June 21, 2017

Preparing Students for a Summer of Work and Learning

Monday, July 10 will mark the official start of the 2017 Mayor's Summer Jobs Program. More than 9,000 students will work with local employers or community-based organizations this summer, including 2,800 PIC students, gaining the career and technical skills that will equip them for future education and career success. At the same time, employees at a wide range of companies will have the rewarding experience of supervising a young person and viewing their work from a fresh perspective. Private sector employers have pledged 1,200 summer internships for PIC students in an array of industries, including healthcare, finance, and IT/tech.  

Over the last three years, Mayor Walsh and his team have recruited 120 new companies to participate in the summer jobs program. In March, Bank of America and the PIC hosted a reception for employers who were invited to participate in the program by the Mayor this year. More than 100 people attended, and new employers had the opportunity to connect with those who have been hiring youth for years.

In addition to private sector internships, a smaller number of students will work in subsidized, community-based internships. These placements target students who were unsuccessful in gaining private sector employment, who participated in the PIC's Teen Leadership Institute, or who are part of specialized work and learning programs like the Summer Learning Project. New this summer, as part of an investment by JPMorgan Chase, twenty Boston public high school students will be identified for sponsored skill-based experiences where they will learn the habits of paid work and gain technical skills that will prepare them for future private sector employment. 

Summer is the culmination of months of career awareness and exploration activities organized by PIC career specialists in the Boston public high schools. The largest exploration event was the PIC's 22nd annual Job Shadow Day in March, when more than 400 Boston public high school students were paired with professionals at 26 local employers for a half-day job shadow experience. Throughout the school year, career specialists organize workshops on topics like workplace expectations, communication skills, and interview skills. They also help students identify best-fit jobs through interest and skills assessments, and work with them to develop professional resumes. When the final bell signals the close of the 2016-17 school year, summer jobs will ensure that students' career development education continues.

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