With the spotlight still on jobs in Baltimore, the U.S. Department of Labor is lending a hand to Baltimore’s youth by way of a $5 million grant.
The money, part of a total $22 million spread across seven U.S. cities, will fund a One Baltimore for Jobs initiative designed to serve 16- to 29-year-olds who are out of school and out of work. The grant comes on the heels of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s push to expand the city’s youth summer jobs program.
“We cannot afford to ignore the challenges facing our young people today, and we must do all we can to ensure that opportunity is available to all,” Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez said in a statement. “This grant will offer young people in Baltimore who are at-risk of falling off the economic ladder a chance to chart a new course, gain job skills and find stable, meaningful careers.”