With the March 1 deadline closing in, more than 10,000 Baltimoreans between the ages of 14 and 21 have applied for jobs through YouthWorks, the city’s summer jobs initiative.
The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) said 1,500 applied 24 hours after the portal for applications opened on Jan. 2, and more than 4,500 signed up within the first week.
“Once again Baltimore’s young adults are showing us they want to work,” MOED Director Jason Perkins-Cohen said in a statement. “YouthWorks continues to provide critical support for Baltimore City’s youth, their families and our communities.”
After the application process, job-seekers have to appear at seminars in the month of March to make sure their paperwork is in order. Those who get hired through the program typically work five-hour days over the course of a five-week session, from June 29 through July 31. Workers are generally paid $11 per hour.
Last year, the program found jobs for more than 8,600 young adults, the agency said. In the 2020 budget, MOED said it had the goal of increasing the number of placements to 9,000 people. Thanks in large part to a larger contribution from the state, the overall budget for the program increased by approximately $2.5 million for fiscal year 2020.*
The city spent nearly $7 million last year on YouthWorks, and received additional donations to help fill positions. WJZ reported last year that a $500,000 donation from the Annie E. Casey Foundation put 321 people to work, and $100,000 donations from JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America employed 126 total.
In all, participants worked at 650 sites across the region, per MOED figures.
At the end of February 2019, more than 14,000 people had applied to take part in the program.
The city encourages private companies, nonprofits and government agencies to interview and hire through the YouthWorks talent pool. More information is available here.
Clarification: An earlier version of this article said the city increased the budget for YouthWorks by approximately $2.5 million for fiscal year 2020. The budget rose by that amount due to an increase in funding from multiple sources.
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