For Immediate Release
July 23, 2012
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Mayor Menino announced today that the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Campaign has resulted in more than 10,000 positions for Boston teens. The Mayor put forth the ambitious goal for the 2012 campaign early this year, even in the wake of federal funding cuts and a challenging economy. Public, private, and non-profit partners combined to create more than 10,000 positions this summer, bucking a nationwide trend in which cities across the country are struggling to provide jobs for teens.
“It was a big hill to climb to get to 10,000, but together we did it,” said Mayor Menino. “Every job makes a difference and our corporate partners, foundations, and small businesses really stepped it up for Boston’s students. The City put in more than $4 million through the Boston Youth Fund and we received support from the State, but the public sector could not have done it alone.”
The Mayor credited new outreach among several key strategies in the successful quest for 10,000. In January, Mayor Menino launched a new website with the Private Industry Council, bostonsummerjobs.org, which provided key information and helpful testimonials for private companies interested in hiring teens. The Mayor followed up with video-emails asking businesses to partner this year. Major new corporate partners signed on, including Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Hill Holliday, as did Emerson College and other institutions. They join long time partners including John Hancock, Partners Healthcare, State Street, and the Boston Red Sox.
The program officially started this monthas students began at their job sites and it will continue through the summer. Boston teens will take on work responsibilities at sites in all neighborhoods of the city, and in many cases will receive additional training – in financial literacy, professional development, MCAS support – depending on their site and needs.
Businesses and companies throughout Boston can still help by either providing jobs or generously donating to the program so that teens can be placed in positions with nonprofit and community groups. For more information on the Summer Jobs program visit www.bostonsummerjobs.org or call 617-542-WORK.