Community Action’s Youth Services Department has two divisions that serve Anne Arundel County children and youth – counseling and training.

Youth Development Services

Very simply, Community Action’s Youth Development Service believes all children can succeed.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

Sometimes successful youth development gets sidetracked when kids become distracted with problems at home, in school, or on the street.  Through comprehensive counseling services and referrals, the Youth Development Service helps kids and their families tackle problems before they escalate so they can refocus on healthy living and learning.  Bilingual services are available.

Housed in the Stanton Center, our Youth Development Service has been helping county youth since 1972.  Mandated to provide needed early intervention, diversion and prevention services, it welcomes referrals from individuals, community programs, schools, and organizations.  We offer children and youth programming which promotes growth, positive self-esteem and strong families.

Community Action’s Youth Development Service is located at 92 West Washington Street in Annapolis.  Please call 410.626.1800 to set up an appointment.

Green Summer Works

Since 2010, Community Action’s Green Summer Works program has been offering low-income Anne Arundel County youth the opportunity to undergo comprehensive workforce preparation, soft skills, and financial literacy training, while also gaining hands-on work experience through a paid summer internship.  The program gives them the tools they need to successfully complete their educations and join the workforce.

Green Summer Works participants enter the program through recommendations from their school, an organization or through past participants and their family members.  More and more, youth are self-selecting to join the Green Summer Works team after hearing about the program from a friend at school.  GSW youth WANT to succeed and achieve their goals.


of Green Summer Works participants have continued their high school educations


of high school graduates have went to college or the military


of all participants have leveraged their program experience into private sector jobs

Each summer, 20-25 youth come together to gain new experiences and learn from some of the most talented training facilitators in our area.  All training sessions are developed to be hands-on, interactive, and age-appropriate for youth.  Youth are assigned to work with one of CAA’s employer partners, who not only supervise their daily tasks, but evaluate the newly developed skills they have acquired.

For more information about GSW, contact Julie Snyder at or 410.626.1900 x1026.