For Immediate Release
August 08, 2011
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Mayor Menino today joined State Street Foundation and Boston teens to recognize the 13 local foundations, corporations, and individual donors that make up the Youth Violence Prevention (YVP) Collaborative group for their commitment to funding summer jobs. Led by the State Street Foundation, YVP Collaborative funders donated $800,000 to provide 450 youth jobs at local community organizations this summer and school year. The jobs are concentrated on youths in targeted areas of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan that tend to have higher crime and drop-out rates.
As the federal government cut all support for summer jobs this year – the equivalent of 1,600 jobs – Mayor Menino began an aggressive campaign asking private business and local foundations to step up to help fill that gap. The YVP Collaborative group answered the Mayor’s call by increasing their funding by $150,000 from last year.
“We all know that government can’t do it all. So, one of the most important partnerships any mayor can have is with the foundation and business community,” Mayor Menino said. “I’ve always said that summer jobs are a building block for so many important life lessons. Here in Boston we are fortunate to have a lot of great local organizations like State Street and the Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative’s funders who share that belief. Together, we will have put nearly 10 thousand teens to work this summer.”
The priority for the YVP funders was to make sure that this opportunity was targeted to youths who live in areas struggling with high unemployment rates and street violence, ensuring that these jobs would reach the kids who may not have access to other employment opportunities. The 450 teens employed through this effort are from the Bowdoin-Geneva and Grove Hall neighborhoods, the Franklin Field area of Mattapan, and the Warren Street/Upper Blue Hill Ave area. Each teen was placed in a job within Boston neighborhoods to give them an opportunity to provide services and improve the community where they live.
In May, Mayor Menino held a summer jobs rally with hundreds of students, asking for more support from the community to help close the funding gap. At that time, the City had secured funding for approximately 7,500 jobs. Thanks to the efforts of Boston’s business community and local foundations, the City expects to have employed nearly 10,000 teens this summer.
The 13 funders that make up the YVP Summer Jobs Funding Initiative include:
- State Street Foundation
- United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley
- The Boston Foundation and The Boston Foundation StreetSafe Program
- Hyams Foundation
- Klarman Family Foundation
- Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
- John Hancock Financial Services
- Eos Foundation
- The Boston Foundation Advised Fund Individual Donor
- Lenny Zakim Fund
- Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation
- Boston Private Bank and Trust
- Individual Donor (anonymous)