Job Training for Youth

Youth Partner Programs

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.

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 
Federico R. Adams, Principal

YH2O: Baltimore City Career Mentoring Program

YH2O 2019 Graduation

The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development and Department of Public Works have 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 69 young men and women who have successfully completed YH2O since its inception in 2015.

YH2O is a six-month program which 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) 

YH2O recruitment and interviews begin in January 2020. The program starts in February 2020 and concludes in July 2020. 

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. 

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

Click here for more information.

Recruitment for the 2020 YH2O program is underway. Apply here by completing online and clicking the submit button at the bottom of the form. Applications are due February 14, 2020. 

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

DPW program     Click here for Water Industry Program Job Fair photos

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 six 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; 410-801-7133; 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; 3501 Brehms Ln., Ste. A, Baltimore, MD 21213

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: Lashonda Bolden; 410-366-5780; 1500 Union Avenue, Suite 2100, Baltimore, MD 21211

For more information, 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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