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Youthworks Success Story

November 2011 – “Youthworks Success Story” Press Release from the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development

“It felt like I belonged here from week one,” said David Wiggins, 17, of his position at the nonprofit Second Chance. He started working there in June 2011 in a six-week summer job through Baltimore City’s YouthWorks program operated by the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED), but he knew almost immediately that he wanted to stay with the organization long‐term.
“I knew I wanted to work here,” he said. “I like the atmosphere and the workers. Lifting is making me stronger. It’s hard work but it’s fun. We work as a team to get stuff done faster.”

In an evaluation at the end of the YouthWorks program, David’s supervisor described him as “consistent and enthusiastic with a positive attitude; [he is] ready and willing to complete assigned tasks, takes initiative, and is a team player.” David’s enthusiasm and hard work paid off, and he was hired by Second Chance as a full‐time warehouse worker in October 2011…..