Baltimore Youth Arts is a creative entrepreneurship and job training program that provides artistic and professional opportunities to young people, ages 14-22, with a focus on those who have contact with the justice system. Our mission is to assist young people in gaining the creative, personal, and educational skills that will enable them to become leaders in their communities.
Studio Apprentices receive in-depth arts training, learn job and entrepreneurial skills, and participate in events to sell their work in the community. Apprentices are trained in a number of artistic techniques, including painting, drawing, screen printing, and digital design. This summer youth will be working on a variety of projects, including:
- Designing and painting murals for community partners
- Developing a visual and audio social media campaign that counters the negative perceptions of Baltimore
- Providing multimedia art and design services for a local business
Many young people have missed the opportunity to benefit from Baltimore’s summer employment program, YouthWorks, because they were residing in detention throughout the application period. Your donations will allow us to hire students we have been working with in the Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center and others referred to us by their lawyers, families, and probation officers.
Where your donations go:
Cost for one young person working 25 hours/week for 5 weeks: $1,262.5
Summer incentives given to youth who complete the program (that raises the hourly wage from $10.10 to $12.50): $300/young person
Fund to help youth purchases IDs and bus passes
We are excited for this summer and looking forward to working with talented young people across Baltimore. Thank you for your support of BYA!
“BYA has benefited me by giving me job connections and skill improving opportunities.” - Amani C.
“[My favorite part of BYA is] that we have job readiness classes and also being able to join classes that will help us be better artists.” - Daydrin F.
“The staff members at BYA are here to help and understanding and I would want my peers to get this experience.” - Nick S.
“Yes, [I would recommend BYA] because I think it's a good experience to have and it adds to our resumes. My favorite part of BYA is getting to know co-workers and becoming comfortable with them. I gained artistic experience, contributed to my resume, and formed friendships with coworkers.” - Brittany W
All donations are tax-deductible through Fusion Partnerships, BYA’s fiscal sponsor.