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Baltimore Mayor announces YouthWorks Leadership Circle

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Baltimore City business and charities joined Mayor Catherine Pugh in announcing the "YouthWorks Leadership Council" on Monday morning.

This group is comprised of local stakeholders and tasked with soliciting donations and finding potential worksites for this summer’s "YouthWorks" program.

The program helps find summer jobs for young people in Baltimore aged 14 to 21.

Mayor Pugh said there are young people who not only want to work but need to work.

“Half the workforce will be Millennials by 2020 and it is important for businesses to hire youth to shape the future workforce,” said Mayor Pugh. “In Baltimore City, our young people have proven a desire to work and contribute to our growth and it is incumbent upon all of us – government, businesses, and foundations – to provide meaningful summer jobs for them. We are committed to making YouthWorks a stepping stone to create career opportunities as well as positive learning environments."

The YouthWorks program is in its third year. It aims to offer five-week summer jobs to at least 8,000 city youths and young adults in fields including energy, health care, hospitality/tourism, finance, construction, law and government. This summer the program features two five-week work cycles, starting on June 26 and on July 10.

The online period to apply has ended and Mayor Pugh said they have had a record number of applications for work this summer: 12,500.

Businesses interested in becoming a Hire One Youth employer can learn more and sign up by visiting http://www.baltimorecity.gov/hireoneyouth.

Government agencies, non-profit organizations, and community groups that would like to serve as YouthWorks worksites can register online at http://youthworks.oedworks.com.

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