Worksite Agreement

Worksite Agreement

Introduction to YouthWorks Summer Jobs

YouthWorks 2017 wants to identify area employers and partners, who are eager to be part of the City’s summer jobs program. Remember when you had your first summer job and how it made a difference in your life? When youth are constructively engaged, it reduces their chances of risky behaviors. Having a summer job gives teens an opportunity to earn money and provides first-hand knowledge about managing money. Students may learn about various industries by working during the summer, which helps strengthen their post-graduation resumes and gives them a head start on figuring out what kind of career interest them.

Young people who work during the summer months tend to do better in school, according to exit surveys. These students learn the importance of being on time and doing what is asked of them. These skills often transfer into academic achievements, once school begins again. In addition, teens that have summer jobs tend to be more confident because they’ve learned that they are responsible. Teens with summer jobs have a better chance of getting full-time employment upon graduation. By being conscientious and responsible employees, they make connections that can give them reference letters for college and/or other employers. Local businesses can hire high school students over the summer to fill temporary vacancies without paying fees to temporary placement agencies and can train workers, who may eventually join the company full-time.

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development has been providing summer employment opportunities for teens for over three decades—helping to staff the city’s summer camps, support senior centers, libraries, pools, parks and recreations facilities, public services and area employers. It’s the mission of Baltimore’s summer jobs program to enable City youth to learn valuable workplace skills and ethics, while providing vital community services. Participants identify areas of career interest and will have an opportunity to work in industries, such as information technology, healthcare, administrative operations and tourism, as well as environmental projects that protect and enhance communities and waterways and social services.

The 2017 YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program is designed to engage city residents, 14 to 21 years of age in having a productive summer, filled with work-based learning that helps to launch their careers. Youth are exposed (many for the first time) to the world of work that enables them to learn about the variety of occupations available, in and around Baltimore.

Each youth has the opportunity to work 25 hours a week, earning federal minimum wage ($9.25 per hour), for five weeks from June 26, 2017 through July 28, 2017 or July 10, 2017 - August 11, 2017.

General Information

During the recruitment and application phase of the program, YouthWorks staff will confirm eligibility and help determine an appropriate job match for each participant by carefully reviewing the applicants’ age, career interests, skills and abilities. To further promote “work readiness”, participants may assess their familiarity with basic workplace expectations using a standardized assessment called YouthWorks Employee Work Readiness Assessment. This tool will be used again at the end of the 5 week summer program to gauge the progress each young person has made in enhancing his/her employment readiness. For 2017, all YouthWorkers will be paid with debit PayCards instead of paper checks, which will be distributed to worksites by our YouthWorks staff.

The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Youth Services Division is seeking summer worksite applicants that offer city youth:

  • Worksite mentoring and supervision - YouthWorks participants must be fully engaged every day during the entire five-week summer work period
  • Work-based learning experiences.
  • Introduction to and preparation for the workforce.
  • Exposure to potential career interests.
  • A clear understanding of the worksite's mission and goals.
  • Instruction in, and protocols for, workplace safety.
  • Guidance in providing strong customer service.
  • An opportunity to contribute to their Baltimore City neighborhoods and communities.
  • Increases awareness about responsible energy consumption and environmentally responsible actions.

Worksite Selection Criteria

YouthWorks summer worksites will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Clearly stated mission  
  • Explicit work plan with fully defined curriculum/programming for the entire period
  • Accessibility of leadership via e-mail, texting and phone and the ability to file online applications.
  • Completion of a site audit for non-government agency worksites and, whenever possible, interviews with supervisory staff members with YouthWorks staff members.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage, accurately monitor and submit payroll data.
  • Variety of skills developed, range of duties and tasks performed.
  • Exposure to industry training beyond the current workplace.



Program Regulations

The following regulations have been established to provide equity in the distribution of available summer jobs and to provide a clear understanding to worksite sponsors of their responsibilities: 

  1. Youth must not be employed for the construction, operation or maintenance of any facility used or planned for sectarian activities or as a place for religious worship.
  2. Worksites will not be approved for participation if their project activities require youth to work outside of the Baltimore Metropolitan area.>
  3. Projects must meet the State of Maryland Child Labor Law requirements.
  4. Worksites shall not charge a fee for any services provided by MOED.
  5. Worksites are responsible for distributing written rules and regulations outlining daily requirements and site expectations, on the first day, to all trainees.
  6. Worksites sponsoring other MOED activities are required to adhere to appropriate rules and regulations regarding those programs.
  7. YouthWorks participants will receive the current minimum wage allowed by state law, and will be paid by the City of Baltimore.
  8. YouthWorks participants must work five hours per day on weekdays only, totaling 25 hours per week (excluding lunch breaks).
  9. Worksites must submit a statement of medical release for YouthWorks participants with physical limitations, such as pregnancy, allergies, etc.
  10. Worksites planning to operate maintenance or beautification projects are required to plan a second work activity in the event of inclement weather or an extreme heat index, which prohibits outside work activity.  The Mayor's Office of Employment Development authorizes worksites to close when Baltimore City declares a Code Red, (which indicates the air quality is hazardous for the general population) if there is no air conditioned space available at the worksite for youth and staff members.
  11. Upon request, worksites must schedule a time for YouthWorks staff to present workshops or other information to YouthWorks participants.
  12. Worksites must provide written permission with the worksite request for use of the facility where they will be housed. For example, if using a church, the pastor's signature is required; if using a school, the principal's signature is required.
  13. Worksites must adhere to all reporting requirements published by the YouthWorks program and will receive written approval to operate from YouthWorks.
  14. All worksites must report any incidents of misconduct involving YouthWorks participants.  These include altercations among youth and/or staff and harassment of any kind.
  15. Youth referred by the YouthWorks Office for participation in your summer jobs program must have a timesheet and/or notification of their work assignment. Youth must receive all work assignments from the YouthWorks office, NOT the worksite. Worksites that allow participants to work without their timesheet and/or work assignment slip will be responsible for the participants' pay.
  16. Youth are not paid for overtime or working on the weekends.
  17. Please Note:  If you are operating a year-round program and would like participating youth assigned to your worksite, copies of YouthWorks Application Receipts must be submitted by Friday, April 10, 2017. Submission of YouthWorks Application Receipts will not be honored after Friday, April 10, 2017.


YouthWorks requires that worksites have at least on supervisor per 1 - 10 youth workers. Failure to comply with this ratio will eliminate this application from consideration and/or closure of a worksite that fails to comply. All worksites must have a designated representative, who will provide mentoring, supportive supervision, written feedback on the performance and growth of each trainee posted daily. Youth should not leave their worksite any time during their assigned work hours without supervision, this includes lunch. The designated supervisor at the facilities that care for/supervise children must pass a full criminal background investigation conducted by the host organization. This person is required to participate in all mandatory YouthWorks sessions.

After submission of this worksite request, any staffing changes or cancellation on the part of the worksite must be immediately reported to the YouthWorks office at 410-396-JOBS (5627) or 410-545-1820.

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