YouthWorks provides Baltimore’s youth an opportunity to work during the summer season. On Monday, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced the launch of YouthWorks, a five-week program that provides summer jobs to young people between the ages of 14 and 21. Push also announced that she would be giving YouthWorks a $10,000 personal donation.
Both employers and private philanthropy are offering job positions and internships, with jobs being scattered throughout the city at nearly 1,000 different worksites. Over 14,000 applications were received from the young people in the city, in hopes to score a job in one of the available fields – tourism, hospitality, energy, construction, health care, government and law.When the program launched, it offered 5,000 summer jobs, but donations significantly increased after the 2015 unrest, allowing officials to increase the capacity to 8,000 minimum-wage jobs.
Pugh is calling on other companies to offer summer jobs to the Baltimore City youth, so the program can be expanded in the future. The Baltimore Gas and Electric said it would hire 25 high school students through its Smart Energy Workforce Development Program, which prepares young students for trade-specific, entry-level positions.
Plank Industries, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s private investment arm, is funding 100 of the summer jobs this year. The Annie E. Casey Foundation will donate $500,000 to the program and match donations to YouthWorks up to $250,000.
Anyone interested in contributing to YouthWorks can visit the official Baltimore City Foundation website.
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