Rawlings-Blake, Fry to encourage private-sector hiring of young adults

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry will announce the progress to date of Hire One Youth – the private-sector component of Baltimore City’s nationally recognized YouthWorks summer jobs program during a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, in downtown Baltimore.

They will encourage other companies to hire at least one job-ready 16- to 21-year-old after interviewing candidates to identify the best match for their workplace needs. Hire One Youth employers Wells Fargo and Johns Hopkins and selected Hire One Youth participants will join Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Fry to speak about the mutual benefit of this public-private partnership.

Each year, about 5,000 youths, 14-21, are offered six-week summer employment opportunities through YouthWorks, where they develop familiarity with the workplace, become better prepared to meet employers’ expectations, and gain exposure to career opportunities in a variety of industries. Despite the elimination of stand-alone federal funding for summer jobs in 2000 (with the exception of stimulus funding provided in 2009), the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development has continued to operate YouthWorks with city funding supplemented by state government, philanthropic, business and individual contributions. YouthWorks 2014 will operate June 23 through August 1 at a cost of $1,300 per participant.

Rawlings-Blake launched hire One Youth in 2012 with a team of local business leaders led by Fry to encourage Baltimore employers to join the city in creating valuable summer employment opportunities for Baltimore’s teens and young adults. Hire One Youth employers have the flexibility to hire participants beyond the six-week summer minimum, and many have chosen to hire them as regular full- or part-time employees throughout the year.

Businesses interested in joining Hire One Youth can complete the online form at www.baltimorecity.gov/hireoneyouth or call 410-396-JOBS (5627).

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