“I want to be a fashion designer and I want to start my own clothing line. After working a couple of years, I’m going back to college to make this happen.” — Keyaira
Youth Employment Resources
Whether you’re considering part time or full time work, there are a number of programs in Baltimore City which can help you prepare for entering the workforce and help you find a job.
- Bridge to Career Success
If you are in foster care or receiving aftercare services, you can get help getting your GED or high school diploma and receive job readiness training through the Bridge to Career Success program. For more information, contact your case worker.
For more information about Youth Opportunity Baltimore, check out YO Baltimore! at
Not sure what you’d like to do?
- Explore career information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
What do you Like? — www.bls.gov
- Considering military service?
Be sure to check out these sites:
- Apprenticeship Programs
Youth, 16 years or older, can participate in over 200 apprenticeship programs in Maryland. For more information about getting on-the-job training though an apprenticeship, Check out:
- Job Corps
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life. www.jobcorps.gov/home.aspx
- Mayor’s Office of Employment Development: Youth Services
Click here for more info: www.oedworks.com/youthserv/index.htm
- Finding Work
What are the hot jobs in Baltimore? www.oedworks.com/jobseek/index.htm
- Job Corps
Employment Rules, Rights & Responsibilities
- Useful Links
- National Youth Employment Coalition — provides links to academic articles on a range of youth employment issues and topics. www.nyec.org
- Maryland Workforce Exchange — search for current job openings in Maryland, and create resumes to use to apply on-line for jobs. https://mwejobs.maryland.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx
- Choose Maryland — provides statistics on jobs in Maryland. http://business.maryland.gov/about/rankings-and-statistics/data-explorer
- Work Permits
Want to get a job? In Maryland, you must have a Minor Work Permit if you are between the ages of 14 and 17 years old. For more information about work permits and to download an application, click here.
MD Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation: www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/
- More on Maryland Law
If you are under the age of 18, there are legal restrictions regarding where, when and how long you are permitted to work. For more information about Maryland’s employment laws for youth, check out this fact sheet located at www.dllr.state.md.us/labor/wages/empm.shtml
- Youth Employment
As a minor, you may be prohibited from some specific work activities that are dangerous. For more information about the rules of employment for youth, check out: youthrules.dol.gov
- Rights and Responsibilities. Visit the Youth@Work website by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Check out: https://www.eeoc.gov/youth/
- Teen Workers — Occupational Safety & Health Administration: https://www.osha.gov/youngworkers/