High school graduates in Maryland now have the opportunity to participate in a public service year that will be financially supported by the state government.
The subsidized service year is the first of its kind in the entire country, according to the office of Maryland Governor Wes Moore, a Democrat.
During this service year, participants will be placed in jobs paying at least $15 an hour for a minimum of 30 hours a week, while also providing services to Maryland communities.
The Maryland Corps is also open to residents of all ages, connecting individuals with organizations that offer at least $15 per hour, as well as professional development and job training opportunities.
At the end of their time in the program, participants will receive $6,000 either as a direct payment or for educational purposes.
The organizations hosting program participants include nonprofits, private companies, Maryland public agencies, and various schools. Graduates entering the service year will be placed in positions based on their areas of interest.
“By calling on Marylanders to serve – and serve together – we will ensure that our citizens develop the skills needed to meet society’s needs,” Mr. Wes Moore said in a statement.