Baltimore County Now
Beatrice L. Tripps
Senior Project Specialist, Division of Workforce Development
Department of Economic Development
To paraphrase an old saying, “It takes a village to make our youth employable and our County competitive.” In this case, it’s a network of Baltimore County youth service providers who meet on an annual basis to learn best practices for engaging, motivating and training youth who have been unsuccessful in school. Over the last 11 years, under the guidance of the Baltimore County Workforce Development Council and the Youth Council, the Division of Workforce Development, Youth Services, has sponsored an annual youth symposium to support the local network of youth service providers. This event offers the opportunity for providers to learn intervention strategies that help young people succeed in the mainstream. The overall objective is to ensure that every at-risk youth in Baltimore County has access to quality services and resources.
This year’s theme, Building Bridges…Shaping Futures focused on obstacles that prevent young people from achieving their educational and career goals. The Randallstown High School Navy ROTC kicked off the event followed by opening remarks from Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent spoke about what youth need early in life to be successful. WBAL sportscaster Keith Mills shared his story of the obstacles he had to overcome in his career.
More than 250 area professionals attended workshops designed to provide real solutions to the day-to-day challenges faced by at-risk youth. Participants came from state and local government including Baltimore County Public Schools, the Community College of Baltimore County, the Baltimore County Department of Social Services, as well as private, nonprofit and community-based organizations. This network of providers is committed to assisting youth with obtaining a high school diploma or GED, developing occupational skills and securing employment, training or post-secondary education.
Baltimore County’s network of providers is available to young people and their families to help them achieve academically and to become employable. For more information visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/agencies/jobtraining