The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) and Department of Public Works (DPW) partner with the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA) to operate a career youth program with the dual goals of:
educating local young adults about the water industry and its career opportunities, and
developing a pipeline of future workers with the right skills to fill entry-level positions in the water industry
The program includes career exploration, worksite tours, job-shadowing experiences, connection with a career coach, and summer job opportunities through YouthWorks -- all tied to the water industry. At the completion of the program, participants should be well-prepared to apply for entry-level positions with water industry employers.
The 2019 YH2O program is open to Baltimore City residents between the ages of 18 and 24 who have their high school diploma or GED, are unemployed or underemployed, and are not currently engaged in post-secondary education or job training. There is no cost involved for participants; goal is (20) participants in Phase I and (15) participants in Phases II and III. Driver’s license are preferred, but not required.
Most activities are held at the MOED Youth Services headquarters at 101 W. 24th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. There are also field trips and job-shadowing opportunities.
This is a six -month program, divided into three phases. Recruitment and interviews for the 2019 program will be held in January 2019. Programming will begin in February, 2019 and run through August, 2019.
Phase I: Participants complete skill and interest assessments, take part in basic job readiness training, and are introduced to the water industry
Phase II: Participants explore a variety of career options available within the water industry, take part in job shadowing experiences and worksite tours, and are paired with a career coach
Phase III: Participants are placed in PAID summer jobs through YouthWorks and begin interviewing for full-time positions
OUTCOMES This program began as a pilot in 2015. To date, 51 Baltimore City residents between the ages of 18-24 have completed the Baltimore City Water Industry Career Youth Program and are employed in full-time jobs within the water industry.