Mayor Menino, Local CEOs, and Boston Public Schools Students Thanks Employers and Pushes for More Companies to Offer Summer Jobs to City Youth
City Also Unveils New Summer Jobs Website
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For Immediate Release
January 30, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino tonight thanked the many local companies that offer summer jobs to city youth while using their example to push for many more businesses to step up and do the same.

“No other city has a summer jobs program like ours.  And no other city has a business community like ours.  This is why Boston offers the most summer jobs per capita of any major city in America,” the Mayor said. “But we can and need to do much more, especially because federal and state resources continue to decline.  Just 14 percent of companies that have more than 100 employees offer a summer job.  We need to involve more businesses, and we need to reach out to new partners.”

The city also used last night’s event at the State Street Building on Lincoln Street to unveil,, a brand new city website aimed at recruiting more companies to hire youth and showcasing those that do. By promoting the company on the website and sending a message out to more than 17,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook, the Mayor hopes that businesses will also see the publicity benefits as another reason to hire a high school student.

“This website will be the centerpiece of our 2012 summer jobs program. Businesses can sign up to hire teens, view testimonials, and learn more about our program,” Mayor Menino said. “And if companies hire teens, we’ll feature the businesses on the website and promote their involvement.”


State Street CEO Jay Hooley and Partners Healthcare CEO Gary Gottlieb also spoke at last night’s event.  State Street was the single largest employer with 184 students last summer, and Partners HealthCare, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, hired a total of 366 last year.

Summer youth employment is a key component of the city’s business strategy. The effort grows a new generation of workers while creating a high level of talent coming out of urban neighborhoods.

The Boston Private Industry Council has a Career Specialist in every high school in the city, and they work with students’ job readiness skills and career interests.  Additionally, there is Job Shadow day where hundreds of Boston Public Schools students spend one day shadowing an adult mentor (including elected officials like the Mayor and Governor Deval Patrick.) This year it's happening next Friday, February 3.

Then, during April school vacation week, hundreds of adult volunteers from businesses do "mock interviews" with BPS students. This is a major undertaking and allows students to burnish their resumes and interviewing skills in prep for the real thing later in the spring when businesses who have signed up to hire youth will do real interviews and selections.

These actions are paying dividends for BPS students like Shaylim Blackwell, a senior at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School.  He has worked at State Street for the past two summers and plans to work there again this summer. He started as a mailroom intern in 2012 and moved up to a Technology Integration Intern last summer.

“My experience at State Street has been amazing.  Besides earning money, I have learned how to focus on the job and take constructive criticism,” Blackwell said. “I never thought that being from the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood of Dorchester, I would have this opportunity.  I hope more kids and companies can have this type of summer experience.”

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Mayor Menino recognizes supporters of the Summer Jobs Campaign


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