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Officials urging employers to contribute to YouthWorks program

Posted at 6:33 PM, Feb 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-07 18:33:43-05

Baltimore city's summer jobs program YouthWorks has already received more than 12,000 applications so far.

Each year the program matches thousands of city youth to five week summer jobs throughout the city.

Last year YouthWorks put 8,900 people to work. With the number of applicants up, the mayor is asking more businesses to help the program. 

"This is not a charity this is an opportunity for private sector employers to find their future workforce. You're not just doing a good deed. And when you've got 12,000 people in the pool, we can be certain that we have got a great young person or more than once young person who’s a good fit for your employer," said the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development Director Jason Perkins-Cohen.

The program is also accepting donations. Each placement costs about $1,600. Interested employers can sign up to contribute to YouthWorks online at and Baltimorecityfoundation.ord.