BERC Summer Youth Employment Program Seeking Business Partners

BERC Summer Youth Employment Program Seeking Business Partners

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Heather Powell, Manager
Carroll County Business/Employment Resource Center

Summer Youth Employment Program Seeking Business Partners

Westminster, MD, Thursday, April 29, 2021 – The Carroll County Business/Employment Resource Center (BERC) is seeking business partners to work with youth during a summer paid work experience program. The program, planning to employ 25 youths, will begin July 8th and run for six weeks.

BERC’s Summer Youth Employment Program serves Carroll County youth who have never worked or who have one or more barriers to employment. Most of the summer program participants are high school age – 16 to 18 years old. BERC offers career guidance and opportunities for youth to gain meaningful work experience onsite with Carroll businesses while getting paid through the county – eliminating the financial risk for the business partners. Participants will earn $11.75 an hour.

“The summer program provides a great opportunity for the business mentor to introduce a young person to a possible career and help them to gain self-worth.  In addition, it provides much-needed temporary labor for the business”, said BERC Manager Heather Powell. Local business mentors help the youth to gain the experience they need to be successful in the workforce. This year’s program will be a hybrid model focusing on job skills learned on-site and virtual motivation to learn about the soft skills needed to be successful at work.

BERC is currently recruiting both youth participants and business partners. Businesses and youth who are interested in participating in this program should contact Youth Program Coordinator Megan Blizzard at 410-386-2826 or Employment Services Supervisor Tammy Haines may also be contacted at 410-386-2831 or for more information.

About Carroll County Business/Employment Resource Center:
Carroll County Business/Employment Resource Center (BERC) is Economic Development’s workforce agency that is part of America’s Job Network and the Mid-Maryland Workforce Development Area.  The BERC mission is to develop a highly trained and effective workforce for new and existing businesses, to assist individuals in achieving employment and to encourage lifelong learning.  BERC is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information please call 410-386-2820 or visit the website at

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