Job Training for Youth

Youth Partner Programs

Youth Opportunity

Older teens and young adults ages 18-24 who are out of school and out of work 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
Orientation sessions held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. (open to all)
1510 W. Lafayette Avenue (Gilmor Street entrance), Baltimore, MD 21217
Kerry Owings, Center Manager

Eastside YO Center
The Eastside YO Center is operated in partnership with the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC)
Orientation sessions held every Monday at 10 a.m. (open to all)
1212 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
Burgundi Allison, Center Manager

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
Ayana McLean, Principal

Future Surveyors Program

The surveying profession offers a career pathway to jobs with family-sustaining wages, high employee satisfaction and opportunities for professional development and growth. However, as with many other industries, the surveying workforce is aging. The Maryland Society of Surveyors (MSS) is taking proactive steps to address this workforce challenge by partnering with MOED to introduce high school students to the field of surveying through a new initiative called the Future Surveyors Program.

The Future Surveyors Program prepares high school seniors for entry-level employment as survey technicians. The program offers: one-on-one mentoring, job shadowing, and a five-week paid internship through YouthWorks. Students also learn about career paths to higher-level and higher-paying jobs in the field. Successful graduates complete the program with real-world job skills, an industry credential, and the opportunity to be hired by MSS employers. 

Click here for more information or contact Angel St. Jean.

Y-H2O: Baltimore City Youth Water Mentoring Program

This program is open to Baltimore City residents between the ages of 18 and 24, with a high school diploma or GED, who 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.

Click here to complete the application for the 2018 program and send it to:

Anthony L. Greene, Internship Coordinator
Youth Services Division, MOED
101 W. 24th Street Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 396-6722

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 five 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 Eric Clay; 410-362-3258; 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: Joseph Dodson; 410-396-7454; 101 W. 24th St. 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: Sean Thames; 443-934-6334; 901 N. Milton St., Baltimore, MD 21213

HEALTHCARE CAREERS ALLIANCE offers opportunities to train for careers in healthcare, Baltimore’s largest economic sector. Contact: Charles Milburn; 443-955-7524; 5607 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215 

NEW PATHWAYS, INC./1-2-3-GO! WAREHOUSE LOGISTIC TRAINING is an exciting opportunity that includes a full range of preparation services, training, and job placement support leading to a career as a Certified Logistics Associate.  
Contact: Joshua Harrold; 410-464-2600 ext. 202; 1045 Taylor Ave, Ste. 23, Towson, MD 21286

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.