May 13, 2019 | By John Patti
In a room on the campus of Baltimore City Community College, several dozen young adults mix and mingle with representatives of some of Baltimore’s prominent corporations in hopes of landing an internship which could lead to a career.
These students are part of “Year Up Baltimore,” a National Workforce Development Program catering to 18 to 24 year old adults who have been disconnected from higher education or careers because of the zip code that they live in or because their college situation changed. Most come from low and moderate income housing where opportunity is often a dream.
“Year Up Baltimore” Site Director Cliff Morgan says they recruit two classes each year. One class, with 120 students, begins in January, the other, with the same number of students, begins in August. The recruits spend six months in the “learning and development” phase at BCCC. They then spend the next 6 months as an intern in one of the approximately 40 corporate sponsors associated with the program.
In the nine years that he has been at “Year Up Baltimore,” Morgan says he has seen “tons of success stories” where a recruit turns his or her skills into a career, which leads to the purchase of a house and a lifestyle that would not have been possible because of the zip code they grew up in.
Funding for the program comes mainly from corporate sponsors such as The Abell Foundation, BGE Home, Johns Hopkins, and Carefirst.
Morgan says “Year Up Baltimore” is currently recruiting students, sponsors and donations. Get more information at yearup.org/Baltimore.