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National Aquarium Celebrates YouthWorks Program


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Baltimore City’s Congressional Delegation was thanked by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today for their unrelenting support of the YouthWorks summer jobs program during a press conference held at the National Aquarium.

“Job opportunities for young people have dried up in this difficult economy.”

Congressman John Sarbanes said it right. With unemployment rates on the rise, it is even harder for high school students to find good, high-quality summer jobs. Summer jobs do not only provide extra cash, but they give our youth a sense of responsibility and the skills needed for their future career.

“This year, thanks to a grant sponsored by Congressman John Sarbanes and supported by the entire delegation, our YouthWorks summer jobs program is able to employ 300 young people in career-oriented positions at worksites such as Sinai Hospital, Civic Works and the National Aquarium,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The congressional delegation acquired a Department of Labor grant that provides six-week summer jobs to Baltimore’s youth and young adults as a part of YouthWorks new Baltimore Career Corps project. This project helps connect youth to jobs at more than 20 various worksites, including the National Aquarium.

The National Aquarium has been an economic engine for the city of Baltimore and state of Maryland for almost 30 years, and is proud to be a worksite for the YouthWorks summer job program. This summer the National Aquarium helped provide jobs to 28 of Baltimore’s youth and young adults.

“We’re very pleased to partner with the city to support our future workforce through the 2010 Youth Works Baltimore Career Corps,” said Paula Schaedlich, chief operating officer for the National Aquarium in Baltimore. “The kids who are participating learn so much during the time they’re with us, and it’s gratifying to help them begin to develop the skills they’ll need to have successful careers.”

Two YouthWork participants from the National Aquarium expressed their gratitude for having a job this summer. Dayna King, a senior at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, first worked at the National Aquarium last summer through the YouthWorks program. He was then hired to work at the Aquarium part-time during the school year.

“Summer 2009 was the best summer ever because I had a job,” he said.   

Derrick Murrell, a 2010 Patterson High School graduate, started at the aquarium this summer. He plans to study at TESST College of Technology in the fall.

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