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Youth Services

To achieve success in today’s competitive economy requires young adults to have the education, technical skills, work experience and workplace conduct employers expect. Young people—especially those who face challenges such as homelessness, poverty or disabilities—often need help to achieve post-secondary education and career employment. Through collaboration with a variety of organizations, schools and government agencies, we partner with efforts aimed at increasing and enhancing opportunities for teens and young adults.

The Youth Services Program engages eligible young people between the ages of 18 and 24 who have graduated or dropped out of high school by providing valuable education, training, counseling and work-based learning opportunities. To find out more about the services we provide email

Summer Youth Employment Program

A summer job can be an important step on the path to a solid career. Our Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) runs from July 8 through August 16 and places youth ages 16 to 21 in jobs to acquire an appreciation of the labor market, gain insights into their strengths as employable citizens and learn marketable skills.

Youth Participants

During the program, youths receive support from program monitors, caseworkers and facilitators from the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). Additional participation details are listed below:

  • Must complete a six-week (150 hours) paid work experience that fosters the achievement of 21st-century skills through work-based learning
  • Are generally selected based on a referral system set by the funding source, which may vary each year
  • Work a maximum of 25 hours per week
  • Receive training in financial literacy and job readiness
  • Engage in career and college exploration
  • Receive job retention support and employer evaluations

Employer Opportunities

The program covers wages ($10.10 an hour, for up to 5 hours a day and 25 hours a week, for six weeks), payroll, liability coverage and provides one-on-one staff support. Employers benefit by helping support the development of our future workforce by providing valuable work experiences and an opportunity to increase occupational skills. Other benefits include: 

  • Meet and interview selected youth to determine the best fit for your business. (Youth are prescreened and referred by the Department of Juvenile Services, the Department of Social Services, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Maryland Youth Connections and Baltimore County Public Schools.) 
  • Help youth learn valuable skills and gain practical work experience.
  • Tap into new ideas and fresh perspectives.
  • Gain the chance to build your staff’s supervisory and mentoring skills.

Additionally, all employment forms (work permit, I-9 and tax) will be managed and completed by our department.


Registration for the 2019 Summer Youth Employment Program has ended. Details about registration will become available in the Spring of 2020. To learn more about providing a summer job opportunity for the program, complete our online business inquiry form.


The CCBC Learn, Earn, Achieve and Progress (LEAP) Program provides young adults with comprehensive education and employment services to prepare them for success in the workplace and in life. The program offers youth an opportunity to obtain a GED or Maryland high school diploma, gain an industry-recognized certification, and acquire employment and work-based learning experiences.

Program Highlights

  • Adult mentoring
  • Leadership and development
  • Financial literacy
  • Entrepreneurial skills training
  • Understanding career and education options
  • Job readiness, time management, problem solving and tutoring support


Interested candidates would participate at one of our four Countywide locations:

  • CCBC Randallstown Extension Center (with the Liberty American Job Center)
    3637 Offut Road
    Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • CCBC Catonsville
    800 Rolling Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21228
  • CCBC Dundalk
    7200 Sollers Point Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21222
  • CCBC Essex
    7201 Rossville Boulevard
    Baltimore, Maryland 21237

This is a free program for those who qualify. Learn more about the CCBC LEAP program by calling the LEAP information line at 443-840-4292 or emailing

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Read the latest edition of our monthly "Youth Connection" newsletter and subscribe to the mailing list to receive future editions and information about helpful resources for youth. 

Past Issues

View past issues of the Youth Connection newsletter.

Revised October 3, 2019         


Department of Economic and Workforce Development

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