Hire One Youth

Hire One Youth Logo. 410-396-5627 HireOneYouth@oedworks.com

By the year 2020, nearly half of the U.S. workforce will be comprised of millennials. Will local businesses be able to find qualified candidates ready to fill positions soon to be vacated by our aging workforce?

The Hire One Youth campaign is an opportunity for Baltimore’s private-sector employers to help shape the future workforce by interviewing and hiring at least one 16- to 21-year-old who is responsible, motivated, and engaged. Job-ready young people are available for summer or year-round positions.

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) supports Hire One Youth as a solid investment for your organization, your industry, and Baltimore’s economy.

Program Model

  • Hire One Youth participants must be Baltimore City residents, 16-21 years of age
  • Youth are pre-screened and complete six hours of job-readiness instruction before being available for interviews
  • Each workplace is assigned a job coach whose responsibility is to ensure employer/ employee satisfaction
  • Businesses can choose to hire youth directly on their payroll, or elect to have Baltimore City serve as the employer of record and perform all payroll functions. The total cost for each Hire One Youth participant is $1500.
  • Hire One Youth participants are guaranteed a minimum of 120 hours of summer employment at minimum wage or higher


  • Hire One Youth participants are able to explore varied career opportunities, gain essential workplace skills and form valuable relationships with the business community
  • Youth gain a competitive advantage in the workforce as well as a connection to high-growth industries
  • Enlisting private-sector businesses increases investment in summer jobs, allowing the city to employ youth in greater numbers
  • Employers add qualified young adults to their staff

Sign up to Hire One Youth!

Recent News

Foundation encourages private sector to match support for summer jobs

Baltimore City’s nationally recognized summer jobs program, YouthWorks, continues to grow in popularity, increasing the need for employment opportunities this summer. In response, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has committed $500,000 and offered a second $500,000 as a challenge grant to be matched by the private sector. These funds will create more than 650 five-week summer jobs for city youth and young adults. But more money is needed in order to offer employment to all youth who have completed their registration.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Announces Expansion of Summer Jobs Program for Baltimore City Youth

With help of OneBaltimore, YouthWorks secures funding and placement to meet goal of 8,000 summer youth jobs

Youth Summer Jobs Announcement