Mayor Catherine Pugh launches Youthworks program

Posted at 9:43 AM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 17:55:30-04

For the third year in a row, the Baltimore City YouthWorks program will be putting thousands of city youth to work. 

This summer, 8,000 youth will have the opportunity to work during two five-week sessions, one starting in June and the other in July. .

The summer jobs program for city youth was designed to help find teens work in a variety of fields including health care, construction, finance, tourism and the arts.

Taylor Jones, who will soon graduate high school, was a part of YouthWorks during its first two years. She worked setting up classrooms and in a bank, where she learned budgeting skills. 

"Working at BGE at the age of 16 taught me two major lessons: how to effectively community with diverse group and how to become comfortable social environments," she said. "If every city employer would take the initiative to hire at least one young person, then we would change the culture and possibly lower the unemployment rate."

Jones will get her diploma in June and associate's degree in liberal arts. She plans to attend either Goucher College or Frostburg State University to study journalism in hopes of becoming a news anchor.

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