Local politicians announce millions to support summer youth jobs

Martin OMalley YouthWorks Local politicians announce millions to support summer youth jobsGovernor Martin O’Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday announced funding that would support the creation of summer jobs for over 5,000 Baltimore youths.

The mayor and governor visited the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to jointly announce a combined $2.8 million in investments for the purpose of creating in excess of 2,300 summer jobs for local youths through Baltimore’s YouthWorks program.

YouthWorks, a program that is directed by the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, places young people between 14 and 21 years of age in six-week summer jobs with private sector, nonprofit, and state and local government employers throughout the city.

According to state officials, Maryland’s contribution includes $1.4 million to create over 1,100 jobs. Baltimore City is investing $1.5 million for 1,200 jobs. The Maryland State Department of Human Resources and the Baltimore City Department of Social Services each provide an annual $1 million grant to create more than 900 jobs.

Baltimore’s private sector also contributes greatly to YouthWorks, paying wages for almost 2,000 young people.

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