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

2018 Youth Program application

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Howard County Summer Youth Program (HCSYP). The intent of the HCSYP is to provide youth 14-21 years of age with a paid internship with Howard County Government. The program will focus on job readiness and career exploration while providing valuable work experience.

To participate in the HCSYP, you must be a Howard County Resident between the ages of 15-21; along with meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Low Income
  • Homeless or Runaway
  • Pregnant or Parenting
  • An Offender
  • High School Drop Out
  • Foster Child
  • Deficient in Basic Literacy Skills (IEP)
  • Youth with a Disability

The HCSYP participants will be able and committed to work up to 25 hours a week while earning a competitive wage for nine weeks (June 25, 2018 through August 24, 2018). There will be a mandatory orientation held on June 25, 2018 through June 29, 2018 from 9 am - 1:00 pm at the Columbia Workforce Center located at 7161 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046.

Please complete and turn in all copies of the appropriate documentation along with the application to be considered for the program. Upon receiving your completed packet, it will be reviewed for accuracy and completeness; if complete you may receive a call for an interview. Positions are limited! They will be assigned based on order of receipt of a complete packet and the interview process. The deadline to submit your packet is Friday, May 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm at The Columbia Workforce Center, located at 7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.

The Howard County Summer Youth Program is contingent upon funding availability.

2018 Summer Youth Application
2018 Youth Flyer

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.