It’s no secret that “Charm City” sometimes garners “uncharming” press. For all its wonders, our city has its fair share of warts and wrinkles. The youth of Baltimore are among those significantly impacted by the city’s challenges, with some trying to merely survive at the epicenter of the tumult. These young men and women need opportunities to help them overcome a myriad of obstacles on their journey toward adulthood.
Standing in the gap are programs like YouthWorks, the nationally-recognized employment initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. This summer alone, more than 8,300 Baltimore residents ages 14-21 will gain invaluable (paid!) exposure to a variety of industries while learning what it takes to succeed in the workplace.
Second Chance is very proud to be serving for the 11th year as a work site for this innovative summer program! Over 15 young men and women from within the city are currently completing five weeks of vocational (plus financial literacy) training under our tutelage.
The basic workforce readiness and career-specific skills are “better than playing video games” or “hanging outside,” according to a young man who participated in Youthworks for three years. “We learn to communicate [and] work together to get our job done better,” chimed in his coworkers. As you continue to support Second Chance, you provide these Baltimore youth with benefits that extend far beyond the summer!
You’ll see these trainees in action if you’re shopping weekdays between 10a.m. and 3:30p.m. Maybe you can offer a smile, pat on the back or word of encouragement, too? These youth need and deserve all of our support as they take these constructive steps toward becoming responsible, contributing and fulfilled adults.
Working with you to keep the “charm” in Charm City,