Town Manager James Schumacher accepted a plaque Friday from the Thomas O'Farrell Youth Center. The award honors Sykesville's "continuing support of the off-campus youth employment program."
The awards ceremony culminated the center's second annual Career Awareness Day Friday and included notes of appreciation to Sykesville and several other employers who have hired youth in its program.
O'Farrell houses 40 teen-aged boys committed to its program by lTC the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.
"We asked Jim to accept the award because he started the program in town for us," said Dalita Friend, vocational coordinator at O'Farrell.
Several youths from the Marriottsville center have worked for the town's maintenance and public works departments for about a year.
Mr. Schumacher encouraged the students to continue working with the program.
"You are all young enough to make decisions to improve," he said. "Every single person here has a talent that gives you that ability."
He urged the students to take lessons learned at O'Farrell home.
"Find a job you like enough to stay two years; get on a budget and get career training," he said.