Apartment Maintenance Certification (with the Maryland Multi-housing Association), and Hospitality/Customer Service Certification.
Contact: Maurice Good; 410-230-0630; 2700 N. Charles Street, Suite 200; Baltimore, MD 21218

For more information, contact Joe Smith, Program Manager - WIOA Youth 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

G2CGrads2Careers 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, visit Grads2Careers.

Additional Resources 

Snag a Job - Search for part-time jobs and internships
BCCC GED Test Preparation Page
Baltimore City Community College offers virtual and in-person GED prep classes to individuals who are 18+ years of age.
AmeriCorps Website - AmeriCorps provides opportunities for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to give their time and talent to strengthen communities.
Intelligent a free online platform that ranks colleges and programs across the country and provides guides to help students in their educational journey and successfully transition from college to the workforce.