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Initiative highlights Boston jobs for youth

Posted on April 3, 2018

A local initiative is spotlighting jobs for Boston youth.

Recently the staff of Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF), City and elected officials, representatives of Boston youth serving agencies and over 1,000 Boston teens gathered at the City of Boston SuccessLink Youth Job & Resource Fair at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College.

“SuccessLink offers our youth the incredible opportunity to not only earn a paycheck, but also gain critical professional and life skills,” said Mayor Walsh. “We must make sure our youth have opportunities to continue learning and growing throughout the summer months. We’re looking forward to matching our bright young people with great employers for the upcoming summer.”

At the Job Fair, youth who have applied for a summer job through SuccessLink, the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program online tool, or who are planning to, had the opportunity to engage with over 100 Boston non-profit and public agencies that employ youth during the summer. There were also resource tables with important information and opportunities for teens, and interactive stations to help youth work on skills related to their employment search. Over 3,000 youth are employed each summer through the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program.

Boston is a leader in youth employment across the nation with a focus on offering meaningful employment opportunities to young people ages 15-18. Under the leadership of Mayor Walsh, 10,000 Boston youth are placed in jobs each summer through SuccessLink and other Boston youth employment efforts. Summer opportunities include paid positions with local cultural attractions, media outlets, Boston municipal government departments and as tutors, mentors and counselors at many summer day programs. Last summer 3,015 young people were employed through SuccessLink at over one hundred community based organizations.  BCYF YEE also manages a school year jobs program which hires over 500 youth each year.