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Mayor Calls on Businesses to Provide Youth Jobs

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urged businesses to participate in the city's YouthWorks program at Western High School on Wednesday.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is calling on Baltimore companies to hire local youths for the summer.

Rawlings-Blake held an event at on Wednesday to urge businesses to hire 16 to 21 year olds through the Hire One Youth campaign for Baltimore’s YouthWorks summer jobs program, according to a news release. 

"It is vital that Baltimore’s business community take an active role in employing our young citizens this summer," Rawlings-Blake said in the release. "This is not a charitable effort—these young men and women are poised and ready to contribute to the offices, hospitals, financial institutions, and production facilities that fuel our local economy. When Baltimore’s citizens work, the city works, and it can grow into the place we all know it can be."

The cost of hiring a young person for the time period between June 25 and Aug. 3 is $1,200, according to the mayor's office. Participating companies must employee youths for a minimum of six weeks at 25 hours a week.

The 2012 Hire One Youth campaign has so far lined up 42 commitments from companies for a total of 143 jobs and the YouthWorks program arranges about 5,000 jobs, according to a news release.

Keith-Edward Poppi Dickens March 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM
put back vocational training back into the schools so when the summers come the children will have some skills
Keith-Edward Poppi Dickens March 14, 2012 at 11:41 PM
put vocational classes back into the school system so when the summers come the children will have some skills........
ralahinn1 March 15, 2012 at 03:21 AM
I hope if the businesses do provide jobs for " youth" that illegals don't try to take them
Kate Schmelyun March 15, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Hi, I'm with the YouthWorks program and just wanted to say thanks for covering this! Also, here's the link for any businesses/organizations that want to sign on to participate in the Hire One Youth initiative this summer: http://www.baltimorecity.gov/HireOneYouth/.

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