Obama Designates Baltimore as “Summer Impact Hub”

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The Obama administration announced Monday that 16 cities would be receiving a boost to their summer jobs program. Baltimore is first on the list.

Baltimore has been designated as one of 16 Summer Impact Hubs. That means the city will receive “tailored support … to enhance jobs, learning, meals, and violence reduction programs for young people this summer and year-round and to ensure that these programs are well coordinated.”

A statement at Whitehouse.gov explains further:

“These communities have each been paired with a Federal “Summer Ambassador” who will spend the spring and summer partnering with them to meet their locally-driven goals by leveraging existing Federal resources, breaking down agency siloes, and building new local and national partnerships. The Administration is also enlisting the targeted support of companies and philanthropy to create more opportunities for young people in these communities.”

The statement did not provide any concrete target numbers. But, according to the Baltimore Sun, the city’s extant summer jobs program, YouthWorks, is looking to enroll 9,400 residents between the ages of 14 and 21 this year.

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