Community Center Receives $35,000 Grant for Teen Job Skills Education Program


The Youth Professional Skills Development Program is Back for its Second Year!

In partnership with the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) and the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF), the Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade, MD, is proud to be hosting Year 2 of the Youth Professional Skills Development Program, which ran as a pilot program during the 2018-2019 school year.
The program is designed with a clear goal in mind: teaching, motivating, and empowering teens to become successful employees in future jobs. During weekly “Skills Sessions”, participants focus on the development of ‘soft skills’, such as communication, decision-making, work ethic, and professionalism. Teens then have the opportunity to practice these skills as Junior Staff members during real-time Work Sessions,where they are mentored by Community Center staff.

Program Highlights

• Weekly 1-hour educational sessions (Thursdays)
• Practical work experiences to develop skills and earn $20+ per month!
• Guest speakers in a variety of professions
• Build Service Learning hours
• Complete a community service project
• Go on Field Trips


Important Upcoming Dates

The start of the program is coming very soon! Here’s what you need to know..
September 26th: Program Kick-Off Event
  • From 6pm-8pm, new and returning Junior Staff can enjoy an evening of fun, games, and FOOD!
  • This will be a time to connect with other participants and have some fun to celebrate the program start.
  • Refreshments will be served, with ping-pong, volleyball, Wii games, and more!
  • There will be program info for parents and participants to review, highlighting the program and some of the new additions.
If you are interested in attending the Kick-Off event, email Connor at with your RSVP!

MAERDAF 2019 Kick Off Party


October 3rd: First Skills Session
  • The first official Skills Session of the program will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 6:30pm-8pm.
  • At the start of the program, Skills Sessions will be held weekly on Thursdays.

The Community Center is very excited to host this program and look forward to seeing everyone soon!
To register for the program or to find out more information, please contact Connor Brown at the Community Center (301-241-5085,


To find out more about the programs funded by the RMC, visit their website at
Skills Poster Ad 2019-2020