A young man of our acquaintance was among the thousands of eligible Baltimore youngsters who had not registered with the city jobs program by the deadline for applications that passed earlier this month. He desperately wanted a summer job, but somehow never got around to filling out the forms available at his high school counseling office.
On Monday, he got a second chance when President Bush signed a $1.1 billion emergency urban aid bill to help pay for the cleanup after the Los Angeles riots and Chicago floods as well as finance more than 400,000 summer jobs for poor youngsters. Locally, the measure will nearly double the number of summer jobs Baltimore City can offer to disadvantaged teen-agers. Officials are now scurrying to find 2,500 more kids who want to work.
Our young friend had better hurry, though. Commonwealth Youth Services, the city agency coordinating the summer jobs program, was inundated with calls Monday. So many people dialed the 396-JOBS hotline that officials could do little more than take names and promise to get back to callers with more information. Teen-agers hired under the program, which places workers in non-profit organizations, government offices, neighborhood rec centers and community organizations, earn $4.25 an hour for six weeks' employment.