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City's youth summer jobs program needs $1.5 million to meet demand

City's youth summer jobs program needs $1.5 million to meet demand

Nijah Bryant, a 22-year-old from a rough part of West Baltimore, is ambitious, good with numbers and on a path toward a career in the hospitality industry. But for years he struggled to get employers to see his potential. After leaving college to help support his family, he found it difficult to advance from jobs at stores. "I would walk into an interview ... and there's an assumption about me already because of my peers," he said. "That can really hurt your self-esteem. You feel you don't have opportunities." That changed last summer when he applied to a Baltimore youth employment program and landed a six-week job at the Baltimore Hilton. It opened up...

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