County an­nounces Sum­mer Youth Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram

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Amid the con­tin­ued im­pact of the COVID-19 pan­demic, Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Johnny Ol­szewski an­nounced last week Bal­ti­more County will pro­vide an in­no­va­tive Sum­mer Youth Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram that will of­fer a hy­brid of vir­tual train­ing and on-site 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 Mon­day, Bal­ti­more County’s Sum­mer Youth Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram pro­vides a six-week sum­mer em­ploy­ment pro­gram for youth, ages 14-21, 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.

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 on-site 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 on-site, 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 about Bal­ti­more County’s Sum­mer Youth Em­ploy­ment Pro­gram is avail­able at: www. bal­ti­more­coun­tymd.gov/ SYEP.

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