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SuccessLink employment partners

Connecting and developing Boston’s youth through the workforce.

Please note that the summer SuccessLink employment partner application is closed. You can find more information about partnering with us to employ Boston youth during the school year and summer below. 

SuccessLink Overview

About the Program

The SuccessLink Youth Employment Program is funded by the City of Boston. It is designed not only to recruit and hire youth, but also to ensure that their employment experience is:

  • engaging
  • meaningful, and
  • a building block for their professional development and personal success.

We partner with nearly 200 community based organizations across the City of Boston. We provide thousands of youth with employment opportunities throughout the summer and school year.

Every year the City of Boston invests nearly 7 million dollars into community based organizations located in neighborhoods across the City. Our goal is to give youth early exposure to various career paths. Partnerships within this program are made up of two distinct components.



These are unique employment opportunities within City government and other quasi-City municipalities. City agency jobs should provide youth with an inside perspective of what it is to be a public servant. They should also offer an in-depth outlook of the:

  • professional development
  • career pathways, and
  • other necessary preparation for future careers in City government.

These are mission driven employment opportunities within organizations. They are rooted in having a positive social impact that benefits communities and neighborhoods. Nonprofit jobs should provide a youth with an inside perspective of what it looks like to fuel purpose driven work with passion and vocation to influence change.

Successlink Employment Partners

For over 25 years, we have employed 15- to 24-year-old youth and young adults at local Boston community-based organization. We have partnered with more than 200 groups to support:

  • diversifying Boston’s workforce
  • developing youth and young adult talent and skills, and enhancing access to employment for over 30,000 Boston youth.
Types of SuccessLink Partners:
  • Music, art, theater, and dance
  • Government and advocacy
  • S.T.E.M.
  • Sports and recreation
  • Child care, education, and many more!

By partnering with us, we will provide your organization with the following benefits:

  • Support for your organization’s vision and goals by employing Boston’s youth to work at your agency.
  • Connect with a network of community-based organizations to ensure to expand your organization's network.
  • Engage with over 10,000 Boston youth annually.
  • Expand your organization’s relationships through our network, major events, and connections to City agencies.
  • Allows financial flexibility by alleviating labor cost.
  • Provide constructive alternatives through civic engagement and workforce development opportunities.
  • Become the next big thing to change the lives of Boston’s youth.

Summer SuccessLink Partnership Types

We administer funding in two primary partnership formats:

  1. City of Boston SuccessLink Direct Partnership
  2. City of Boston SuccessLink Grant Partnership

Please note: Organizations can only opt-in to one of the funding opportunities.


We provide selected organizations with an allocated number of youth positions. We hold the responsibility for:

  • managing and administering the hiring, and
  • the payroll process for youth employees.

We provides selected organizations with an allocated number of youth positions. The wages for the youth employees will be funded through a grant. The nonprofit organization holds the responsibility for:

  • managing and administering the hiring, and
  • the payroll process for youth employees.

SuccessLink Partner Testimonials

SuccessLink employment partners

SuccessLink employment partners

SuccessLink employment partners

"Engaging youth while they are young and eager keeps them on the path to a successful future!" - Appalachian Mountain Club

“Youth employment is vital for youth growth. All these jobs help provide youth with critical experience and skills to help them excel in life! It's their foundation!" - Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

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