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, the Baltimore City Foundation, and the Baltimore Workforce Development Board Youth Committee.
The 2019 program offered 8,500 Baltimore City youth and young adults YouthWorks summer jobs with 700 employers at more than 900 different worksites. This continues Baltimore City's success as being one of the largest summer jobs program, per capita, in the nation. Learn more about the great accomplishments by Baltimore youth by checking us out on Facebook or Instagram. We are already gearing up for 2020 and appreciate your support.
YouthWorks needs your support. You can help in three ways:
Baltimore’s business community plays an important role by shaping the future workforce and getting great employees at the same time. The private sector, as well as government agencies, are encouraged to participate in 2019 by interviewing and hiring from a pool of trained, talented and seasoned YouthWorkers. Contact 410-396-JOBS (5627) or [email protected] for more information.
- Youth are screened for skills/interests to match your workplace needs.
- All youth receive job readiness training before being referred for interviews.
- YouthWorkers are paid at least the minimum wage of $10.10/hour for at least 120 hours.
- Companies can hire and pay the youth directly from their payroll or contribute to the Baltimore City Foundation and the City will be the employer-of-record and process payroll needs.
- A job coach is assigned to ensure the experience is beneficial for all parties.
Non-profit organizations, community groups and government agencies that would like to serve as YouthWorks worksites can register. Please visit youthworks.oedworks.com to apply. Young people will be placed in summer jobs with your organization and you will provide supervision and mentoring. These positions are already funded. Contact 410-396-JOBS (5627) 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 City Foundation. Please visit baltimorecityfoundation.org and choose Mayor’s Office of Employment Development – YouthWorks 855-00 – to make your contribution. Checks can also be made payable to Baltimore City Foundation/YouthWorks and mailed to MOED, 101 W. 24th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.
Special thanks to our friends at the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation for supporting YouthWorks through Baltimore Golf Week sponsorships.
YouthWorks in the News:
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.
View this PowerPoint presentation to learn more about the success of the YouthWorks 2018 program.
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The Baltimore City Foundation 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.