Notice: Virtual YouthWorks Program

YouthWorks 2021 will operate a virtual summer program for youth from June 28 – August 6 – four hours per day, five days per week, totaling 20 hours per week. YouthWorkers will use a web-based tool that includes job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, academic enrichment and skills training. Registered youth will be contacted directly by phone and email with more information.

Additionally, we will not be holding verification interviews in person and instead expect participants to complete their verification documents during their application. Continue reading this page for more information.

If you would like help with your YW application feel free to contact the YW Helpdesk Email at or call (410) 545-1820.

Completing the online application

For 2021, participants will not have a verification interview. Instead, you must provide the documents outlined below during the application. While you can always save and return to your application later, we encourage you to be prepared before the application begins with all of your documents.

Check out this intro video made by Wide Angle Youth Media about the YouthWorks application. More videos are linked below.

Below is a list of items applicants need to be eligible for a YouthWorks job (hover/highlight each bullet for more details):

  • Social Security NumberSocial Security Card not required, but be aware of what your number is
  • Proof of Identity Valid Proofs of Identity must be scanned and include:
    • Passport
    • State ID
    • Driver's license or permit
    • School ID
    • School report card or record
    • Voter registration card
    • Military dependent's ID card
    • Permanent Resident Card
    • Alien Registration Receipt Card
    • Employment Authorization Document Card

    For Youth 14-17 years old on 6/25/2021:
    • Clinic, doctor, or hospital record
    • Parent/guardian signature on I-9 form (parent/guardian must be present at verification appointment)
  • Proof of Work Authorization Valid Proofs of Work Authorization must be scanned and include:
    • Passport
    • Social Security Card
    • Birth Certificate (Original/certified birth certificate bearing an official seal, not a hospital record of birth)
    • Permanent Resident Card
    • Alien Registration Receipt Card
    • Employment Authorization Document Card
    • Consular Report of Birth Abroad
    • Certification of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State
    • Certification of Report of Birth issued by the U.S. Department of State
    • U.S. Citizen ID Card
    • Identification Card for Use of Resident Citizen in the United States

    Youth who have been worked or been verified between 2013-2020 do not need to provide Proof of Work Authorization
  • YW Application Signature Page
    Click for Form
    Parent signature required if you are under the age of 18 as of 6/25/2021
  • Work Permit (if under 18)
    Click for How-To Guide
    Include the following answers under the "Employer's Information" section of the online Work Permit Form:
    • Company Name: YouthWorks
    • Street Address: 101 West 24th Street
    • City: Baltimore
    • State: Maryland
    • Zip Code: 21218
    • Telephone: 410-545-1820
    • Telephone Extension:
    • Type of Business: Public Administration
    • Supervisor's Name: Michelle Miles
    • Work Duties: Trainee
  • Federal Form W-4
    Click for Form
    Click for How-To Video
  • Maryland Form MW-507
    Click for Form
    Click for How-To Video
  • Federal Form I-9
    Click for Form
    Click for How-To Video
  • Identified Way to Get PaidScroll down for more details on the payment options available to YouthWorkers. You will input this information onto the YouthWorks Payroll Form.
  • YouthWorks Payroll Form
    Click for Form
    Click for How-To Video
  • Proof of Income (optional)
  • Resume (optional)

Orange items require parent signature if under 18

You should be able to fill out all completed documents above using a computer. If you are having trouble opening or typing into them, ensure you download Adobe Acrobat Reader (free version) by going to this page. You will not be able to complete these documents on a smartphone.

Click here for a checklist of 2021 application requirements

Online application opens January 25

The online application for YouthWorks 2021 is now open!

Youth can apply for a summer job from January 25, 2021 to March 31, 2021.

Returning Youth
Click Here to Login & Apply
New Youth
Click Here to Apply


The online application for YouthWorks will open from January 25, 2021 – March 31, 2021. Baltimore City youth ages 14 – 21 (on June 25, 2021) are eligible to apply. The program will operate:

June 28, 2021 – August 6, 2021

The steps below are different than previous years and will be necessary to apply for YouthWorks.

Payment options

Before applying, you must select how you want to be paid.

YouthWorks has the following three options for how youth can receive their pay. You can learn more by watching our YouthWorks Payment Options video by clicking here.

Debit PayCard

Existing Bank Account

We'll Help You Open a Bank Account



  • YW Payroll Form
  • Choose either:
    • Personal Check
    • Direct Deposit Authorization Form

Youth applicant must be primary account holder as demonstrated by name on the Check or Direct Deposit Authorization Form. These forms can be obtained from the account holder's bank or credit union.


  • YW Payroll Form
  • Two proofs of youth identity
    • Social Security Card
    • Birth Certificate
    • Driver's License, Permit, State ID
    • School ID/Report Card
  • (if 14-15) Adult cosigner
  • (if 14-15) Two proofs of adult cosigner identity
    • Credit/debit card
    • Social Security Card
    • Birth Certificate
    • Driver's License, Permit, State ID

Youth applicant must be primary account holder

Click to download a document comparing the fees and features of your options

Receive job placement notice

During the month of June, all youth that complete verification will receive a letter and email notifying them if they received a job or not. This letter will contain one of the following conditions (click and hold on each picture for more details):

You will receive a notice of your start date, location, and time as well as supervisor contact information by email, letter, and text* (if opted in).
The information you provided led to a discrepancy in our payroll system. This may be no fault of your own; however, we'll require additional documents to place you in a job. Once those documents are received, we'll be in touch regarding your placement.
While you have not been placed in a job immediately, you may receive a job offer when an opening becomes available. This happens if a job becomes available in the first week.
If you do not fit YouthWorks eligibility requirements (i.e. you are not a city resident or between ages 14-21 on June 25, 2021) you will not be able to participate in YouthWorks. You will receive a letter notifying you of this.

Get to Work!

Now comes the easy part! YouthWorks will be in touch regarding our virtual programs as the start date of YouthWorks approaches.