Baltimore County has recruited 450 applicants for this year's federally funded summer jobs program for poor youths after only one weekend of trying.
The county has money for 850 of the $4.25-an-hour jobs, half the number that would have been available if President Clinton's economic stimulus package had been approved by Congress.
On Monday night, the County Council is set to approve the $1.1 million already authorized to pay for the summer jobs. Frank W. Welsh, the county's community development director, said after yesterday's work session that he's still hopeful that the summer jobs portion of the president's plan can be salvaged.
John M. Wasilisin, administrator of the county employment and training office, said 450 young people applied for the jobs at sessions held at Woodlawn High and Stemmers Run middle schools last weekend.
This Saturday, applications will be accepted at Dundalk and Lansdowne Middle schools, and at Loch Raven High School near Towson, said Gloria Sandstrom, county summer jobs coordinator.
Youths from age 14 to 21 are eligible for the seven-week program if they come from low-income families or have physical or learning disabilities. For a family of four, for example, income cannot exceed $16,360.
The summer jobs begin June 28. Those employed by the program will work 34 hours a week. Typically the jobs include repairing county parks facilities, cleaning streams, beaches and streets, working at libraries, day care centers, and doing other clerical jobs in county offices.
Half-day remedial classes in math and English will be available, along with two new programs designed to help teens learn more about career choices and bolster their academic performance, Ms. Sandstrom said.
Last year, the county initially had money for 650 summer jobs. That number increased suddenly to 950 in late June, as the Bush administration struggled to address urban problems after the Los Angeles riots. Ms. Sandstrom said the sudden increase caught the county a bit short. Only 875 of jobs were filled last year.