Loyola Business Blog

EMBA Student Stacy Wirth: “Hire One Youth” Ambassador

Stacy Wirth, EMBA ’17Stacy Wirth, EMBA ’17, is a corporate ambassador for the Baltimore City Mayor's Hire One Youth initiative as well as a business development and account management professional at Veolia.

Hire One Youth helps corporations in the region offer paid internships to inner city youth. The Mayor's Office of Employment Development screens the students and prepares them for work in the corporate world. The program has had amazing success with the students they have had as interns.

The Hire One Youth program focuses on looking toward the future – who will be your company’s workforce of tomorrow? What skills will you need them to have to keep your business efficient and profitable? Hire One Youth can help you build your future workforce today.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Hire One Youth Chair and Greater Baltimore Committee President & CEO Don Fry will be sharing more information about this mutually beneficial initiative in the coming weeks with the hope that individuals will join Veolia and become a Hire One Youth employer in 2015. In the meantime, please consider the following:
  • Despite the our nation’s economic recovery from the Great Recession, employment rates for teens and young adults today have dropped to lows not seen since World War II. In the not-too-distant future, this will have a profound impact on employers’ abilities to hire workers with demonstrated work competencies (including academic, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills) to meet job demands.
  • Hire One Youth is an opportunity to engage a 16-21-year-old who is responsible, motivated and engaged. 
  • Hire One Youth prescreens job applicants for skills and interests, and provides a minimum of six hours of job readiness training to each applicant before referring them to your company for interviews.
  • Hire One Youth provides a job coach available throughout the summer employment period to assist with making the experience mutually beneficial.  
  • Employers in 2015 would pay participants at least the minimum wage of $8.25 per hour for a minimum of five weeks beginning in the summer. They can hire youth directly and put them on their own payroll, just as with any other employee, or Baltimore City can be the employer-of-record for Hire One Youth hires. 
  • If your company’s entry-level positions require specialized or hard-to-find skills, Hire One Youth can be an excellent way to prepare your ideal candidate for future job openings. Some employers use Hire One Youth as a paid training opportunity that can lead to a more permanent hire down the line.
Please contact Stacy at slwirth@loyola.edu if you would like to learn more about becoming a Hire One Youth employer.

If you would like to start the process of becoming a 2015 Hire One Youth employer for 2015, please register online.