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 advocates for businesses to hire young adults in 2015 through the summer employment program Hire One Youth.

“I am asking Baltimore businesses to participate in Hire One Youth in 2015 and take advantage of the opportunity to hire these tremendous youths,” said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee and Hire One Youth chairman. “When you hire a youth, you are investing in tomorrow’s workforce and affording a young person the opportunity to get a leg up as they begin their career.

“By building tomorrow’s workforce today, the business community is working to increase the region’s competitiveness,” 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. 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 2015, the program’s fourth year, and to recruit additional employers to participate.

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.

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.

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