February 28, 2017
Legislative Briefing: School-to-Career Connecting Activities
On Tuesday, February 28, Representative Nick Collins of South Boston hosted a legislative briefing at the State House to discuss how to increase private sector jobs and internships for public high school students in Boston and across the state. Legislators and staff engaged in a conversation with the PIC on the impact of School-to-Career Connecting Activities–the state budget line item that pays for the staff members who recruit and support employers and for the staff who identify, prepare, and match students with private sector employment opportunities.
Among those in attendance were Boston Representatives Daniel Cullinane, Russell Holmes, and Adrian Madaro, as well as Chair Paul Brodeur of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee and Chair Alice Peisch of the Education Committee. Attendees heard from two young people who have directly benefited from Connecting Activities, as well as a personal story from Representative Madaro.
Tony Mejia, a senior at English High School, worked with his PIC Career Specialist to land a Tech Apprentice internship at TD Garden. In addition to further developing his tech skills, Tony was able to bring his creativity to the workplace and get a taste of the career pathways available to him. Claudia Torres, a graduate of Dorchester Academy, spoke about her employment experiences in high school and the PIC staff who supported her along the way, even when the journey got a bit rocky. Claudia now works at the Apple Store on Boylston Street and successfully transferred from Bunker Hill Community College to UMass Boston. Representative Madaro landed a Ward Fellowship in high school with the help of his PIC career specialist, and shared how this experience propelled his career in public service.
We were grateful for this opportunity to talk with legislators about our work, and we look forward to continuing the larger conversation about the youth employment crisis and strategies to connect more youth with employment opportunities.