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SuccessLink Youth Employment Partner application

The SuccessLink Summer Youth Employment Partner Application is now open. Applications are due by Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

We are pleased to release the partner application for the 2021 SuccessLink Summer Youth Employment Program. Local nonprofits, Community Based Organizations (CBO’s), and City agencies based in Boston are invited to apply. For more information, including a preview of the application questions, please read the eligibility and program requirements.

Have questions? Contact:


Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

SuccessLink info sessions

Register for a SuccessLink Partner Application information session:

Register for Feb. 12, 2021, at 11 a.m.
register for feb. 16, 2021, at 12 p.m.

SuccessLink overview

About the Program

The Department of Youth Engagement and Employment's 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.


City of Boston Agencies:

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.
Nonprofit Organizations:

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 Partnership Types

We will 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.

SuccessLink Direct Partnership:

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.
SuccessLink Grant Partnership:

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.

Apply to become a partner

Fill out our SuccessLink Summer Youth Employment Partner application below:

Apply To Be A Partner

SuccessLink timeline

Please note: The following information is subject to change.


Important Dates

Partnership Application Information Sessions

Friday, February 12, 2021, and Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Partnership Application Opens 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Partnership Application Closes

Sunday, February 21, 2021, by 11:59 p.m.

Organizations notified of partnership decision & youth allotment 

Friday, February 26, 2021, by 5 p.m.

SuccessLink Youth Registration Launch

Monday, March 29, 2021

Mandatory SuccessLink Partner Orientation (Part I)

March (TBD)

Summer 2021 Virtual Youth Job Fair

April (Tentative - TBD)

SuccessLink Youth Application Closes

Sunday, April 30, 2021

Partner Final Youth Selections Due

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Mandatory YouthWorks  Partner Orientation (select partners)

April (TBD)

Youth Onboarding Period

Monday, March 29, 2021 - Friday, June 18, 2021

Mandatory SuccessLink Partner Orientation (Part II)

June (TBD)

60% of award funding released to SuccessLink Grant Partners

July 2021

SuccessLink Grant Partner Convening 

Friday, July 23, 2021

SuccessLink Grant Partner Mid-season Audit Report Due

Monday, August 2, 2021

40% of award funding released to SuccessLink Grant Partners (contingent upon satisfactory mid-season audit)

August 2021

Summer 2021 SuccessLink Employment Program

Monday, June 28, 2021 - Friday, August 27, 2021.

SuccessLink Grant Partner Final  Audit

Monday September 13, 2021

SuccessLink Grant Partner Return of Unused Funding

Friday, October 1, 2021