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.

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
Summer Youth Information

2019 Youth Program application

The Office of Workforce Development's Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), provides Howard County youth between the ages of 14-21 with paid internships within Howard County Government. The program focuses on job readiness and career exploration while providing valuable work experience to youth.

We are now accepting applications for our 2019 summer youth program. Download a Summer Youth Application here!  The application deadline is May 17, 2019 at 4PM. Late applications will not be accepted.  

Contact us:
To get further information or to set up an appointment to enroll in the program, contact our youth coordinator, Jermira Sarratt, at 410-290-2620 or email jesarratt@howardcountymd.gov for more information.

Equal Opportunity Program: As an equal opportunity program, discrimination in WIOA Title I financially assisted programs or activities is prohibited by federal law and by Howard County Government. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need an accommodation, please contact Stephanie Hill at 410-290-2620, TTY 410-312-0827. Our programs are made possible in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service in time and funding.