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Youth Services

Success in today’s competitive economy requires young adults to have the education, technical skills, work experience and workplace conduct employers expect. But, young people—especially those who face challenges such as homelessness, poverty or disabilities—often need a helping hand to get them on track toward post-secondary education and career ladder employment. That’s where Baltimore County’s youth workforce program is ready to help.

The Youth Services program engages eligible young people between the ages of 18 and 24 who have graduated or dropped out of high school and face barriers to employment. It helps them bridge the gaps by providing valuable education, training, counseling and work-based learning opportunities to achieve success.

Youth Partner Programs

Learn, Earn, Achieve and Progress (LEAP)

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) 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 their GED or high school diploma, support the exploration of essential hard and soft skills, gain an industry recognized certification, and acquire employment and work-based learning experiences.

LEAP Program Highlights:

  • Earning a Maryland high school diploma
  • Attaining an industry recognized certification
  • 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 in one of our four county-wide locations:

CCBC Randallstown Extension Center
(Located 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

For more information on enrollment contact CCBC at or call 443-840-5671.

Summer Youth Employment Initiatives

A summer job can be an important step on the path to a solid career, especially for teens who face special challenges. The Department of Economic and Workforce Development connects teens and young adults who are in foster care, homeless, or living with disabilities to an educationally-enriched program that combines work readiness training, college and career exploration, and public and private sector employment opportunities.

We convene and collaborate with dozens of organizations, schools and government agencies through partnership efforts aimed at increasing and enhancing opportunities for teens and young adults.

Here's how it works:

For Youth Participants

  • Complete a six-week (180 hours) paid work experience that fosters the achievement of the 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.   
  • Earn a wage of $8.75 per hour.
  • Work a maximum of 30 hours per week.
  • Receive training in financial literacy and job readiness.
  • Engage in career and college exploration.
  • Receive job retention support and employer evaluations.

For Employers

  • DEWD makes it easy for employers to participate because our program will cover wages, payroll, liability coverage and one-on-one staff support. Additionally, all employment forms (work permit, I-9 and tax) will be managed and completed by our department.
  • Employers benefit by helping support the development of our future workforce by providing valuable work experiences and an opportunity to increase skills.
  • Complete our online form to sign up with DEWD’s Youth Services Program to find out more about providing a summer job opportunity.

Resource Connections

Connections is a Baltimore County Public Library resource that connects children, youth and family’s to resources. The site has been designed to help you make a direct connection with the organization that can provide the most appropriate services for you. We hope you will find this directory is a useful self-help guide to the many services available in our County.

Contact Us

To find out more about the services provided through Youth Services, email Sherida Morrison, Youth Services Manager at or call 410-887-4004.

Revised August 15, 2017         


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