City Program Pays Teens To Help Keep Seniors Safe During Winter

February 9, 2016

If you live anywhere near Baltimore, Maryland, you recently experienced a snowfall that shocked everyone – dumping more than 27 inches across the city.

Thousands brought out their plows and snowblowers to tackle the mess, which was enough to exhaust even the most fit person.

But it was the community’s seniors who were affected the most, many of whom would put their lives in danger just to attempt shoveling their own stairs.

That’s when hundreds of teens grabbed a shovel and fanned out across the city to help them.

Baltimore has started a City Youth Snow Program, which encourages pre-teens and young adults to help shovel the sidewalks of any residents who are 65 and older, or those who have disabilities.

And in return the teens get up to $10 an hour from the city for their hard work.

The City Youth Snow Program uses modern technology to connect with the teens. By downloading an app called “Be A Boss” to their phone, they receive notifications if a new job is available within a few blocks of their home.

Shovels are provided by the city, and all the teens have to do is take a before and after picture of the sidewalk with the app to show the work was done.

As of the day this story first aired, over 345 youths between the ages of 14 and 21 have signed up to assist the 1,000 seniors and residents with disabilities who have also joined the program.