FAQ
YouthWorks

When does YouthWorks 2021 start and when does it end?

Summer jobs begins on June 28, 2021 and ends on August 6, 2021.

How many hours will I work?

You can work up to 20 hours a week. Over 6 weeks you can work up to 120 hours total.

How much will I be paid?

You will be paid minimum wage, which his $11.75 per hour this summer. Be aware you will have some taxes taken out for Medicare, Social Security, and you may have additional income taxes taken out depending on what you elected to withhold on your W4 and MD-502.

When will I be paid?

The first pay date is July 23, 2021. The second pay date is August 6, 2021. The last one is August 20, 2021..

How will I get my money

That depends on how you chose to disburse your pay; US Bank debit PayCard, Securityplus debit card, or your personal bank account. Review those sections of the FAQ for more guidance.

When will I hear if I have a job?

We began mailing letters the week of June 5, 2021. You should hear from us by June 19, 2021. We will also email and text you.

Are the jobs in-person or virtual?

Because of COVID, almost all the jobs for the 2021 summer are virtual. You will be contacted before June 28, 2021 and given instructions how to work virtually.

How do these virtual jobs work?

Your letter will indicate the name of the program and someone from that organization will contact you prior to June 28, 2021. Much like a traditional job, virtual work will not all be the same. In general, you can expect to connect through your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. You will learn skills, and practice through various tasks. Some jobs will have an educational component or give you the chance to explore possible careers for your future.

What if I don’t have a computer or access to the internet?

We may be able to help you but you need to let us know as soon as you can. Email us at summerjobs@oedworks.com

I did everything you asked me to do. Why didn’t I get a job offer?

We believe that every young adult that wants to work, should have the opportunity to do so. We wish we could offer a job to all that applied for YouthWorks but there isn’t enough funding to meet the need. The pandemic resulted in 1000s of adults losing their job. It meant that many employers weren’t able to hire summer workers and government had less money to invest in programs. Many cities had to cancel their summer jobs program. We are planning to offer a job at least 7,000 young adults. We hope we can offer even more next year. We encourage you to reapply for 2022 and will make your hiring a priority that year.

Youth

When is the 2021 YouthWorks Youth application open?

The YouthWorks online application period is from January 25, 2021 to March 31, 2021.

What do I need to apply?

All YouthWorks applicants must be 14-21 on June 25, 2021 and reside in Baltimore City.

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 submitted my documents, 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 apply.

How much am I getting paid this year?

YouthWorks pays the state minimum wage. For 2021, that'll be $11.75 per hour. Participants will work 20 hours a week for six weeks.

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 approval email that you receive when we have approved your application. They must then send that email to us to request to work with you. This all must occur by April 23, 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 received an approved email to get a YouthWorks job.

Hire

When is the 2021 YouthWorks Hire application open?

The YouthWorks Hire application is open now until April 19, 2021.

How is hiring a youth different from hosting a YouthWorker?

Hiring youth is different from hosting for several reasons:

  • 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 20 hours a week for six weeks?

All sites are required to provide at least 120 hours of work to participants over the five weeks, but 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 happy to support you in providing more hours for any YouthWorker.

Do I have to pay minimum wage ($11.75 as of January, 2021)?

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. You can host the youth on your payroll or YouthWorks can handle the payroll if you send additional funds to support the youth's wage. Contact YWPrivate@oedworks.com to discuss further.

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. First, email YWPrivate@oedworks.com to identify the organization for which you want to sponsor placements.

Then donate to YouthWorks, by going to the Baltimore Civic Fund website Donation Page and fill out the form on that page.

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 $1,800 per hire that is working standard YouthWorks hours: 20 hours a week for 6 weeks. Costs will be higher if you want youth to work additional hours or weeks.

How do I get in touch with YouthWorks Private Sector team?

You can contact YWPrivate@oedworks.com for questions or assistance.

Host

When is the 2021 YouthWorks Host application open?

The YouthWorks online application period for host sites is from January 25, 2021 to April 19, 2021

Donate

How do I make a donation?

To donate to YouthWorks, go to the Baltimore Civic Fund website Donation Page and fill out the form on that page.

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 and how will I get my debit PayCard?

If you are participating in YouthWorks, YouthWorks will send you notice of how to expect to receive your debit card via email. It will arrive before your first payday.

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 you probably did not do it and will receive your pay on a new debit PayCard.

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

Check out the US Bank Focus Card Info Sheet for answers to quick answers to questions on how it works here. More specific information about your debit PayCard and its fee schedule (subject to change) can be found at this link.

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 when applying for YouthWorks. SecirityPlus Banking partners will contact you during their enrollment period so that you can open an account. If you are unable to open an account, you will receive a US Bank Debit Card. 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.

If you choose a Securityplus checking/savings account and 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.

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

No, unfortunately there is a 2 week enrollment period to register online and provide the necessary documentation.

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

There are various reasons 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. This includes getting a "Direct Deposit Authorization Form" from Securityplus.

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 at time of your application submission. 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. 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 you submit your application, 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 may have to pay you by check, which we will have you it to you 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 Friday 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.