Department of Economic and Workforce Development
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Youth Programs

First Step, Inc.: First Step Youth Training Program

Contact Information
Lena Thomas, Youth Employment Coordinator
Phone: 410-521-3800
Fax: 410-521-3993

3527 North Rolling Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21244

10400 Ridgeland Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

Target Participants

First Step targets out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24 who have either graduated or are looking to acquire their GED. First Step provides services to youth are homeless, pregnant or parenting, ex-offender, or in foster care. Additionally, we provide services to youth and young adults who have dropped out of school and skills deficient high school graduates. 


  • Pre employment and career assessment
  • GED and basic education classes
  • Counseling and case management
  • Financial literacy
  • Employment placement and retention services
  • Labor market and employer information
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Supportive services
  • Support through youth mentoring
  • Leadership development
  • Occupational skills training

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Baltimore County Public Schools: Life Works

Contact Information
Extended Day Learning (EDL) Program
The Jefferson Building, Lower Level
105 West Chesapeake Avenue
Phone: 410-887-2270

Target Participants

The Life Works Program is an in-school initiative that strives to make ‘at-promise’ youth productive members of the workforce through creative and meaningful instruction and transition services. 


  • Accelerate credit attainment for early graduation.
  • Create flexibility in regular high school schedules in order to access more innovative classes.
  • Recover credits in courses already taken. 

Each student personalizes learning experiences by:

  • Controlling the pacing of his or her course work.
  • Collaborating with a highly qualified teacher to create a blend of learning experiences that includes independent on-line work, peer-to-peer group work and teacher-directed instruction as needed.
  • Accessing content from any location with internet access, including the EDL center, local libraries, comprehensive high schools, and at home.

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Catapult Learning Career Starters

7930 Eastern Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Phone: 410-285-1842
Fax: 410-285-7145
Jenifer Walter, Center Director

1055 Taylor Avenue
Suite 117
Towson, Maryland 21286
Phone: 667-308-2110
Lisa Blair, Center Director

Target Participants
Economically disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24 who have dropped out of school. Young persons must have at least an eighth grade reading and sixth grade math level.


  • GED preparation
  • Occupational skills training
  • Entrepreneurial and financial literacy training
  • Computer literacy training
  • Career planning
  • Leadership development
  • Supportive services
  • Placement services

This program promotes self-esteem while helping youth to achieve educational success and financial independence.

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Revised July 7, 2015

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