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Applications for Youth and Employers Now Open, with a Goal of Growing by 50 Percent

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced plans to grow the County’s Summer Youth Employment Program by at least 50 percent, providing job opportunities to a minimum of 300 young people this summer.

“We are committed to providing more of our young people with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience,” Olszewski said. “We know from research that students who have summer jobs are more likely to do well in school, less likely to be arrested for violent crimes, and have an easier time finding a job as an adult.” 

About the Program

The Summer Youth Employment Program provides a six-week summer employment program for Baltimore County youth, ages 14-21, to provide real-world work experience. The program allows youth to work for 25 hours per week for six weeks. Participants receive employability training and paid work experience at private and public sector worksites. In 2019, 194 youth and 64 employers participated in the program. Baltimore County’s Department of Economic and Workforce Development plans to expand the program to at least 300 youth and 100 employers this year. 

This year, the County will be seeking additional financial support from private-sector employers. 

Olszewski’s transition team recommended expanding “existing summer employment opportunities for the County high school students.” The desired outcome of the program is to give more youth positive experiences that provide additional income, early work experience and essential 'soft' skills, such as self-efficacy, problem solving, emotional intelligence, collaboration and communication.

Qualifications

Youth who qualify must:

  1. Complete an application and submit employment documents (work permits, I-9 and tax forms).
  2. Attend job readiness trainings. This will teach interview techniques, work ethic and job retention strategies.
  3. Interview with your future employer.
  4. Meet employer expectations and fulfill workplace duties.

The program will run from July 6 through August 14, 2020. Participants will earn $11 per hour for at least five hours per day, for six weeks. They will be matched with employers based on interest, employer need and location. In addition, participating youth will receive support from program monitors, caseworkers and facilitators.

Apply Online

More information and applications for youth participants and employers are now online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/SYEP.


Permanent Protection to Maintain a Viable, Local Base of Food and Fiber Production for the Current and Future Citizens of Baltimore County.

Baltimore County is now accepting applications for both the FY21 Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) and the Baltimore County Land Preservation Programs.

MALPF is the State funded easement program which protects 24,719 acres of farmland in Baltimore County alone. Created by the General Assembly in 1977, MALPF purchases agricultural preservation easements that restrict development on prime farmland and woodland in perpetuity. The County program which operates similarly, was created in 1994 to preserve working family farms in the county.

MALPF has permanently preserved 318,215 acres of agricultural land across Maryland, representing a public investment of more than $752 million. With county and other state preservation programs, more than 963,700 acres of farmland and resource land are protected by easements in Maryland. This is the greatest ratio of farmland preserved to total landmass of any state. Baltimore County is also a national leader in land preservation and has consistently ranked in the top 10 counties for land preservation.

With 67,000 acres protected through various public and private programs, Baltimore County is over 80 percent of way to the goal of permanently protecting 80,000 acre of land in the County’s rural area. The purpose of the goal is to provide permanent protection of enough land to be able to maintain a viable local base of food and fiber production for the current and future citizens of Baltimore County.

To be eligible to be considered for either program, the land must be rural, meet minimum soil criteria and be at least 50 acres in size or adjacent to an already preserved land. Funding is limited so selection will be based upon the quality of the farm land, development potential, discounted asking price, and other factors.

Baltimore County staff is ready to assist landowners with their applications and encourages landowners considering applying to contact them early to begin the process as the application is quite extensive. For landowners who have applied in prior years, a new application must be submitted each application cycle to be considered for the sale of an agricultural easement.

The application period is now open and the deadline is April 17, 2020. View more information and application forms at our Land Preservation page.

Interested landowners are encouraged to contact Joe Wiley or Megan Benjamin at (410) 887-3480 before completing the application.


How to Request and Vote by Absentee Ballot

The State of Maryland has declared a special election for Maryland’s Congressional District 7 to fill the House of Representatives vacancy.

The deadline to request a 2020 Special Primary Election absentee ballot for mail delivery is Tuesday, January 28.

The deadline to request a Special Primary Election absentee ballot for online delivery is Friday, January 31.

Any voter registered as Democrat or Republican in Maryland’s Congressional District 7 may request and vote by absentee ballot, either:

  • Online: Voters with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID card can request an absentee ballot online or print an application. If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot online, the Baltimore County Board of Elections must receive a completed absentee ballot application either:
    • ​Submitted by mail by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 31
    • Submitted online, by email or fax by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 31
  • By mail: If a voter wishes to receive an absentee ballot by mail, the Board of Elections must receive a completed absentee ballot application either:
    • Submitted by mail by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28
    • Submitted online, by email or fax by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28
  • By submitting a signed application
  • By telephone: Call the Board of Elections at 410-887-5700.
  • In writing
  • In person: Visit the Board of Elections at 11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 104 in Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Note: If a voter misses the applicable deadline, the absentee ballot request must be made in person at the Baltimore County Board of Elections.

Find Your Congressional District

Only voters registered as Democrat or Republican in Congressional District 7 can vote in the 2020 Special Primary Election. Voters can find their Congressional District online or check to see if they are registered in Congressional District 7.

More Information

The 2020 Special Primary Election for Congressional District 7 will be held on Tuesday, February 4. There will be no early voting for the Special Primary Election. Voters can vote by mailing their absentee ballot to their local Board of Elections or by visiting their polling place on the Special Primary’s election day.

For more information about the Special Primary Election, contact the Baltimore County Board of Elections at 410-887-5700 or contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683).


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017