Youth Summer Jobs the Focus of Visit to MICA by Governor O’Malley and Mayor Rawlings-Blake
The State and City provide significant funding to support employment opportunities for more than 5,000 Baltimore youth this summer
Baltimore, Maryland () – , , Governor Martin O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will visit the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to announce funding for youth summer jobs and meet 20 young people working at MICA through Baltimore City’s YouthWorks program.
WHERE: MICA, 1300 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21217
BACKGROUND: YouthWorks is Baltimore City’s summer jobs program, which places young people between the ages of 14 and 21 in six-week summer jobs with private sector, nonprofit, and city and state government employers throughout the city. Through summer work experiences, teens and young adults develop familiarity with the workplace, become better prepared to meet employers’ expectations, and gain exposure to career opportunities in the Baltimore metropolitan area’s high growth industries. YouthWorks is operated by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, with the assistance of employers and workforce partners, and with financial support from a variety of contributors. YouthWorks 2013 began June 24 and will run through .
Through YouthWorks and its Hire One Youth component, more than 5,000 young people have been offered employment opportunities this summer. Working at more than 545 worksites across the city, they are earning paychecks through funding provided by the state and city, as well as from private businesses, philanthropic foundations and individuals.
Hire One Youth was launched by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in 2012 to challenge Baltimore employers to join Baltimore City in creating valuable private sector summer employment opportunities for Baltimore’s older YouthWorks participants. The Mayor reintroduced the campaign this year with the support of a Hire One Youth Leadership Team made up of local business leaders and chaired by Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. To date, 300 young people have been hired by 120 employers to work during the summer through Hire One Youth.
In its first year participating in YouthWorks, MICA is supporting both efforts. The school directly hired 10 students through Hire One Youth, and is serving as a YouthWorks worksite for an additional 10. Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from all 50 states and 57 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.