March 22, 2017

Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program Private Sector Engagement Reception

On March 22, the PIC collaborated with Bank of America and the City of Boston to host the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program Private Sector Engagement Reception. With summer jobs season right around the corner, the event provided a way for employers who are interested in hiring Boston high school students for summer internships to connect with those who have hired for years. Companies ranging from small tech startups, to real estate companies, to large healthcare organizations convened to share best practices and opportunities around hiring youth.

Several champions of youth employment across the city addressed employers. Miceal Chamberlain, President of the Massachusetts Market at Bank of America, welcomed guests and kicked off the program by discussing how hiring high school students bolsters the local talent pipeline and increases the number of qualified workers entering the labor force to fill in-demand positions. Then, Ken Montgomery, PIC board chair and First VP and COO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, shared that hiring youth has brought fresh ideas and energy to the Federal Reserve. 

Next, attendees heard from Sandra Mancebo, a finance associate in the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. When she was in high school, Mancebo obtained summer jobs at precursors to Bank of America through her PIC career specialist. The experience not only allowed her to support her family’s income, but it also enabled her to imagine herself working in a professional environment. Mancebo credits this initial professional workplace experience with motivating her to commit to her education and aim high in her career goals. 

Mayor Martin J. Walsh addressed employers about the critical role that youth summer jobs play in continuing to improve the economic vitality of Boston. Citing lower arrest rates and record-high high school graduation rates, Mayor Walsh described how paid employment opportunities keep Boston youth on track. He called on more employers to sign on to the program and commit to bringing young people into their workplaces this summer.

To close out the program, Neil Sullivan, Executive Director of the PIC, announced a new guide for employers looking to start an internship program at their company. The Employer Guide describes the benefits for students and employers and outlines how to develop such a program, including a timeline with action steps and answers to frequently asked questions. The PIC partnered with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to create the guide, based on demand from employers who wanted this type of information.

To learn more about the PIC’s role in managing the private sector component of the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, or to sign up to hire students at your workplace, please visit our Youth Employment page.

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