Maryland’s Service Year Option Program 

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Maryland’s Service Year Option Program 

Application Deadline Approaching

High school graduates in the Class of 2024 and other recent graduates can consider entering a special state program that will enhance their job skills and possibly introduce them to people who could help with the eventual careers. They could apply for the Service Year Option Program established by Governor Wes Moore last year. The next opportunity will begin this September, but applications must be submitted by Saturday, June 15.

Applicants from the classes of 2024, 2023, 2022 and 2021 will be considered. Benefits of the program include:

  • Nine months of pay making at least $15 per hour.
  • $6,000 award upon completion of the program.
  • Real world experience with an employer in field of interest.
  • On the job training, mentoring and professional development.
  • Exposure to employers and colleges across Maryland.
  • Opportunity to enroll in a Federally recognized and registered apprenticeship pathway.

Anyone accepted into the program will be expected to commit to working at least 30 hours per week. The program is flexible and meant for both young adults with higher education aspirations and those without.

Program partnerships with Maryland’s Historically Black colleges and universities and community colleges are available to provide collaboration and support for interested participants. The program also can focus on aligning skilled trades and apprenticeship programs to help participants go from Service Year participants directly into the workforce.

Contact with any requests and questions or visit Maryland’s Service and Civic Innovation website.

This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.


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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Thanks for sharing, make it a great Sunday and enjoy your weekend!

Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Jun 09, 2024 03:29 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love this program and every city should have something similar for those who choose not to go onto college.

Jun 09, 2024 05:38 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Roy, There should be more programs like this to help enhance job skills!

Jun 09, 2024 06:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hello Roy... I'm a big believer in this kind of program or what the Brits do with a gap year before graduates move on to university.

Jun 09, 2024 09:29 AM