Johns Hopkins Gazette | May 4, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University May 4, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 33
Johns Hopkins to Fund 250 Youth in Summer Jobs Program

Contribution is the private sector's largest ever to Baltimore City effort

By Tracey A. Reeves

The Johns Hopkins Institutions formally announced on April 29 that they will provide jobs for 250 local youth this summer as part of Baltimore's YouthWorks summer jobs campaign.

In an appearance with Mayor Sheila Dixon at the city's annual career fair for young people, university President Ronald J. Daniels and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System President Ronald R. Peterson announced their intention to fund wages for the summer job participants. "As president of Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, I am aware of the vital importance of preparing young people for the world of work," said Peterson, who is a 2009 YouthWorks campaign co-chair along with Bishop Douglas Miles, clergy co-chair for Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development. "It's more important than ever that we support YouthWorks so that businesses can help develop the skills of young people now to improve the productivity of the future workforce."

Both Peterson and Daniels praised the way private employers and the city have come together to help young people during a time of financial struggle for many families.

"This is a terrific illustration of how the city and Baltimore's private employers can work together to address an urgent public need," Daniels said. "I am proud that Johns Hopkins is helping to answer the mayor's call to expand the YouthWorks summer jobs program in the midst of a very serious national recession."

Johns Hopkins has worked with the city for years to provide summer jobs through YouthWorks. In 2008, 186 participants were placed in summer jobs at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and several others worked for the university. This year, the health system will place 150 youth in summer jobs and the university 100, an increase that will help expand the city program. Last year, the program employed 6,500 young people, an increase of 20 percent from the previous year. Everyone who registered for a summer job was offered one. The goal this year is to be able to offer jobs to 7,000 young people, according to Baltimore City officials.

"Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University have been tremendous YouthWorks supporters throughout the years," Mayor Dixon said at the career fair, held on M&T Bank Stadium's club level. "Their generous 2009 YouthWorks donation represents the largest-ever private sector contribution to our summer jobs effort and will result in productive employment opportunities for Baltimore City youth."

Nearly 70 employers, including Johns Hopkins, conducted interviews at the career fair. The summer jobs program, administered by Baltimore's Office of Employment Development, runs for six weeks beginning June 22. The program is designed to get local youth, ages 14 to 21, working and earning money during the summer, and to expose them to a variety of public- and private- sector work settings. Employers, in turn, benefit by introducing young workers to their industries and helping them prepare for their future careers.


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