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With Hybrid Program, Young People will Participate in Virtual or Onsite Opportunities

Amid the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Baltimore County will provide an innovative Summer Youth Employment Program that will offer a hybrid of virtual training and onsite opportunities.

“While we’re still in uncharted territory, we remain committed to providing our young people with opportunities to gain job experience that will be valuable throughout their lives,” Olszewski said. “Students with summer employment are more likely to achieve in the classroom and will be better prepared to succeed in the workforce. I want to thank our team for their ingenuity in providing this innovative option to ensure we can support as many young people as possible.”

Beginning July 6, Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides a six-week summer employment program for youth, ages 14 to 21, offering real-world work experiences. This year, students will be placed in either virtual or onsite opportunities.

Virtual participants will utilize an online platform called Baltimore County Youth Career EDGE to engage in customized work experiences focused on Baltimore County’s nine key industries (PDF). The virtual training will expose young people to high-growth occupations in the County and will better prepare students for entry into the workforce. Youth participating in the virtual work-experience will receive stipends for successful completion of modules.

Youth who participate in onsite opportunities will be placed in one of 12 Baltimore County departments, including efforts to assist with the County’s COVID-19 response to prepare and distribute food, as well as over 20 community employers. Students who participate onsite, either with the County or with a private employer, will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety training as appropriate. Youth with on-site placements will work up to 25 hours per week, earning $11 per hour.

Supporting Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program was a key recommendation of Olszewski’s transition team. In 2019, 194 youth participated in the program. Earlier this year, County Executive Olszewski announced an effort to grow the program with a goal of 300 participants.

Despite the impact of COVID-19, the County remains on track to meet that goal this year.

More Information

More information about Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program is available at: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/SYEP.


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.


Workgroup to Ensure Youth Voices Included in Efforts to Combat Climate Change

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the formation of the Baltimore County Youth Climate Working Group to better engage young people in the County’s ongoing efforts to adopt sustainable practices and policies to combat climate change.

The first-of-its-kind workgroup will convene high school students from around Baltimore County to ensure youth voices, concerns, and recommendations are included in the County’s Climate Action Plan and other sustainability efforts.

Consequences of Climate Change in Baltimore County

“We are already seeing the consequences of climate change in Baltimore County, and they will only grow more severe in the years ahead unless we take action now,” said County Executive Olszewski. “Youth voices are among the most important in the global fight for our planet because they will be the most impacted by our actions. We need their vision and passion to build a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Baltimore County.” 

Earlier this year, students in Baltimore County and across the world participated in the Global Climate Strike to demand action be taken to address climate change. By engaging them through this working group, students’ impassioned call for progress can help lead to tangible solutions at the local level.

Student Opportunities

Students will have opportunities to meet with the County Executive, Chief Sustainability Officer, and other members of the administration to share their perspectives on climate change, discuss how it impacts their communities, and to develop potential solutions. Recommendations and feedback from the Youth Climate Working Group will be incorporated in the County’s final Climate Action Plan.

This is the latest effort from the Administration to promote environmental sustainability and enhance community input into government.

In August, County Executive Olszewski named former Delegate Steve Lafferty as Baltimore County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Lafferty is tasked with leading the county’s efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change and to promote countywide sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability Officer will lead the development of county-wide Climate Action Plan, covering topics such as reduced energy consumption, promotion of green infrastructure, and sustainable growth policy.

Bringing Students and Young People Into the Processes

“We are thrilled to provide young people with this opportunity to share their opinions and ideas about the impact of climate change,” Lafferty said. “By bringing students and young people into the processes, we can make sure they are part of the solution today while inspiring the leaders of tomorrow to carry on the fight for a cleaner, greener future.”

Baltimore County partnered with schools across the county to recruit 20 students to participate in the Working Group.

The Youth Climate Working Group will hold its first meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017