Mayor Walsh encourages teens to sign up for summer employment
June 11, 2014
Mayor Walsh announced that Hopeline registration will re-open for two days this week for teens ages 15 to 18. Registering through the Hopeline is the first step in the City's youth employment program, led by the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, to engage youth who may have missed the initial sign-up rounds for Mayor Walsh’s initial outreach for summer youth employment.
"I want all of our young people to have access to a summer job and connect with the City’s summer job resources," said Mayor Walsh. “Investing in youth and keeping young people engaged during the summer will help us move Boston forward and see our young leaders develop even further.”
Boston residents with a valid social security number between the ages of 15 to 18 are eligible to register for a summer job at www.BostonYouthFund.org from 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 12 through 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. In addition, applicants may sign up in person on Saturday, June 14 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. at the Department of Youth and Engagement headquarters located at 1483 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120.
Youth employees not only have the opportunity to gain work experience, but also have the opportunity to participate in career development training and expand their networks. Shari Davis, Executive Director of the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, saw firsthand the benefits of the City’s youth employment efforts.
"When I was in high school, I landed my first job with the Boston Youth Fund. I learned the value of serving my community, started to understand financial planning, and was able to contribute to my family. Ten years later, I have the privilege of seeing other young people start to think about their careers and gain experience that they will carry through life," said Davis.
Most teens participating in the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program work 25 hours per week for six to seven weeks, and earn $8.00 per hour. Registering on the Hopeline does not guarantee a summer job; however, registration is required to secure a position.
Employers who can provide a summer job opportunity can visits www.bostonsummerjobs.org for more information. In addition, tax-deductible donations in support of summer job creation for Boston youth can be made and submitted to:
City of Boston Summer Jobs Program
Boston City Hall, Room M35
One City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201