The YouthWorks 2017 Online Application has closed

Registration for YouthWorks 2018 begins January 2nd, 2018




YouthWorks is an initiative of the Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Employment Development that connects thousands of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 to summer jobs with private, nonprofit, and city and state government employers throughout Baltimore. Participants work in a variety of industries and gain basic workforce readiness and career-specific skills. Our partners include the City of Baltimore, State of Maryland, local employers, nonprofits, philanthropic contributors, the Baltimore City Foundation, and the Baltimore Workforce Development Board Youth Committee.


Payment for This Year

Wanna learn more about the debit PayCards and debit cards that youth will be received this year? Check out our FAQs!

Pay days for Session 1 (youth working July 26 - July 28) are July 21, August 4, and August 18. 

Paydays for Session 2 (youth working July 10 - August 11) are August 4, August 18, and September 1.



The YouthWorks program has completed both sessions for 2017. Please return to this page on January 2nd, 2018 to apply for YouthWorks for the 2018!



Baltimore City non-profits, government agencies, and businesses can serve as worksites for youth ages 14 to 21 can apply for a summer job through YouthWorks!

Non-profits and government agencies are welcome to receive youth summer workers ages 14 - 21 at no charge through YouthWorks as Worksite Hosts. Businesses (as well as non-profits and government agencies) who cover the cost of wages can have youth ages 16 - 21 employed with them through Hire One Youth.

Please return on January 2nd, 2018 to apply to host or hire youth from the YouthWorks program in 2018.


Worksite Host

  • YouthWorks participants are scheduled to work five hours each day (excluding lunch), five days a week, for five weeks giving a total of 125 hours. They earn minimum wage ($9.25 per hour) for their work.
  • Worksites may request specific youth to work at their site




Hire One Youth

The Hire One Youth strategy provides an opportunity for Baltimore’s private-sector employers to help shape the future workforce by interviewing and hiring at least one responsible and motivated 16- to 21-year-old. These job-ready young people are available for summer positions through the YouthWorks summer jobs program that often lead to part- or full-time year-round employment.

Working with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Don Fry serves as the Hire One Youth chair and supports Hire One Youth as a solid investment for local businesses.

Features and Benefits

  • You get a great worker!
  • All Hire One Youth participants are screened for skills/interests to match your workplace needs
  • You are given a job coach to ensure the experience is beneficial for all parties.
  • Hire One Youth workers are paid at least the minimum wage of $9.25 per hour for at least 120 hours
  • You can hire and pay the youth directly from your payroll or make a donation of $1500 per job to the Baltimore City Foundation and the City will be employer-of-record and process payroll needs
  • You'll be giving Baltimore City youth the change to explore varied career opportunities, gain essential workplace skills, get a competitive advantage in the workforce, and form valuable relationships with the business community

For more information about the Hire One Youth campaign, feel free to contact the YouthWorks office at or visit