Summer Jobs



Summer Jobs


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Each year, 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. 

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As the private-sector component of YouthWorks, Hire One Youth is a way for local employers to join the city in creating valuable summer employment opportunities for Baltimore’s teens by hiring at least one young person. Hire One Youth:

  • Gives employers an opportunity to share their future workforce by hiring at least one responsible, job-ready Baltimore City resident between the ages of 16-21
  • Prepares ideal candidates for future job openings, especially if a company’s entry-level positions require specialized skills
  • Screens all applicants for skills and interests, and provides job readiness training before referring them to employers for interviews
  • Provides a job coach to ensure the program is beneficial for employers and youth
  • Offers flexible payroll options – employers can hire youth directly, or Baltimore City can be the employer-of-record
  • Can be customized to fit employers’ needs – there is no set wage or employment period beyond paying at least minimum wage for at least 120 total hours

YouthWorks Debit PayCard

This summer, YouthWorks participants will be paid with a Debit PayCard instead of traditional paychecks. Be sure to follow the set-up directions once you receive your card, so that your wages can be added and you can start to manage your balance. For more information on how to use your Debit PayCard, check out our FAQ, video or click here

Code Red Days

If the Baltimore City Health Department declares a Code Red heat advisory, YouthWorkers at worksites that are outdoors or without air conditioning may be released or allowed not to report to work and still be paid. There are some outside worksites that make special accommodations and provisions for YouthWorkers so that they may still work. If you are not sure, please contact your site supervisor.

Tips for a productive summer

If you do not receive a YouthWorks job assignment, here are some resources that may help you have a productive summer:

Free online classes that may help you get ahead in high school or prepare for college:

Great ideas for building job-readiness skills:

Don’t forget to use our career services.

Important dates to remember

  • January 3 – March 10, 2017: Online application period.
  • January 23 – March 31, 2017: Certification appointment period. Certification appointments are held after-school throughout and on Saturdays in March. Youth must be scheduled to attend a certification appointment.
  • February 11, February 25, April 1, 2017: Hire One Youth Academy for YouthWorks applicants ages 16-21 who are selected for possible private-sector job placement. 
  • April 7, 2017: Last day for worksites to submit youth receipts to request the placement of specific YouthWorks applicants with their organization.
  • June 26 – July 28, 2017: Program dates of operation - first cycle. (Please note: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 is observed as a holiday and youth will not be paid for this day)
  • July 10 – August 11, 2017: Program dates of operation - second cycle.
  • July 21, August 4, August 18, 2017: Pay dates for first cycle YouthWorks participants
  • August 4, August 18, September 1, 2017: Pay dates for second cycle YouthWorks participants

You can support YouthWorks by:

Becoming a Hire One Youth employer. Private-sector businesses that want to be Hire One Youth employers can learn more and sign up online.

Becoming a YouthWorks worksite.  Government agencies, non-profit organizations, and community groups that would like to serve as YouthWorks worksites can register online. Stay tuned for information on joining the 2017 program. Young people will be placed in summer jobs with your organization and you will provide supervision and mentoring. These positions are already funded.

Making a donation. YouthWorks welcomes tax-deductible donations to pay the wages of youth placed at public sector worksites. It costs $1,500 to fund one young person in a YouthWorks summer job, but contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated. YouthWorks is now accepting online donations through the Baltimore City Foundation. Please visit 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.

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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 10 North Calvert Street, Suite 915, 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.


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