Despite its money crunch this year, Baltimore County still has summer jobs available for young people, especially those from poorer families.
Between 35 and 50 summer jobs, paying $4.50 an hour, are available without income restrictions through the county executive's office for young people 16 through college age to fill in for vacationing county workers this summer. Applicants may LTC contact public information director Carol Hirschburg or Nick Spinnato, an aide to County Executive Roger B. Hayden.
The bulk of available jobs, however, about 400, are for youths from 14 to 21 who come from families with low incomes by federal standards, through the county's Community Development Department.
The county is to get $657,093 in federal money, down 17 percent from last year's appropriation, to pay to hire the youths at minimum wage from July 1 to Aug. 9, said Gloria J. Sandstrom, program coordinator.
Young people may call 887-HIRE to get more information and locations for filing applications. They be hired for a a variety of clerical and outdoor jobs, including 40 who will work on ecological clean-up projects with the Maryland Conservation Corps and 60 more who will clean public areas around the county. Teachers on summer break will supervise the young people.
In addition, up to 60 youths who need remedial help in reading and math will be eligible for up to three hours a day of instruction during part of the summer.
Sandstrom said she's already had many calls about the jobs, which have been advertised in county schools.