YouthWorks Summer Jobs


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YouthWorks connects thousands of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to summer jobs with private, nonprofit, and city and state government employers throughout Baltimore. Participants work in a variety of industries and gain workforce readiness and career-specific skills. Our partners include the City of Baltimore, State of Maryland, local employers, nonprofits, philanthropic contributors, and the Baltimore Workforce Development Board Youth Committee. 

YouthWorks 2022– The online application is open from January 17-April 1, 2022

CLICK HERE to visit the YouthWorks website.

YouthWorks 2022 will operate a virtual and in-person summer program from July 5 – August 5, five hours per day, five days per week, totaling 25 hours per week. YouthWorkers will work on skills that include job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, academic enrichment and other skills training. Registered youth will be contacted directly by email with more information.

Applicants must be Baltimore City residents, 14-21 years old on July 1, 2022. 

Employers and Donations Needed


Baltimore’s businesses interested in participating in the YouthWorks 2022 Summer Jobs program can apply here. Contact YouthWorks Private Sector at 410-396-6722 or [email protected] for more information.


Non-profit organizations, community groups and government agencies interested in participating in the virtual YouthWorks 2022 summer jobs program can apply here. These positions are already funded. Contact 410-545-1820 or [email protected] for more information.


YouthWorks welcomes tax-deductible donations to pay the wages of youth placed at public sector worksites through the Baltimore Civic Fund. The cost per job placement for YouthWorks 2021 is $2,000, but contributions of any amount are appreciated. Checks can also be made payable to Baltimore Civic Fund/YouthWorks and mailed to MOED, 101 W. 24th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.​

YouthWorks in the News:

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July 12, 2021: The Baltimore Sun writes: YouthWorks Summer Jobs program welcomes some youth back to in-person jobs in 2021.

January 25, 2021: Mayor Scott announces that registration is now open for prospective 2021 YouthWorks participants.

January 25, 2021: WMAR-TV covers online registration opening.

September 23, 2020: University of Maryland Baltimore News describes their 2020 summer intern program YouthWorks: Building a Generation of Change-Makers.

September 2020: University of Maryland Medical Center's YouthWorks Virtual Stay Safe Program.

May 27, 2020: Director Jason Perkins-Cohen talks about plans for the Virtual YouthWorks 2020 summer jobs program with Aaron Henkin on WYPR's The Daily Dose. Tune in at the 13:10 mark. 

May 20, 2020: Mayor Young announces the Virtual YouthWorks 2020 summer jobs program to begin July 13. Click here to see press conference.

February 5, 2020: In just one month, more than 10,000 Baltimore City youth and young adults apply for YouthWorks summer jobs. Deadine is March 1.

January 3, 2020: Director Jason Perkins-Cohen interviewed by WMAR-TV about how the increase in minimum wage will increase earnings for 2020 YouthWorkers. 

August 2019: JPMorgan Chase chooses YouthWorks to demonstrate how Baltimore City is a "Smarter, Faster, City." George Boswell, Morgan State graduate, shares how YouthWorks helped him learn workplace skills and choose his career in this short video, produced by Axios.

August 19, 2019: Loyola University Maryland writes about its YouthWorks experience, partnering with the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Baltimore City Planning Department and York Road Partnership. 

July 24, 2019: Second Chance, talks about their long-term success working with Baltimore's young people through YouthWorks. Read their blog.

July 10, 2019: YouthWorks employer, Veolia North America-Baltimore, talks about the benefits of providing summer employment to YouthWorks participants and encourages other businesses to do the same. Click here to read in Baltimore Business Journal. 

February 25, 2019: More than 14,000 Baltimore City youth and young adults apply online for YouthWorks with deadline approaching. Read the press release.

February 6, 2019: Director Jason Perkins-Cohen, YouthWorks employer Lauren Moeser from Howard Bank, and former Howard Bank YouthWorker Kayla Malone speak to the benefits of Baltimore City's summer jobs program on WYPR's Life in the Balance. Click here to listen.

July 2018: Director Jason Perkins-Cohen, YouthWorks employer Moalie Jose from Hazen & Sawyer, and YouthWorks participant George Boswell interviewed by WLIF's Gina Crash.

Youth Profiles

Adonna RobinsonAdonna Robinson, YouthWorks Alumna 2008

Adonna started with the Department of General Services through YouthWorks and is now employed there full time as a Personnel Associate II. She looks forward to advancing her career with the state as an HR professional. 

“YouthWorks helped me to establish a professional network that jump-started my career in government. I explored various departments to gain insight to what career I could see myself in. If it wasn’t for the YouthWorks program, I wouldn’t be where I am today."

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Amaris Medina, YouthWorks 2021

Amaris is a rising junior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School. During the summer she worked at Art With A Heart through the YouthWorks summer jobs program.

“We are learning about graphic design, video editing and using Photoshop and other programs,” Amaris said. “One of the projects we’re working on is to create a poster that promotes a tourist attraction in Baltimore.”

“It’s hard for people my age to get a job on their own. I think it’s really important for the city to offer YouthWorks. It’s important for us to be with our peers and learn together,” said Amaris. “I can tell you that I’m learning how to manage my time better and gaining leadership skills through team building. And I’m learning about other people, those of different gender, race or ethnicity -- learning how to step in other’s shoes and see their perspective.”

“This job is a good fit for me because I’m a very creative person. I want to pursue art and learn other programs like Illustrator and Animator,” said Amaris. “I try to find what I can enjoy and use that as a ‘charging place’ – that gives me energy to do other things. I think about my future and how the actions of this moment might affect what happens next.”

Khalil Taylor, YouthWorks 2019Khalil Taylor

Khalil Taylor loved his summer job working on a community arts project in his neighborhood. He plans to attend Maryland Institute College of Art and wants to become an art professor.

"YouthWorks provides youth opportunities to meet new people and develop skills that match our interests. I'm much more open with people in general and I've learned the value of giving back to the community." 


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