A nonprofit in Baltimore is working to create a pipeline of young talent who can make an impact in the workforce.

More than 100 students enrolled in Year Up Baltimore met with corporate partners Friday at a networking event in northwest Baltimore.

Students in the free workforce development program learn technical skills down to the details, such as how to dress professionally.

Kevin Jennings said he was working warehouse jobs after high school but always had a passion for technology. He said Year Up Baltimore has already changed his life.

“Now, I get to dress up every day. I get to be proud in the way I look. I get to be proud in what I’m saying. And I get to be confident in the information I’m learning. I’m not just learning how to build a pallet or how to move a forklift, which are great tools to have, but I just feel like I found my purpose here,” Jennings said.

Students are enrolled in information technology, cybersecurity or business operations programs at Baltimore City Community College. They’ll go on to intern at a corporate partner for six months.

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