In support of the Baltimore Builders Workforce Development Program, providing 65 youth from the Brooklyn/Curtis Bay neighborhood with paid, on-the-job work experience in maintaining community gardens and completing other community improvement projects.
In support of providing 150 young adults from underserved neighborhoods with IT certification training and paid internships in the IT industry. Within one year of graduating, participating students are employed with an average starting wage of $16 per hour.
In support of providing youth who reside in the McElderry Park and Ellwood Park neighborhoods with paid work opportunities eliminating trash and reducing illegal dumping to create a safer and cleaner environment.
In support of providing 50 returning citizens with paid work experience, repairing cars for Vehicle for Change’s Full Circle Service Center. Program graduates are placed into jobs as certified automotive mechanics, earning at least $17 per hour.
Since February 2000, with support from the Abell Foundation, the Rose Street Community Center (Rose Street) has offered small weekly stipends to community residents in exchange for participation in daily community cleanups or gang mediation meetings. Last year, Rose Street served more than 120 people per week. Nearly 20% of those served each week (an average of 22 people) reside in Rose Street’s five transitional houses. Those residing in the houses participate daily in community cleanups. Once they have secured employment, Rose Street staff assists them in obtaining permanent housing. Roughly a third of those served each week (30 to 40 people) are in recovery or active addiction. They participate in a morning motivational meeting and receive a small stipend for bus transportation. Over half of those served each week (approximately 70 people) are high-risk youth ages 15 to 24. Rose Street holds morning meetings with the youth where the youth identify and de-escalate disputes. Rose Street also connects the youth to programs and services available in the community.
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