The Mayor's Office of Jobs & Community Services

It is our purpose as an innovative public agency to promote economic self-sufficiency to ensure the full participation of all Boston residents in the city's economic vitality and future. It is also our purpose to be an advocate, clearinghouse, and laboratory for "best practices" in literacy, beginning at birth; lifelong learning; job training/placement; and support services so Bostonians may fulfill their educational and employment aspirations.


    Neighborhood Jobs Trust (NJT) Request for Proposals: June 19, 2014

    On behalf of the City of Boston Neighborhood Jobs Trust, JCS has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for job training services. Programs funded through this RFP will provide low and moderate income adult Boston residents with training that leads to employment. A bidders’ conference will be held on June 26th at 10:00 AM in the Commonwealth Salon of the Copley Library, 700 Boylston Street; potential applicants are encouraged to attend.

    Job Training Services RFP 2014 »

    Job Training Services RFP Appendices (2014) »

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    Charlestown Adult Education Center Moving Forward Ceremony!

    JCS is currently the sole funder of the Charlestown Community Center, an adult literacy program operated by the Boston Housing Authority, and the only program of its kind in the neighborhood. Charlestown is home to the largest public housing development in all of New England and the needs for adult basic education are great. In June, several JCS attended a special ceremony honoring student graduates and those who completed a year of studies in ESOL or pre-GED/GED. JCS staff members were inspired by the multitude of student success stories achieved for many despite tremendous obstacles.

    More Information and Pictures from the Charlestown Adult Education Center »

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    Who qualifies for federal training dollars?

    Boston receives federal funding to pay for some residents’ skills training classes. This flyer provides information about the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program:

    WIA Training Application Information »

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    ReadBoston has several literacy-rich programs serving children in all of Boston's neighborhoods. Our programs reach children from birth through age eight in school, after school, during summer vacation and even before they are old enough to attend school.
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    WriteBoston is a citywide initiative that mobilizes schools, families and community agencies to improve writing proficiency among Boston high school students. Writing is critical to academic success and has proven to be the gateway skill for student success on the MCAS.

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    Y.O.U. is Boston's Youth Re-entry program providing a broad range of services to court-involved youth from 14 to 24 years of age. A partnership of educators, law enforcement officials, and business and community leaders has come together to maximize the services necessary for the growth and success of Boston's young people.

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    Green Jobs Boston

    Green Jobs Boston is a city-wide initiative coordinating a growing list of green job creation, training and placement efforts. Boston's conversion to a sustainable city is stimulating job growth and creating opportunity across all economic sectors. Mayor Menino is committed to ensuring that all Boston residents have access to the benefits of a new green economy.

    Green Jobs Boston »

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    Youth Jobs Video: Building Futures

    Preparing the next generation of US workers is a major focus of the Massachusetts Workforce Development System. Youth program participants explain how they've been impacted, in this video produced for the Massachusetts Workforce Summit, June 21, 2011.

    Youth Jobs: Building Futures »

  • FY 2012 Workforce Investment Act Plan

    The Boston Private Industry Council, Inc. (PIC), serving as the Boston Workforce Investment Board (WIB), and the Mayor’s Office of Jobs & Community Services (JCS), representing the Boston Workforce Investment Area’s Chief Elected Official, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, are required to prepare a Fiscal Year 2012 “Annual Workforce Development Business Plan” for the City of Boston for submission to the Massachusetts Department of Career Services (DCS). The PIC and JCS welcome public comment on the proposed FY-2012 Plan. Click for more background, instructions and contact information.

    FY 2012 WIA Background »

    FY2012 WIA Plan »

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  • See a listing of upcoming JCS events.

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  • Boston Living Wage


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    $1.67 per square foot

  • State Minimum Wage

    $8.00 per hour

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