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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 basic 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. 

Congratulations to All who Participated in Virtual YouthWorks 2020

While many cities chose to discontinue their summer employment programs due to COVID-19, Baltimore was able to design a virtual job experience that was offered to over 5,000 youth between 14 and 21 years of age. The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development worked with our many partners to provide a web-based tool that included job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, academic enrichment and skills training. Youth worked four hours per day, five days per week from July 13 through August 14.

YouthWorks in the News:

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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 monthmore 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."

Khalil Taylor

Khalil Taylor, YouthWorks 2019

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." 

Employers and Donations Needed

HIRE 

Baltimore’s businesses interested in participating in the virtual YouthWorks 2020 summer jobs program can apply here.  Contact YouthWorks Private Sector at 410-396-6722 or [email protected] for more information.

HOST  

Non-profit organizations, community groups and government agencies interested in participating in the virtual YouthWorks 2020 summer jobs program can apply here. These positions are already funded. Contact 410-396-JOBS (5627) or [email protected] for more information.

DONATE 

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 2020 is $1700, 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.


Contact:

410-396-JOBS (5627), [email protected]

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The Baltimore Civic Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – donations to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. A copy of their current financial statement is available upon written request at 7 E. Redwood St., 9th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202. Documents submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage.