Youths land summer jobs, helped by $60,000 donation

June 08, 2008|By John Fritze | John Fritze,Sun reporter

A Baltimore faith-based group has donated $60,000 to the city's effort to find summer jobs for youths, helping secure positions for all those who applied, officials said yesterday.

Baltimore's YouthWorks program will place about 6,800 youths in six-week-long jobs this summer. The extra money will eliminate a waiting list of students hoping for summer work.

"Enough whining, enough complaining. The church community and the business community in this town need to start acting," said Bishop Douglas I. Miles, with Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development. "Every young person who wants a job should be given a job."

In addition to the donation, which will pay for 48 jobs, BUILD has found 29 more jobs for students, Miles said.

Miles was joined by Rev. Frank M. Reid III, pastor of Bethel AME Church, which donated an additional $10,000 to YouthWorks. Reid is Mayor Sheila Dixon's pastor.

Sponsors spend $1,250 for each of the workers, who range in age from 14 to 21. They work 30 hours a week and receive the minimum wage.

Last year, Dixon proposed expanding YouthWorks, and this year Baltimore spent $2.4 million on youth jobs, a $700,000 increase. Dixon has said that she hopes to use the program to offer young people jobs year-round.

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