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Waterfront Parks, Chautaugua 2015, Fatherhood Initiative

Topics include waterfront parks, Chautaugua 2015 at CCBC and the Fatherhood Initiative at the Young Parent Support Center in Essex.

Waterfront Parks – Baltimore County’s 200 miles of waterfront boasts 26 parks where you can access the water at no or low-cost. Take a peek!

Chautauqua 2015: Sporting Lives – CCBC’s Catonsville campus and the Maryland Humanities Council spotlight sports greats Wilma Rudolph, Babe Ruth and Jim Thorpe with free living history programs in July.

Fatherhood Initiative – The County offers helpful resources to Moms and Dads at the Young Parent Support Center in Essex. Find out about the services they provide.

To view streaming video of the show on the County website, select "Hello Baltimore County" on the left side of the page. Or, go directly to the Hello Baltimore County page at

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Interactive Sessions on Preventing Illegal Access to Tobacco

The Baltimore County Department of Health is inviting the public to attend one of four interactive sessions on illegal youth access to tobacco. The forums will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., between June 4 and June 18 at four Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) branches.

Discussions are scheduled for:

  • June 4, at the BCPL’s Cockeysville Branch, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville 21030
  • June 9, at the BCPL’s Rosedale Branch, 6105 Kenwood Avenue, Rosedale 21237
  • June 16, at the BCPL’s Woodlawn Branch, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, Woodlawn 21207
  • June 18, at the BCPL’s Reisterstown Branch, 21 Cockeys Mill Road, Reisterstown 21136

Although it is against the law in Maryland to sell tobacco products to youth under the age of 18, retailers in the state routinely violate the law, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Nearly all smokers in Maryland begin tobacco use when they are under the age of 18. Access to this deadly product often leads to a lifelong addiction to nicotine for youth. Over 50 percent of the retailers that were inspected in the County were in violation of selling tobacco products to minors in fiscal year 2014, according to a DHMH report.

“We welcome the public to join our efforts to help our youth live longer, healthier, tobacco-free lives,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “Come voice concerns, share ideas and learn about applying for a tobacco use prevention grant at one of our informal, interactive sessions.”

For additional information, please email or call the Baltimore County Department of Health’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program at 410-887-3828.

Funding for these sessions is provided through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Tobacco Enforcement Initiative to Support Synar Compliance Grant.

Youth Symposium logoBeatrice 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

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