Youth Services

The Office of Workforce development works with youth to help them in identifying and accomplishing their educational and career goals. Our services are aimed to help you succeed! Our staff will work with you one-on-one to create a personal plan for success and to connect you to education and /or in-demand industry occupations. For more information about enroll in our program click here.

Summer Youth Information

2020 Summer Youth Employment Program

2020 Summer Youth Package is now available! Click here to apply!

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Howard County Virtual Summer Youth Program. The program will focus on valuable job readiness skills and career exploration in a structured virtual learning environment.

To participate in the Howard County Virtual Summer Youth Program, you must be a Howard County Resident between the ages of 14-24; and meet one or more of the following criteria:

• Low Income

• Homeless or Runaway

• Pregnant or Parenting

• An Offender

• At Risk or Disconnected Youth

• High School Drop Out

• Foster Child • Deficient in Basic Literacy Skills(IEP)

• Youth with a Disability

If selected to participate in the Howard County Virtual Summer Youth Program, participants must be committed to working up to 20 hours per week and will earn a competitive wage for a maximum of five weeks.

We anticipate operating the program from July 13,2020 until August 14, 2020. We will hold a mandatory orientation on July 13, 2020 and July 14, 2020. Enclosed is a packet of information containing: a Documentation Check-Off Sheet, SSCI Background Check Form, Maryland Work Permit Application, and a Howard County Virtual Sumer Youth Program Employment Application. Please complete and return all copies of the appropriate documentation along with the completed application to be considered for the program.

Once received, your packet will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness. If complete and you are selected for the program, you will be contacted for an interview. Positions are limited! Participants will be selected based upon order of receipt of a complete packet and through the interview process. Participants are strongly encouraged to submit completed packets with documentation electronically through the Howard County Office of Workforce Development Portal ( If you choose to mail your packet, please send it to the Columbia Workforce Center, 7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046. The deadline to submit your packet electronically or by U.S. mail is Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm. Due to program constraints, late or incomplete packets will not be considered or accepted. There may be delays in the delivery of mailed packets.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either Jermira Sarratt or Ninah Dawson at 410-290- 2620 or email them to or

Additional services we provide include:
  • Career and employment coaching
  • High school diploma attainment
  • Skills training
  • Tutoring   
  • Resume and interviewing assistance
  • Job search assistance
  • Paid/unpaid work experience

Who is eligible?

All youth must reside in Howard County, be ages 16-24 and meet one of the following criteria:

  • High school drop out
  • Homeless or runaway
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Foster child
  • An offender
  • Lack basic skills in reading and math
  • Low income