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