Three weeks after business and community leaders and government officials urged Baltimore businesses to help close placement and funding gaps for a summer youth employment program, they announced those gaps have been closed.
“I am very proud to announce that we have met our goal,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at a June 24 news conference in front of city hall in Baltimore. “We have raised the funds and found the job placements to host all 8,000 young people who completed their registration this year.”
“What a great day for Baltimore, what a great day for Baltimore’s young people, what a great day for the future workforce of Baltimore,” Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry said at the news conference. “That’s what summer jobs is all about – it’s providing an opportunity for young people, maybe for the first time, to be able to earn money, to be on the job site, to learn some of those skills that are important as well as to learn a little bit about what their future employment opportunities might be.
“For the business community it’s also a great benefit,” Fry said, “because we will have an opportunity to see what the future workforce of Baltimore will be.”
YouthWorks is Baltimore’s summer jobs program for youths ages 14 to 21. The program runs for five weeks. The first session is from June 29 through July 31; a second, five-week session will begin on July 13.
The cost of fund one youth in a YouthWorks summer job is $1,500. Meanwhile, private companies provide summer job opportunities through Hire One Youth.