Coppin State Welcomes YouthWorks Program Participants

Published Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

YouthWorks participants increase their job readiness skills.


On Monday, July 9, Coppin State University accepted two participants from YouthWorks, Doris Cooper and Maya Butler. YouthWorks is Baltimore's summer youth employment program.  

YouthWorks pre-screens young people who reside in Baltimore City and are between the age of 14-21 for interests and skills. Applicants are able to select from a menu of occupations that align with their interests.

Doris Cooper, a 2018 fine arts graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, plans to attend Baltimore City Community College in the fall to major in fine arts. She is spending her summer on the campus of Coppin State University working in the Office of University Relations. University Relations is responsible for communications and marketing for the university.

Maya Butler, a 2018 graduate of Western High School, also plans to attend Baltimore City Community College in the fall and study engineering. Maya is spending the summer working in the Office of Institutional Advancement.

In the short time that Cooper and Butler have been on campus, they have been involved in a number of activities, including; working on a photo shoot and a social media campaign, helping to plan several on and off-campus events, and providing office clerical and receptionist support. Cooper has even had her art portfolio reviewed by the department’s Director of Creative Services.

Both Cooper and Butler say that without this summer’s Youthworks experience, they might be home, missing out on a valuable experience and summer income.

This isn’t Cooper’s first time with YouthWorks or on Coppin State’s campus. Last year, Cooper was assigned to the Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC), which focuses on team-based conservation and restoration opportunities for youth at Maryland State Parks.