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Council president calls for donations to support more youth summer jobs

Baltimore City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young called Thursday on corporate donors to help create 3,000 more jobs for city youth this summer.

In a Baltimore Sun op-ed, Young called for "Solutions, not excuses, for Baltimore post Freddie Gray." Among those solutions, Young says, is to give summer jobs to youth who want them.

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Young sad that this year, nearly 10,000 youth signed up for employment through the summer YouthWorks program, which gives students an opportunity to earn a $1,500 stipend by connecting them with local employers.

But only half of those applicants were able to join the program with its current funding, Young said. It would take another $4.5 million to fund an additional 3,000 jobs.

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Young said that in the coming weeks, he would review the city's proposed budget and identify cuts that could fund some of the jobs. But he also asked that the corporate community join the campaign by making a tax-deductible contribution to the effort.

"The roughly $4.5 million needed to fully fund these 3,000 slots should not be viewed as an expense but as a down-payment on a better Baltimore for all citizens," he wrote.

erica.green@baltsun.com

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