Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Jason W. Mitchell, Ed.D., is pleased to announce that recruitment is now underway for the 2023 Class of YH2O Career Mentoring Program participants. This award-winning, job-readiness program helps prepare young Baltimore City adults for public works careers.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 24. Applicants’ interviews will be held Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 14. The 2023 YH2O Career Mentoring Program begins Monday, March 20.
The YH2O Career Mentoring Program (“YH2O”) now serves Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, and Howard County residents, ages 18-24, who have a high school diploma or GED, are unemployed or underemployed, and, are not currently enrolled in a job-training program or post-secondary education. Baltimore City is proud of the 154 young men and women who have successfully completed YH2O since its inception in 2015.
The three-phased, six-month program provides career exploration, job shadowing, and industry-related tours to help familiarize YH2O participants with the public works industry. Participants also receive job-readiness training and a summer job through YouthWorks, which enhances their work skills and training.
YH2O is a public-private job partnership, spearheaded by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) in alliance with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) and the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA).
Past YH2O graduates have attained such DPW positions as Laborers, Community Aides, Operations Technician Apprentices, and Customer Care Analysts. The career mentoring program has expanded to include careers in other areas within the Department of Public Works including solid waste, and the internet technology sections.
Applications are available on the DPW website or by contacting Anthony L. Greene, DPW Youth Program Coordinator, 410-396-4257; AnthonyL.Greene@baltimorecity.gov; or MOED website and by contacting Curtis Landen, MOED Internship Coordinator, (410) 396-6722; Clanden@oedworks.com.