Baltimore businesses encouraged to participate in Hire One Youth

The Greater Baltimore Committee and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development are seeking businesses to participate in the summer employment program Hire One Youth.

“When businesses hire a youth during the summer they are providing that summer job that is going to inspire the youth by giving them a genuine glimpse of their future as a productive worker,” Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee and Hire One Youth chairman, said at a Nov. 3 event honoring local employers that participated in this year’s program.

Fry encouraged participating employers to hire at least one job-ready youth in 2015, the program’s fourth year, and to recruit another employer to participate.

“That’s what this program is all about – it’s about the future and the hope and the promise that the young people provide to us in the city,” Fry said. “When you think about it, this is about as close as you can get to a real life hiring experience from a company’s Human Resources department.”

More than 100 private-sector businesses in Baltimore hired 500 youths for the 2014 Hire One Youth initiative. Of those youths, 44 were ultimately hired for full-time positions by their summer employers, Fry said.

Hire One Youth, the private-sector component of Baltimore City’s YouthWorks summer jobs program, encourages Baltimore businesses to hire at least one job-ready youth, between ages 16 to 21, for a six-week summer job.

One of those youths is Brendon Williams, a Hire One Youth participant who has worked at ABC Box Co. for the past two summers.

The 19-year-old Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, student said what he has learned through the program is invaluable.

“Working for ABC Box Co. as a box stocker has afforded me the opportunity to gain additional experience,” Williams said. “I believe I am a hard worker with professional work habits and can accept supervisory coaching related to performance.”

The 2014 Hire One Youth employers span a variety of career fields, including health care, hospitality/tourism and construction.

For additional information about the program, click here. Businesses interested in becoming Hire One Youth employers should complete this form.

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