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.