FAQ
Youth

When is the 2019 YouthWorks Youth application open?

The YouthWorks application opens from January 2, 2019 to March 1, 2019

What do I need to apply?

All YouthWorks applicants must be 14-21 on June 28, 2019 and residing in Baltimore City. Once you've applied online, you will attend an in-person verification appointment, where you will provide the items outlined in this document

How do I know I've completed my online application?

If this is your first year applying for YouthWorks, you will receive two emails when applying for YouthWorks. First, you will receive an email to verify the email you provided. This confirms that you made an account on the YouthWorks online system, this does not mean that you have completed your application.
You must click the link in this email that allows you to access the application, which you can then fill out. Once that is complete, you will then receive an email verifying application completion. Until you've received both of these emails, your application is not yet finished.
If you are returning applicant, you will receive one email after application completion. You can access your application by logging into the account you made previously.

I completed my application and was verified, why are you asking me for more documents?

There are many reasons why we may ask for additional documentation. The main reason is that information from our system suggests that the name and social security number provided by a YouthWorks applicant contradicts information we've received in previous years for that youth. It may also be that we made a mistake in confirming your application was complete, which is rare, but happens for some of the 10,000+ youth that we register.

How much am I getting paid this year?

YouthWorks pays the state minimum wage. For 2019, that'll be $10.10 per hour.

I know where I want to work for the summer, what do I do?

If a worksite wants to work with you, you can provide them a copy of your YouthWorks receipt that you receive at the end of verification. They must then send that to us to request to work with you. This all must occur by April 5, otherwise we cannot ensure we can honor your request.
Be aware that a worksite must be a YouthWorks worksite to host a YouthWorker. You must have applied for YouthWorks and been verified to get a YouthWorks job.

It’s really hot today, do I have off? What’s a CODE RED day?

On days that are particularly hot, humid, and air conditions are significantly compromised, a CODE RED may be declared by the city’s health commissioner. On these days, YouthWorks allows some sites to be off if they are based outside and/or don’t have an indoor location with proper air conditioning. Baltimore City Public Schools also has their own policy for warm weather days. In each of these cases, youth are paid for the time they have off, if these conditions apply to their worksite.

YouthWorks will do our best to notify youth/worksites and post on the website when CODE RED days are in effect; however, the quickest way to find out is to call the city’s 311 helpline. Policies are subject to change and will be updated as soon as we are aware. To learn more about the CODE RED policy, the City Schools’ Warm Weather policy, and our utilities outage policies that were put in effect in 2018, you can download this document.

If I worked in 2018, when will I get my W2?

If you worked and were paid for by the City of Baltimore, your W2 was mailed in the beginning of January to the address listed on your 2018 YouthWorks Application. Undelivered mail is returned back to the City of Baltimore’s Central Payroll Office.

If you experience difficulties getting your 2018 W2, need a W2 for a different year, or need additional information you can contact Simona Nelson at simona.nelson@baltimorecity.gov or 410-396-3760.

Hire

When is the 2019 YouthWorks Hire application open?

The YouthWorks Hire application opens from January 2, 2019 to March 30, 2019

How is hiring a youth different from hosting a YouthWorker?

  • Participants are pre-screened for skills and interests and receive job readiness training before referring them for interviews
  • Employers can interview candidates and decide who you would like to hire
  • We provide a job coach to ensure the program is beneficial for employers and youth
  • Employers pay for the youth

Can participants work more 25 hours a week for 5 weeks?

YouthWorks welcomes providing youth as much work experience and opportunities to earn wages as possible. As long as you are able to cover the additional cost of additional time, we are here to support you.

Do I have to pay minimum wage ($10.10 as of July 2018)?

You are welcome and encouraged to pay more than minimum wage, but per state law, you must pay at least minimum wage.

What if I want to keep someone after the summer?

Please do! We have qualified candidates that are interested and able to stay longer than the summer. Please notify us if this is a possibility before the summer starts, so we can pair you with one of those candidates.

Can I sponsor a youth to work at another venue?

Of course, in this case you are making a donation.

To donate to YouthWorks, please go to the Baltimore City Foundation website Donation Page, fill out the form, and select "Mayor's Office of Employment Development - 855-00" under the Donation Programs section.

Do you have flexible payroll options?

Employers can hire participants directly, or Baltimore city can be employer-of-record.

The minimum cost for YouthWorks to handle the youth's payroll is $1600 per hire that is working standard YouthWorks hours: 25 hours a week for 5 weeks. Costs will be higher if you want youth to work additional hours or weeks.

Host

When is the 2019 YouthWorks Host application open?

The YouthWorks Host application opens from January 2, 2019 to March 30, 2019

Oh no! I missed the 2019 Winter Worksite Supervisor Meeting. Can I still get the materials from it?

Of course, here are the materials from the meeting. Click each bullet to download each item:

What will be different in 2019?

There will be plenty of big changes for 2019 that we are developing as we speak. Here are just a few:

  • YouthWorks will only be holding one session from July 1, 2019 to August 2, 2019.
  • Worksites only need to complete one timesheet each pay period instead of two.
  • We have a new and improved system for requesting youth. Learn about it here.
  • We've added some additional questions to our application to pair youth with second language proficiencies to worksites

Donate

How do I make a donation?

To donate to YouthWorks, please go to the Baltimore City Foundation website Donation Page, fill out the form, and select "Mayor's Office of Employment Development - 855-00" under the Donation Programs section.

Debit PayCard

How do I know if I'm getting paid on a debit PayCard?

You select your method of payment for the YouthWorks job during your verification appointment. The default method is the debit PayCard, but you could also have signed up your personal bank account or opened a Securityplus checking/savings account at your verification appointment. If you receive an assignment letter, your method of payment will be outlined on that.

During the job, YouthWorkers will receive their debit PayCard or a letter reminding them that they signed up for their pay on their personal bank account or Securityplus card.

When will I get my debit PayCard?

Your debit PayCard will be delivered to you at your worksite during your third week of work. If worked any hours this summer, but are no longer working by the third week of the program, then you must pick up your card from the YouthWorks main office.

Can I use my card from last year?

If you received a debit PayCard in a previous year and are working with YouthWorks this year, your pay for this year will not be tied to your debit PayCard from any prior year. The only exception would be if you activated your card for direct deposit and used its account and routing number to sign up to have your pay deposited onto. This is a work-intensive process, so if you don't remember doing this, then more than likely you did not and will receive your pay on a new debit PayCard.

How does my debit PayCard work? What are the fees and terms of it?

A document comparing the features and options of the three payment methods is available here. More specific information about your debit PayCard will be made available by mid-January 2019

Securityplus

How do I know if I'm getting my pay in a Securityplus checking/savings account?

You select your method of payment for the YouthWorks job during your verification appointment. The default method is the debit PayCard, but you could also have signed up your personal bank account or opened a Securityplus checking/savings account at your verification appointment.

If you choose a Securityplus checking/savings account, the debit card tied to that account will be delivered to you in the mail the beginning of the YouthWorks session. In addition, if you receive an assignment letter, your method of payment will be outlined on that.

In addition, during the job, YouthWorkers will receive their debit PayCard or a letter reminding them that they signed up for their pay on their personal bank account or Securityplus card.

When will I get my Securityplus debit card?

Your Securityplus debit card will be mailed to you before the YouthWorks session begins. If you do not work for YouthWorks during the summer, Securityplus will give you the option to keep your account for future jobs.

Can I sign up for a Securityplus checking/savings account after my verification appointment and receive my YouthWorks pay on it?

Yes, but you must do so by going to a Securityplus branch in person before the end of March and notifying them that you are opening the account for YouthWorks.

If you choose to open an Securityplus account after March and you receive a YouthWorks job, you will not be able to get your YouthWorks pay deposited into it and that account may not have the same flexible terms that the YouthWorks account does.

I signed up for a Securityplus account, but I got an email saying it was denied. What happened?

There are various why you may have signed up for a Securityplus account, but it could not be opened. To find out more information about your specific situation, you can contact Securityplus at 410-281-6200 (Toll Free: 1-866-472-2758) or email comments@securityplusfcu.org.

I signed up with Securityplus last year, can I get my pay into that account?

Yes, but you must actively sign up for that account during your YouthWorks verification appointment. If you do not, you will not receive your pay into that account.

To do so, you must follow the YouthWorks process for signing up with your own personal bank account.

To find out more information about the status of your old Securityplus account, you can contact Securityplus at 410-281-6200 (Toll Free: 1-866-472-2758) or email comments@securityplusfcu.org.

How does my Securityplus debit card work? What are the fees and terms of my checking/savings account?

More information about your account can be found on the Securityplus Account Q&A

Bank

How do I know if I'm getting paid on my personal bank account?

You selected your method of payment for the YouthWorks job during your verification appointment. The default method is the debit PayCard, but you could also have signed up your personal bank account or opened a Securityplus checking/savings account at your verification appointment. If you receive an assignment letter, your method of payment will be outlined on that.

During the job, youth will receive either a debit PayCard or a letter reminding them that they signed up for their pay on their personal bank account or Securityplus card.

Can I sign up with my personal bank account after my verification appointment?

No, it is too late to change your method of payment after your verification appointment, except in the rare cases described in the next question.

Oh no! My bank account closed, what happens to my pay?

If your account closes, you should contact YouthWorks as soon as possible to inform us. If you get in touch with us before your job begins, we can switch your payment method to the debit PayCard. If things take too long, we will have to pay you by check, which we will have you pick up from our office for each pay period.

If your account closes and you do not inform us (especially if it is between paydays), there is a chance you will be issued an off-cycle check, which will be processed on the Wednesday or Thursday after the payday, which means you will receive your pay late.

How does my personal bank account work?

YouthWorks does not know the specific terms of any particular accounts. You should contact your bank/credit union to learn more about the financial product your selected.