Greater Baltimore Committee encourages business community participation in Hire One Youth

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The Greater Baltimore Committee and the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development advocate for businesses to hire young adults through the 2016 summer employment program Hire One Youth.

“They (youths) get a chance to see what the workplace is like, they get a real life experience going through an interview process, to see what credentials are required and see where their skills apply,” said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee and Hire One Youth chairman. “The private sector gets to see what our future workforce is going to be like. We get to see what skills and talent already exist and what educational attainment has already been achieved.

“It is really important for the business community to step up and make this a part of our community obligation,” Fry said, “to help bring together young people, bring them into the workplace and show them what’s in store for them in the future but also to learn what’s in store for us.”

Fry made his remarks February 3 at the summer employment program’s 2016 kickoff event in Baltimore. More than a month after the event, more than 13,500 youths pre-registered for YouthWorks. More than 9,000 youths have qualified for Baltimore City’s summer jobs program.

Also at the event Mark Furst, President and CEO of the United Way of Central Maryland, presented a $35,000 check to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to help make this year’s summer jobs program a success.

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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. The program was highlighted in a December 11, 2014 Huffington Post article about the power of civic engagement.

Employers that previously participated are encouraged to hire at least one job-ready youth in 2016, the program’s fifth year, and to recruit additional employers to participate.

Last year more than 8,000 youths – 100 percent of those who registered – were offered a summer job.

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development’s strong relationship with the business community resulted in 180 private-sector employers hiring and supervising 744 youths and young adults through Hire One Youth in 2015. 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 employers span a variety of career fields, including health care, hospitality/tourism and construction.

For additional information about the program, click here.

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