Mayor Martin Walsh announced on Aug. 3 the creation of 175 additional youth summer jobs for nine community-based organizations, according to a press release. The jobs were created through $230,000 in corporate and individuals sponsorships to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Fund.
“Jobs provide Boston youth with meaningful work experience,” said Walsh, according to the press release. “Thanks to our community sponsors, who understand how to make a difference in a young person’s life, we will be able to continue to create more opportunities for our young people and invest in the future of our City.”
The nine organizations that received the additional funding are Action for Boston Community Development SummerWorks (91 jobs); Boston Youth Wrestling (3 jobs); Eliot Church (28 jobs); Mothers for Justice and Equality (6 jobs); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (7 jobs); Phillips Brooks House Association (10 jobs); Smart from the State (5 jobs); Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation (3 jobs); and Talented and Gifted Latino Program, University of Massachusetts-Boston (22 jobs).
“Mayor Walsh’s support of youth jobs provided us with the resources needed to provide six additional youths who had lost a friend, sibling and/or parent to street violence with a safe space to learn and heal from the aftermath of their lost, while earning money and learning the importance of civic leadership,” said Monalisa Smith, president and CEO at Mothers for Justice and Equality, according to the press release. “We believe the Mayor’s leadership in youth employment is key in support of our efforts in ending street violence.”
Walsh established the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Fund in 2014 to help organizations in need of additional funding to fully operate and execute youth employment programs. The Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program has created more than 10,000 jobs.